Can Dogs Eat Corn? 10 Things You May Not Know About this Golden Crop

There are some foods that dogs should never eat, but sweet corn isn’t one of them. In fact, corn is safe for dogs to eat. Corn is a highly digestible carbohydrate that is both fibrous and nutritious.

There are loads of misinformation on the web about how corn is essentially a “filler” ingredient. Dog owners are often confused due to the contradicting information on the internet. 

White Samoyed dog eating a corn

Here at K9Web, we offer the truth backed by research and current findings.

Do note that while a veterinary technician wrote this article, it should not substitute for medical advice. If your dog ate corn and has an adverse reaction, please immediately seek professional assistance or a DVM vet.

What are some facts about Corn?

Bull Terrier dog watching the corn in the table
Hungry white Bull Terrier dog watching the corn in the table – Image source

Many believe that corn doesn’t add any nutritional value to dog food, but corn is an inexpensive source of carbs, linoleic acid, fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and even protein. 

Corn can be found in many kibble recipes because it helps keep pet food affordable. Without corn, kibble would be a lot more expensive. 

While corn may be part of a well-balanced diet, it shouldn’t make up a large portion of a dog’s diet.

Unfortunately, there are a few myths perpetuated by the dog food industry, embellishing the nutritional benefits of corn.

There is nothing exceptional about corn, aside from the fact that it is reasonably priced and isn’t just empty calories.

Here are other nutritional facts about sweet corn:

Is Corn Good for Dogs?

A dog having a corn snacks
A dog having a corn snack in the middle of the sunny field – Image source

Offering your dog corn or sweet corn kernels as an occasional treat is totally fine. Having corn listed as an ingredient in fido’s dog food is to be expected, as long as it’s not too high up the list.

The first three ingredients should always be meat-based protein and not any form of gluten.

How about grain-free diets? According to Dr. Freeman of Tufts University, grains aren’t the problem, but the quality of the ingredients used in dog food.

Health Benefits of Corn

Corn won’t win any awards as a good source of protein, but it does have some protein content

Corn also contains antioxidants that help support your pup’s immune system.

There are trace amounts of fatty acids, folate, vitamins A and K in corn. Still, it’s not so extraordinary that veterinary nutritionists would recommend giving corn to your dogs daily.

Whole corn can help your dog’s digestive system, especially if he has constipation because the cellulose shell doesn’t break down during digestion and would encourage bowel movements.

Look at how cute this little Golden Retriever looks, scarfing down his tasty treat:

What type of Corn can dogs eat?

Corn comes in many forms. Baby corn, popcorn, raw, steamed, or grilled corn is all fair game as long as it’s plain and fresh.

Dog loves to eat popcorn
Meet Digit, a cute dog who loves to eat popcorn – Image source

How to Know Which Types of Corn Are Safe

Aside from not letting your dogs eat corn on the cob, there aren’t any hard and fast rules when it comes to feeding corn.

How much corn can I give my dog?

When it comes to human foods, always view them as treats. How much corn to give your pooch is entirely dependent on individual dogs. 

For small, obese, or dogs that are sensitive to new foods, you might want to keep the amount relatively modest.

We’re talking just one or two kernels. On the other hand, if your dog loves it, feel free to top his kibble with just a handful of corn. 

When is Corn unsafe for dogs?

Dachshund chewing the corncob
Little Dachshund dog chewing the corncob – Image source

Is corn bad for dogs? As long as corn is given in moderation, it should be okay.

Dog breeds that suffer from obesity should stay away from sweet corn because of its high starch content. 

You should never give your dog corn on the cob unsupervised because it’s a choking hazard and can be dangerous if swallowed. Even a small piece of cob can cause intestinal blockage, especially in small dogs.

Food allergies or sensitivities may develop at any age, so just because your dog used to be fine with cereal grains, your dog’s stomach might one day decide otherwise. 

An allergic reaction often occurs immediately after your dog ingests a particular ingredient, whereas a food sensitivity might cause certain problems if fed over an extended period.

If your dog is allergic to corn, he will be excessively itchy after consuming corn and might vomit or have diarrhea.

What should I do if my dog accidentally ate a corn cob?

Eating corn in a cob can cause some serious damage to your pup’s digestive tract. It can cause intestinal blockages, which can be fatal.

Ensure you tell your vet about the corn cob because corn cobs don’t show up easily on x-rays.

Symptoms of an intestinal blockage include a loss of appetite, lethargy, vomiting, or lethargy. In addition, black, tar-like stools are a symptom of injury to the GI tract. 

You should seek medical help immediately if your dog exhibits these symptoms. 

What are good Corn serving ideas for dogs?

Eurasier dog being feed with corn
A Eurasier dog being fed by the owner with steam corn – Image source

Plain popcorn is a wonderful low-calorie treat if given every once in a while. However, make sure you don’t give your dog any unpopped kernels as it may cause upset stomachs.

Also, it’s best to air-pop instead of popping them in oil.

When feeding corn, it’s best to give unbuttered and unsalted corn. This is because when a dog eats, they usually aren’t as picky as us humans!

What are some homemade corn recipes for your dog you can try at home?

While corn may be served plain, you can also dress it up with dog-friendly recipes. Here’s a corn cake recipe that your furry friend is sure to enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 2.2 lbs minced chicken
  • 1 medium apple, peeled and cubed
  • 1 crushed eggshell 
  • 1 cup of cooked brown rice 
  • 1 and ½ cups of vegetable mash
    • 1/2 cup of carrots 
    • 1/2 cup of peas 
    • 1/2 cup of sweet corn

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. Mix vegetable mash and rice together in bowl A
  3. Blend chopped apple, egg, and chicken in bowl B
  4. Grease and line a cake pan
  5. Add a thin but even layer of the mixture from bowl B
  6. Add ⅔ mixture from bowl A
  7. Spread ⅔ of the veggie and rice mixture on top of the first layer
  8. Add the rest of the mixture from bowl A
  9. Top with the remainder of bowl B
  10. Bake for 35 minutes
  11. Chill and serve!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Dog eating corn in a cornfield
Hey, I’m Sixa and I am a corn lover – Image source

Can Dogs Eat Canned Corn?

Yes, you can feed your pup canned corn since they mostly consist of kernels and no longer includes the cob. It’s also high in fiber but remember to give them small amounts.

Also, always check the labels before giving them to your pup. Not all canned corn products are created equal. Some canned corns are high in sodium which can lead to diarrhea and vomiting. 

Can Dogs Eat Creamed Corn?

It’s best to avoid creamed corn, though, as it contains milk and cream, which is a problem if your dog is lactose intolerant. Some creamed corn also includes garlic or onion, which are toxic for dogs.

What are food alternatives to corn for dogs?

Many human foods can be beneficial to dogs, but there are also certain foods they should avoid. Some healthier snacks include carrots, blueberries, or green peas.

You’ll find the latter cropping up as a corn alternative in certain dog foods.

However, recent studies suggest that there might be some correlation between peas and other legumes with heart disease in dogs. Therefore corn might still be a safer option.

Corn is a safe ingredient in dog food and can be a sweet treat

Shiba Inu protecting his corn snacks
A Shiba Inu dog lying in snow protecting his corn snacks – Image source

If prepared properly, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t give your dog corn kernels or sweet corn as a rare treat. Remember, everything in moderation. Excessive corn intake can cause obesity and kidney problems!

Share this article with other dog lovers, so they know what’s the best way to prepare corn for their furkids to enjoy, or leave a comment with your dog’s favorite recipe.

Further reading: What other vegetables can dogs eat?

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