Is corn safe for dogs?
Can dogs eat corn is much of a controversial topic. Of course, this is not very surprising given that a lot of well-known dog food companies use it as their most common ingredient.
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.
Myths about corn and dog food
In their post The Truth About Corn in Dog Food, Pet Food Advisor tackles the following myths about corn in dog food:
Corn Has a Low Glycemic Index
Corn Does Not Cause Allergies
Corn Is Highly Digestible
Corn Has a High Biological Value
Corn Is Rich in Vitamins and Minerals
Corn Is a Superior Source of Energy
How to feed your dog fresh corn
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.
With which foods can dogs eat corn?
It is a good idea that you do not feed your dog corn that comes in the form of salsas or other mixtures. While it might be tempting to give your best friend a bite of a tortilla chip dipped in some kind of corn salsa, it is important to remember that salsas often contain garlic and onion, both of which can pose problems for your dog’s health.
In conclusion, corn is a controversial food for dogs not because of how it exist in its natural form, but how it is used in the production of food designed for dog consumption. We have friends that believe feeding dogs kibble that contains corn is tantamount to feeding a child candy bars for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Conversely, we have heard veterinarians tell us that the harm corn posses is more hype than reality, and that so-called “boutique” brands often benefit from demonizing corn in their pitch to sell more product.
Let us know what you think, and let the debate rage on!