During BBQ season and the holidays, you may have a lot of corn around. Corn on the cob that’s fresh off the grill – with butter on top. Corn to go with creamy mash potatoes and a great big turkey.
Your dog is likely at these gatherings and is hoping to get a bite of the action, so you wonder:
Can dogs eat corn?
This article will break down the facts if corn is okay for dogs to eat, when they can eat it and any nutritional value it provides.
For the most part, yes. But there are words of caution.
Before feeding your dog corn, it is always advised to consult with your trusted medical professional to make sure this plan is right for your furry friend.
What Exactly Is Corn
Corn is a whole grain.
Each little kernel is its own grain. But – it is also a vegetable, a starchy vegetable and based on its structure, some argue it’s a fruit. This is because a fruit is something that comes from the flower or seed of a plant, which popcorn does.
So corn is a whole grain, vegetable and (like the surprising status of the avocado) – a fruit.
Is Corn Good or Bad for Dogs?
Some sources feel it is a “filler” food, while others cheer on its nutritional benefits, due to its:
- Protein (Kernels are about 6 – 12% protein)
- Linoleic acid
The best thing to do is to consult with your veterinary professional to make sure some is okay for your dog and its breed. Then, if you proceed, serve in moderation and in the right forms.
The Way to Serve Your Dog Corn
It is very important to serve corn to your dog in the right way. Just as you would not serve them raw shrimp, there are safe & unsafe ways to give your dog corn.
The best way is to serve cooked (like boiled) raw kernels – not canned. No additions on here. As much as we love rubbing butter, salt and spices all over that golden cob, those are NOT good for your pup and do not fit in with your canine’s nutritional needs.
Again, there’s some debate on the frozen and canned route. With canned foods, there are a lot of extra additives and a higher salt content. It may be okay but, again, err on the side of caution and know fresh cob and kernels are likely best for them and their health.
Can My Dog Eat Corn on the Cob?
The cob can be highly dangerous to your pooch. Although it’s huge, they can swallow it in their eagerness to chew. This can get lodged in their throat and even be fatal.
If you think your dog has eaten a cob, call your veterinary professional immediately.
In fact, even if your dog does not eat the whole cob, even just chewing can be harmful because little pieces that break off can scratch or cause internally damage your pup’s intestines.
How Much Corn to Feed My Dog
Typically, servings of this food are like most things in life: Okay with moderation.
There are a variety of views, but all emphasize moderation. Some suggest you can feed your dog corn up to 10% of your pup’s diet.
Many feel it’s best to give just a few kernels – to make sure they are eating a safe level.
Is It Possible for Dogs to Be Allergic to Corn?
Yes, it can happen.
What’s also important to be aware of is that dogs may be able to eat it when they are younger but then develop canine food allergies as they age.
How Do I Know if My Dog Has Corn Allergies?
Look out for telltale signs after you’ve given them a few very small pieces of cooked corn.
- Skin being irritated
- An over-obsessive amount of licking
- Stomach issues, such as loose stools