Can dogs eat corn? Everything you need to know
Can dogs eat corn?
Yes, dogs can eat corn! Corn is not toxic for dogs.
Only feed your dog the kernels of the corn (not the cob, as this can be a serious choking hazard).
Is corn good for dogs?
Corn is a safe snack for dogs when eaten in moderation, and does have some nutritional benefits.
Corn kernels are a source of fibre, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. It is high in carbohydrates, which provide energy but can also contribute to weight gain.
How to feed a dog corn
- Cooked: microwave, boil, roast or grill the corn cob and allow to cool.
- Off the cob: remove the kernels from the cob before or after cooking.
- Plain: no seasoning, butter or sauce.
- In moderation: feed as an occasional treat or meal topper.
How much corn can my dog eat?
Corn should be given to dogs in moderation as an occasional treat and not as a primary food source.
Corn is a carbohydrate-rich food, and while it’s not toxic to dogs, it doesn’t provide significant nutritional benefits to them. It should be considered as a treat, not as a part of their regular diet. Also consider all the other treats your dog may eat or have eaten that day, as treats should comprise only 10% of your dog’s overall diet.
The nutritional benefit of corn for dogs
- Vitamins, including B6 and C, help the immune system
- Minerals, including folate and magnesium, are important for overall health
- Antioxidants, including. lutein and zeaxanthin, are beneficial for eye health
- Fibre, which is important for digestive health
- Carbohydrates, which provide energy
Corn recipes for dogs
Corn and chicken dog biscuits
- 1 cup cooked and cooled corn kernels, off the cob
- 1 cup cooked and shredded chicken breast
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup oat flour
- 1 tablespoon olive oil (optional)
Bowl, baking tray lined with baking paper, oven preheated to 175°C
- Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well until thoroughly combined.
- With your hands or a spoon, shape small bite-sized biscuits from the mixture and place on the lined tray.
- Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the biscuits are firm and golden brown.
- Allow to cool completely, then store in an air-tight container.
The risks of dogs eating corn
Giving your dog too much corn at one time may cause a stomach upset, especially if your dog is not used to it. Always introduce a new food slowly and monitor for any signs of allergies or other ill effects. If your dog has a sensitive stomach, you can try feeding just a little corn to see if it causes any reaction.
Note that the cob of the corn can be a choking hazard or cause serious intestinal blockage (become stuck in the intestines, potentially leading to a life-threatening condition), so don’t feed this part to your dog.
Too many treats in your dog’s diet can cause health problems over the long term, including obesity and diabetes. Treats, including calorie-dense foods like corn, should only comprise 10% of your dog’s diet, and are best avoided altogether in dogs that are overweight, diabetic and/or on a prescription diet. Always consult your vet for nutritional advice if you are unsure.
Is popcorn safe for dogs?
Plain, unsalted and unbuttered popcorn is safe for dogs and can be given as an occasional treat.
Make sure you only give your dog fully popped kernels to eat (unpopped kernels are not digestible and can cause an upset tummy).
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