In this post, I answered the question, “Is corn good for dogs?”
Like other grains, corn has been brought to the trial table of how safe it is for our pets.
Most dogs enjoy the taste of corn and this makes it hard to accept that corn may be bad for them. But is it good for their health?
Keep reading to find out whether corn is good for your dog or not.
Is Corn Good For Dogs?
Yes, it is. However, it is better served in moderate amounts.
Corn supplies the body with needed nutrients for growth and sustenance.
Top on the list of these nutrients is carbohydrates, which the body breaks down to produce energy.
Your dog needs the energy to remain active.
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Other nutrients found in corn but in small quantities are protein, fibre, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
All these ingredients contribute their quota to improving your dog’s health.
Next, we’ll look at when corn is not good for dogs.
When Is Corn Not Good For Dogs?
Corn is not good for dogs with grain allergies. If your dog has been diagnosed with an allergy to corn or any other grain, it is best to slow down in giving him corn.
Secondly, when your dog feeds on corn from the cob. The cob is not an edible part of the corn. And when your dog eats directly from the cob, he may ingest some part of it.
This can lead to digestive problems like intestinal obstruction (a state of emergency). I’m sure you don’t want that.
Again, corn in its natural state is gluten-free. But you cannot give your dog raw corn because his digestive system is not wired to breakdown cellulose.
On the other hand, cooked or processed corn which you can feed your dog is not gluten-free. This can be a problem, especially where the corn is consumed in la
In the next section, we’ll see the different ways dogs consume corn.
How Dogs Consume Corn
There are two principal ways that dogs consume corn:
Solely As A Meal Or Treat
When serving your dog corn as a meal or treat, remember to be moderate.
The major nutrient contained in corn is carbohydrates, which is not the recommended primary source of energy for dogs.
Fat in meat is the best source of energy for dogs. You want to keep that in mind.
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II. As An Ingredient In Commercial Foods
Corn is a very common grain, easy to find, and affordable as well. This, in addition to the nutrients it provides, makes it a major ingredient in many dog foods.
Moving on, I’ll show you the best variety of corn to feed your dog.
Corn Varieties That Are Good For Dogs
- Sweet Corn kernels – this makes for a delicious treat and food toppings for your dog.
Remember to offer it in moderate amounts and do not fall into the temptation of letting your dog eat from the cob.
- Popcorn – is another corn variety that your dog will love.
Be sure that it is not made with salt, butter, or any seasonings.
Also, the corn should be thoroughly popped to prevent any remaining hard kernels from sticking in between your dog’s teeth or getting caught in their throat.
Again, moderation is the key here.
If your dog enjoys corn a lot, check out the next section for a list of dog foods with corn as a major ingredient.
Dog Foods From Popular Brands That Contain Corn
- Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets HA Hydrolyzed Formula Dry Dog Food
- Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition Roasted Chicken, Rice & Vegetable Flavor Dry Dog Food
- Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets Gentle Snackers Hydrolyzed Dog Treats
- PupCorn Plus Chicken & Cheddar Cheese Dog Treats
- Purina Pro Plan Focus Adult Classic Sensitive Skin & Stomach Salmon & Rice Entree Canned Dog Food
- Iams ProActive Health Adult MiniChunks Dry Dog Food
- Rachael Ray Nutrish Natural Chicken & Veggies Recipe Dry Dog Food
- Royal Canin Veterinary Diet Gastrointestinal Low Fat Canned Dog Food
- Hill’s Prescription Diet Hypo-Treats Dog Treatsams ProActive Health Adult Large Breed Dry Dog Food
- Kibbles ‘n Bits Original Savory Beef & Chicken Flavors Dry Dog Food
When you suspect your dog has developed an allergy to corn, do well to inform your vet immediately.
Some signs that your pet has developed an allergy or ingested corn cob include abdominal sensitivity, lethargy, diarrhoea, constipation, loss of appetite, etc.
This is where we’ll draw the drapes in our discussion on, ‘is corn good for dogs?’
We established that corn is good for dogs but only in moderate amounts. I hope you enjoyed the read.
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Now, tell me, do you feed corn to your dog or does he get it from packaged foods?
Let’s have your response in the comments section.
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