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Are you thinking of feeding your dog some corn?
You aren’t alone. We get asked about this topic a lot.
First, it should be pointed out that maize is a very unique grain.
The thing is corn isn’t entirely natural. It would not have grown without the advent of cultivation.
In any case, when it comes to your dog’s diet, sharing really shouldn’t be a regular thing.
Corn Is Not Great For Dogs
It’s certainly not toxic, but not healthy either.
Small amounts of corn won’t harm your dog, but regularly feeding it is sort of a bad idea.
It’s basically a mediocre choice.
What are the valid reasons to avoid frequently feeding your furry friend maize?
For one, the high carbohydrates are a sub-par source of energy.
Also consider that corn may contribute to allergies. Keep reading to learn more…
A Cheap Food Filler
The fact is most pets eat too much grain.
Only since commercially-produced dog food became popular has corn and other questionable fillers been added to the mix.
There’s plenty of evidence linking health issues dogs commonly have to certain ingredients in store-bought products. And corn is a top culprit.
A Corny Perspective
It is easy to think of corn as a natural food, but again it’s only recently been cultivated.
This leafy stalk would not exist if man hadn’t arranged it.
Why do dog food manufacturers favor corn and its derivatives?
It’s an inexpensive grain compared to meat and quality protein.
You’d be smart to refrain from regularly feeding corn despite the fiber and other nutrients.
FYI: There’s been a push to have maize phased-out from dog foods which is a positive development!
Corn on the Cob?
Corn-on-the-cob seems like a food that’s perfect for a dog to gnaw on.
But please, please don’t toss them a leftover husk.
While a whole cob appears difficult to consume, dogs can make quick work of it (especially if they’re hungry enough).
Corn on the cob can cause a serious intestinal blockage if your dog manages to get one down their throat.
Watch this video on how to safely feed your dog corn on the cob.
K9 Corn Consumption
If your dog gets into some corn by accident, or even popcorn, don’t worry about these carbs so much.
Just keep a close eye on them for awhile. Inspect stools to see if the corn passes through their system.
It’s okay to keep your dog on their regular eating schedule if things seem normal.
Not For Constipation
Corn doesn’t work that well for canine constipation.
Besides, dogs don’t generally experience this condition for extended periods. They process foods fairly fast.
It’s often best to let a case of constipation resolve itself naturally.
Pumpkin is a superior option for such a scenario. Forget about feeding corn.
The Bottom Line
Your dog should not be eating much corn.
They’re likely getting enough grains in regular dog food, sometimes too much.
If a pet eats a bit of corn it’s not cause for great concern. Just don’t make it a habit.
Get a quality grain-free dog food to provide valuable nutrients.