Can Dogs Eat Popcorn & Is It Safe For My Dog
Its a Saturday night, and you’re watching your favourite film, the snacks are in, popcorn, of course, there’s no other food you can eat whilst watching a film and they’re staring at you… is your pup! waiting for anything to drop so they can hoover it up, you end up giving in you and you furry friend are now sharing the popcorn, but have you ever thought if dogs can eat popcorn? Here Pretty Pup look at whether dogs can eat popcorn and see when it is bad for dogs and if there are any health benefits of them consuming this food.
Can dogs eat popcorn?
The answer is yes, dogs can enjoy popcorn as a healthy snack but there are a few things you need to know first before serving your dog popcorn. just like any food, it’s only okay in moderation, this also applies with popcorn if you want to give your dog popcorn only give them air-popped popcorn, this is so it’s not a choking hazard for your dog, and also only give them plain popcorn. Popcorn also has many minerals which are actually essential to your dog’s nutrition these include:
we’ve just been told dogs can enjoy popcorn as a healthy snack so how can it be bad for dogs? just like us humans, popcorn would be a healthy snack if enjoyed plain, but we love to slather it in butter, salt, sweet and sugar which isn’t good for us let alone for our fur babies. by eating it with all these added calories can cause an effect to your dogs health if they eat enough of it however a few pieces dropped here and there should be okay for your dog. you should try and keep your dog’s intakes of treats to 10% or less a day. Here are a few side effect your dog may get if overeating:
- Obesity -Added topping on popcorn can be very bad for your dog a lead to many health problems
- kidney issues – if too much salt is eaten it can lead to kidney damage to your dog
- Digestive problems -overeating popcorn can cause your dog to have stomach upset and leave them in pain, it can also cause your dog to have diarrhoea
- Dehydration- All the salt from popcorn can bee too much for dogs and cause them dehydration
Dogs should never be given kernels of popcorn as they can be a choking hazard for them, they can also get stuck in their teeth causing gum disease or tooth decay. Corn is also one of the most common food that dogs are allergic too, you should be careful with any human food when first giving to your dog, before giving your dog new food always consult with your veterinarian first or a nutritionist. symptoms to look for if your dog is having an allergic reaction.
- Skin rashes
- Itchy paws
popcorn is very easy to make and if your wanting to make some for your dog then make sure to check it thoroughly before serving to make sure there is no kernels left over, if you deciding to make it yourself then it can be made the following:
so what do we now know about dogs and popcorn? Remember dogs can have a few pieces of popcorn, but too much can cause stomach upsets and cause diarrhoea, only ever give them air-popped popcorn as kernel pieces are a choking hazard for your dog and can cause tooth and gum problems. only ever give them plain popcorn as flavoured popcorn in the long term can cause obesity as well as many other health problems for your dog. if you are still not sure as to give your dog popcorn always remember to contact your veterinarian first for all the best plans and advice for giving your dog ‘human food’ or any new foods. There are many different foods which make a safe and healthy snack for you dogs and here at Pretty Pup we’ve got you covered by looking at the different foods your four-legged friends can eat take a look at some of our other blogs: