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Can Dogs Eat Corn?

Today, the United States is the largest producer and consumer of corn — and by a long shot. Corn is in the sodas Americans drink and the potato chips they snack on; it’s in hamburgers and french fries, sauces and salad dressings, baked goods, breakfast cereals, virtually all poultry, and even most fish. The grain is so ubiquitous that it would take longer to list the foods that contain traces of it than to pinpoint the ones that don’t. 

The Washington Post

The short answer is “yes” or the long answer is “you bet they can!” After all according to the United States Department of Agriculture, Americans consume 700 kg (1540 lbs) per capita a year or over 4 pounds a day! The fact is that our ancestors have been eating corn or maize (as this grain crop is commonly called) for at least 9000 years! It is now believed that it was developed from the Mexican grass called teosinte.

What’s good for humans is good for dogs – right? So can dogs eat corn? Yes with some provisos!

Is Corn Safe For My Dog?

In moderation, and with the exception of corn on the cob, corn is fine for your dog. However, before giving corn as a treat you need to check just in case your dog is allergic to it. As part of a well balanced diet corn is fine. In fact many manufacturers of dog food choose this grain for the cereal content in preference to other grains.

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Corn On The Cob – A Word of Warning

can dogs eat corn

Never give your dog corn on the cob. It could choke him or cause a serious blockage in his intestines. So if you enjoy eating corn on the cob make absolutely sure all the members of your family are aware of the dangers it poses to your dog.

What Does Corn Contain? Facts You Need To Know!

One cup (164 grams) of sweet yellow corn contains (1):

Calories: 177 calories
Carbs: 41 grams
Protein: 5.4 grams
Fat: 2.1 grams
Fiber: 4.6 grams
Vitamin C: 17% of the daily value (DV)
Thiamine (vitamin B1): 24% of the DV
Folate (vitamin B9): 19% of the DV
Magnesium: 11% of the DV
Potassium: 10% of the DV

Is Corn Good For My Dog?

As per our aforementioned warning about never giving your dog corn when it’s on the cob, sweetcorn given in moderation and as an occasional treat is good for your dog. Here’s why….

Corn is a good source of antioxidants, carbohydrates, protein and linoleic acid and provides fat, fibre and important vitamins such as C, B1, B9. It also provides important minerals such as magnesium and potassium.

How About Popcorn? Is That Safe For My Dog?

Can dogs eat corn

Feel free to share some of your popcorn with your dog as you sit with your tub enjoying a movie with three provisos as follows…..

  1. The popcorn must be plain i.e must not contain any butter, sugar, toffee, salt or any other additives since all are bad for your dog.
  2. It must be given in moderation and in fact any treat including popcorn should never represent more than 10% of your dog’s total calorie intake.
  3. You need to check there are no corn kernels present that haven’t been popped because they are indigestible and could upset your dog’s stomach.
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