Can Dogs Eat Corn – Is It Safe To Let Your Dog Eat Corn?
Corn is one of the most popular foods for dogs. Most people love feeding their pets corn on the cob. However, there are some things you need to know before giving your pet corn:
1) You must make sure that it’s not contaminated with any harmful bacteria or viruses.
(It would be better if it was organic! But don’t worry, we’ll get to that later.)
2) If you’re going to feed your dog corn, then you should buy organic corn.
There are many brands of organic corn out there. Some of them have been certified by USDA (United States Department Of Agriculture). Other brands may not be organic but they will still taste good and won’t cause any problems for your dog.
3) You should always wash your hands after handling the food and before eating it!
4) Don’t give your dog corn until he/she is at least 8 weeks old.
The older the dog gets, the greater chance of him getting sick from corn. That being said, if you do decide to give your puppy/kitten corn, then keep in mind that he/she might vomit up parts of it during digestion which could potentially hurt them.
5) NEVER feed your puppy or kitten something that has been sitting out in the open for more than 2 hours.
(NOTE: If you’re keeping it in the fridge, then make sure it stays in there for less than a week. After a week, throw it away!)
6) When you cook the corn, you must make sure that all the water has evaporated.
7) NEVER feed your dog moldy corn!
Throw it away if you see mold on it!
After reading this, are you ready to give your dog some corn?
Don’t worry, we’ll get to that soon!
Can Dogs Eat Corn On The Cob?
Before we begin, let’s talk about the health benefits of corn on the cob! For one thing, it’s low in calories and fats. It’s also rich in antioxidants and fiber. It can help with allergies, reduce cholesterol, promote heart health, and it can even fight cancer cells! Talk about a superfood!
With that being said, it would be a shame not to give your dog some corn on the cob. It’s nutritious and delicious! However, we need to talk about the risks of feeding your pet corn on the cob before you do:
1) Some dogs might have an allergic reaction to it.
(We’ll get to the symptoms later in this article.) If your dog is allergic to corn, then you must be extremely careful with this food.
2) Corn on the cob is extremely hard.
Even if your dog is strong enough to bite into it, chances are he might choke on the kernels without even swallowing any of it. (You might also need to cut the kernels off for smaller dogs.)
Be sure to cut the corn off for small dogs or puppies. If you’re not sure whether your dog can handle chewing the corn on its own, then you should cut it for him.
But don’t worry! There are other foods that contain corn that your dog can eat. We’ll look at those next!
Can Dogs Eat Corn Bread?
Ah, corn bread! If you’re from the south (USA), then you probably had this for breakfast a couple times. And if you ever have some leftover cornbread, then your dog might just love the leftovers as much as you do! (Just make sure it’s not moldy of course.)
But can a dog eat corn bread?
Yes, but once again we need to talk about the risks first before you go buying tons of corn bread for your dog.
1) It’s not very nutritious.
While corn itself is nutritious, when you add in all the other ingredients that are in corn bread (flour, sugar, milk, etc.), then you’re lowering the value of corn bread as a whole.
2) It’s easy for your dog to get sick from.
One bad apple (heh) can spoil the whole bunch, so to speak. One piece of rotten corn bread and your dog could get really sick, especially if he eats the whole thing.
Does this mean you shouldn’t feed your dog corn bread?
No, not at all! Just be sure to keep an eye on the quality of the bread. Never give him bread that is moldy or rotten. You should also pay attention to his reaction to it. If he starts throwing it all up, then stop feeding it to him for a while.
Can Dogs Eat Corn on the Cob?
If you were paying attention earlier, then you probably already know the answer to this question. But for the sake of everyone else, let’s go over the details one more time.
Can dogs eat corn on the cob?
Yes, as long as you’re careful with it! Check the corn (and the cob) for mold before you serve it to your dog. You might also want to remove the cob for smaller dogs or puppies since chewing on it can be difficult. And don’t give him so much that he starts throwing it all up.
But other than that, you can give your dog corn on the cob as a treat every now and then. Just be sure to not make it a regular meal.
Other Foods That Contain Corn
Okay, so we’ve gone over the main three that people often ask us about: corn on the cob, corn bread, and dog food that contain corn. But there are more foods out there that contain corn than just these! Let’s go over a few of them.
Human Foods That Contain Corn
There are tons of human foods that contain corn.
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