Can Dogs Eat Corn?
Some proponents of corn will also tell you that it is the greed and lust of the expensive, high-quality dog food companies that make them advertise that corn is not good for dogs.
While others have said it’s an excellent source of all sorts of good-sounding things, something that is not often mentioned is that corn is less than 50% digestible. Things that are not digestible easily can cause problems from a lot of dogs who have sensitive stomachs, as well as the smaller dogs (like pugs!) and senior dogs.
Something to consider then is, why feed something that is completely unnatural and hardly digestible to a dog when you can feed something that is highly digestible and species appropriate? You might also want to consider the amount of corn you will have to feed your dog, which is quite high compared of other ingredients.
It is also said that corn is high on carbohydrates, which is something our dogs do not have much use for, and so it turns into fat. Corn is bad for a dog’s heart, coat and digestive system.
Some dogs are also allergic to corn, which is why these days you will see a lot of high-quality dog food will mention “no-corn” on the top of their packaging.
Of course, this is all about processed corn in dog good. A few kernels of freshly boiled, unbuttered sweet corn is fine and a great occasional treat. It is not recommended at all that dogs eat corn as a primary substance in their food.
Dogs like corn, but a devoted owner should consider against giving their dog too much corn – for it can harm the dogs digestive system.
Many dogs love to chew on corn cobs – the taste of the salt, butter, and bits of corn, plus they are just fun to chew. Some dogs chew them up. Some dogs don’t. Corn cobs can cause intestinal obstruction, a very serious (and potentially fatal) medical condition. Additionally, some dogs are sensitive to corn and can suffer intestinal effects from that as well as the physical obstruction.
It is wise to keep all cobs away from your dog, safely secured in the trash. Dogs can be very “creative” when they want something in the trash, so make sure that the garbage is emptied or otherwise access protected from your pet.
If you suspect your dog has eaten a cob (or any food or foreign material that they shouldn’t have), please call your vet as soon as possible. The sooner you call the vet, the better it is for your pet.
Dogs should never eat the cob of a corn because they will not be able to digest it. It can clog their digestive tracts and kill them.