Can I Give My Dog Corn?

Can I Give My Dog Corn?There are some important factors to learn about before you consider corn for a canine. Many folks view this common food as harmless, or even healthy, whether for people or their dogs. Let’s set the record straight.

Also known as maize, this yellow grain is unique since it would not have grown naturally unless humans hadn’t cultivated it. So, corn is not something that’s entirely natural for dogs or even for people.

There’s an economic reason, sadly not a nutritional one, why corn is so often an ingredient in some low end dog foods. We are going to tell you exactly why it shouldn’t be a regular part of your best buddy’s diet.

Can I Give My Dog Corn? Answer: Not Recommended

It’s really not healthy for Fido and is best avoided.

Corn lacks vitamins and minerals but may also contribute to allergies. This carbohydrate isn’t a good energy source for dogs. Corn is used in low quality dog foods because it’s a cheap ingredient. Giving your canine a small amount of fresh corn isn’t going to harm them. That said, regularly feeding it isn’t recommended. There are better foods to use for cases of constipation such as pumpkin. Overall, corn is generally not a good choice for dogs.

Corn is used as cheap filler in many dog foods. Avoid this and instead get a quality grain-free brand that’s well-regarded.

Corn is a Cheap Food Filler

Most pet dogs are already getting too much grain in their regular chow. Only since the advent of commercially-produced dog food has there been grains and other questionable fillers added to the mix. Some believe that many of the health problems dogs experience are due to certain ingredients in their store-bought products including corn.

Consider a Corny Perspective

It’s easy to think of corn as being a natural food, but it’s something that has only recently been cultivated. The grains inside this leafy stalk wouldn’t be available if man hadn’t arranged it. But the dog food manufacturers favor corn since it’s an inexpensive grain compared to meat and quality protein.

In truth, you shouldn’t be regularly feeding your best buddy corn even though it contains lots of fiber and some other nutrients. There’s been a push to have it taken out of dog foods which is a good indicator of it not being the best food for them!

Canines & Corn-on-the-Cob

Corn-on-the-cob seems like a good thing for a dog to gnaw on, but don’t be tempted to toss them a husk. Although it seems like it would be difficult to consume, a dog can make quick work of a cob especially if they’re hungry enough. If your four-legged friend manages to get one down their throat, corn-on-the-cob can cause a serious intestinal blockage. Avoid such a scenario!

Accidental Corn Consumption

If your pet dog gets into some corn by accident, or even popcorn, don’t worry too much. Just keep a close eye on them for awhile. Looking at their stool can be helpful as a way to see when the corn passes through their system. Keep your dog on their regular eating schedule if things seem normal.

Withhold food only if corn complications develop, at which point you may want to consider speaking with a veterinary professional.

Not a K9 Constipation Remedy

If your dog seems to be constipated, corn likely won’t help much. Besides, dogs don’t generally experience extended cases of constipation since they process foods at a faster rate than humans. Often times it’s best to let such a situation resolve itself naturally. Alternatively, pumpkin is a much better option. In any case, forget about introducing corn.

Conclusion on Corn

Your dog probably shouldn’t be eating corn. They’re likely getting enough grains in their regular dog food, sometimes too much. If your best buddy ends up eating some, it most likely won’t cause an issue but a high quality grain-free dog food is much preferred. In any case, a large amount of corn consumption warrants close observation.

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Scott August, 2015

I have a Shetland Sheepdog and he’s a corn freak. He has been eating corn-on-the-cob for 7 years, not a lot. There have been no problems whatsoever.


Trudy February, 2015

I have deer in my back yard and 2 outside dogs. I want to feed the deer but I’m afraid the deer corn will harm the dogs. What do you think?


James February, 2015

Trudy, I think feeding deer is a really bad idea for you, the dogs and the deer. I wouldn’t do it!


Brent February, 2015

Our dog got a hold of an ear of feed corn that we had hung for the squirrels. She ate most of the kernels, but we got the cob away from her. 24 hours later, other than passing copious quantities of undigested corn kernels, she seems none the worse for wear.


Mel October, 2014

I fed my dog a sweet corn husk thinking it would be like a bone to her but she then stopped eating. I took her to the vet. Luckily I told the veterinarian what I had given her because he said a sweet corn husk would not have showed up on an x-ray. She is now fully recovered after my silly mistake.


Terence March, 2014

The majority of these are genetically modified: corn, cottonseed, canola and soybean oils.


James March, 2014

Hi Terence. Yes agreed, I believe I read somewhere that corn is now the top genetically modified food in the world. Who knows what the long term health effects of tampering with such important food supply chains will ultimately be. Cancer rates are already exploding.


Anthony Holmes November, 2013

As a vet, I would recommend that you should never give dogs left-over (or complete) corn-on-the-cob. They will eat them, usually because of the melted butter. Over the years, I have had to operate to remove all sorts of things stuck in dogs’ stomachs or intestines. A large proportion of them have been cobs.


James November, 2013

Anthony I appreciate your advice. I will update my content to reflect the expert info about corn-on-the-cob. Please come back again to share your professional first hand experience.


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