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Popcorn is perfect for munching, but what to do when your pet dog wants to be included?
Great question because it’s tough to refuse a furry friend when it comes to such a fun food. Some dogs really know how to turn on the charm!
Regardless, there is no need to feel guilty about not sharing!
It’s Best To Avoid Giving Your Dog Popcorn
At the very least, do not feed this treat with any frequency.
Here’s the deal:
Popcorn comes from corn which generally isn’t great for dogs. A small amount is fine, but there are several other factors to consider if you’re feeding it on the regular.
Plain Popcorn Is Best
Take a step back and assess all the ingredients.
Does the popcorn have added salt, butter, caramel or sweeteners?
There are so many tasty seasonings for this addictive snack; none of which are a wise choice for your dog.
Obviously salty, oily and sugary foods are bad for pets.
Be strict! Eliminate these from your dog’s diet.
Still want to share?
Be sure to go with plain popcorn and limit the amount. Don’t make a habit out of it.
Pro Popcorn Perspective
A small serving of unsalted and unflavored popcorn (without butter) won’t make a dog sick.
Some owners use it as a reward for training purposes, but be conservative for your dog’s sake.
Go easy and issues are unlikely.
Some would argue that a bit of plain popcorn makes for a decent snack.
The high fiber isn’t bad and the carbs provide energy. Your dog, assuming they get lots of exercise, can burn those corny calories.
Here is one vet’s take on it:
Popcorn Pitfalls For Pets
Something that cannot be stressed enough:
No fancy flavors and heavily-salted varieties.
What type of popcorn do you have?
Processed junk can certainly be harmful. In the long run, it will eventually affect your dog’s health.
Any artificial chemicals are absolutely inappropriate for pets.
Excessive sodium or sweet flavoring may lead to obesity and diabetes, possibility even heart problems and arthritis. Organ failure is possible is extreme cases.
We also dogs becoming more lethargic and overweight.
Careful with popcorn!
Dogs tend to wolf down popcorn pieces pretty fast. They can quickly reach the bottom of a bucket where the kernels are found.
You do not want your dog swallowing corn kernels! They aren’t digestible and you’ll see that in feces (poop).
Not only can consumption can trigger an upset stomach, but there are cases of canines choking on unpopped kernels. Easily avoidable!
Caution: Tiny pieces of popcorn can also get caught between the teeth. This could contribute to tooth decay and gum disease.
The Bottom Line
We do not recommend that you feed your dog popcorn. Nevertheless, a little bit won’t cause harm.
If you must share, strictly limit portions and do so only occasionally.
You’ve likely gone too far if your pooch expects to eat popcorn.
Added butter, salt or artificial flavors should be avoided. Also, never let your dog swallow corn kernels.