Can Dogs Eat Corn? Yes, but Only in Moderation
One of the surest signs summer is in full swing is when corn on the cob makes its triumphant return to farmers' markets, grocery stores, and dinner tables. It's a staple from Thanksgiving to the occasional barbecue. But can dogs eat corn and enjoy it like we do?
Yes, but only certain kinds of corn are healthy for dogs—like sweet corn. Dogs should only enjoy corn in moderation, and you definitely want to keep that corn cob away from them.
Learn more about corn for dogs:
Can Dogs Have Corn?
Yes, but as with most all "treats" for dogs, corn should be given in moderation. In small, regulated amounts, there's nothing wrong with your dog enjoying a little corn.
In fact, most types of corn, especially sweet corn, have enough natural sugars to make them taste good for dogs, so chances are high your dog will appreciate the tasty alternative to dog biscuits.
Is Corn Good for Dogs?
As long as you don't feed your pup too much, this vegetable is good for dogs. Corn is rich in protein, carbohydrates, fiber, and antioxidants, making it a great way to beef up the nutritional value of dog foods with as few ingredients as possible.
"Snacks that are high in fiber are useful because they can help suppress appetites," says Denver-based veterinarian Kaci Angelone, DVM. "High-fiber foods can make them feel fuller longer, which can help combat obesity."
Can Dogs Eat Corn Cobs?
Dogs should absolutely not have corn cobs. While it might seem like a fun treat-and-toy combo for your pup, corn cobs are fairly easy for dogs to break and chew, but they're difficult to swallow and digest. That can lead to intestinal blockages, which typically require surgery to treat.
What do you do if your dog eats a corn cob? If you think your dog has swallowed a piece of cob, watch them closely for signs of lethargy, dehydration, loss of appetite, or vomiting, then get them to a vet if any of the above occurs.
Can Dogs Eat Canned Corn?
Yes, and it's a great option for them, Angelone says. Just steer clear of corn casseroles and similar dishes because they contain additional fat and oil. Avoid creamed corn, too.
"It's a high-fiber snack, no added salt, no extra ingredients," Angelone adds.
Can Dogs Eat Corn Tortillas and Cornbread?
Once again, the biggest caution here is going to be moderation. Corn tortillas can be high in sodium, depending on how they are prepared, and cornbread is often laden with fat and butter, both of which can lead to upset stomachs and diarrhea in the short term, and chonky dogs in the long term.
Try not to purposely feed these foods to your dog, but if he swipes a bite dropped on the floor, he will probably be OK. Just watch for signs of illness and contact your vet ASAP if there's anything out of the ordinary.
What About Popcorn?
Popcorn is a safe treat for dogs in moderation, provided it's air-popped, unsalted, and unbuttered. That cuts down on sodium and empty calories. Too much regular consumption of buttered and salted popcorn can lead to obesity, heart issues, and digestion problems.
Other Veggies Dogs Can Eat
There are a variety of fruits and vegetables that are safe and healthy snacks. These veggies are some of the best ones for dogs because they're packed with vitamins and nutrients:
Though some plant foods can be good for dogs, it's best to stick to a balanced diet of healthy dog food your veterinarian recommends. If you do decide to give your pup a human food treat now and then, make sure your vet has cleared it, and always supervise your pet to watch for any signs of choking, allergies, or adverse reactions.