My Dog Ate a Corn Cob Will He Get Sick?

By Julie •  Updated: 10/05/20 •  3 min read
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Many people love to eat corn on the cob! It’s one of the most enjoyed vegetables in the summer! There’s nothing like fresh corn on the cob to get your mouth watering. Don’t you just love to put butter on the corn cob and then bite into the veggie for a wonderful sweet taste?

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And what about grilled corn on the cob? Wow does that taste great along with the sizzling meat and other veggies that are on the grill. Can’t you just smell the meat and corn grilling? This is the essence of summer!

Is Corn Safe for Dogs?

Corn is a healthy vegetable that’s filled with vitamins and minerals. It’s also often included in some types of commercially made dog food. Vets also say that corn can be a healthy part of a balanced diet.

In small amounts, corn is just fine for dogs. However, the key is moderation. You’ll also need to watch to see if your fur baby has an allergic reaction to the veggie. Some dogs are allergic to corn.

When pet parents enjoy corn on the cob, they sometimes are tempted to let their dog have the cob. But is it safe for dogs to eat the cob?

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Corn Cobs Are Harmful for Dogs

The fact is that while you’d think a cob would make a great chewy treat, it is one of the most common foreign objects that cause health issues for dogs. Not many people realize cobs are bad for their dogs.

What’s the problem with the corn cob? The cob doesn’t digest in the dog’s stomach. It can then either block the end of the stomach that passes into the intestines, or it can even pass completely into the intestines. When this happens, the cob becomes lodged there and causes a medical issue called a bowel obstruction.

Symptoms of a Bowel Obstruction

A bowel obstruction is a very serious medical issue that can be life-threatening if not treated quickly. You may notice these symptoms in your dog if he’s developed this problem:

If your dog develops any of these symptoms, be sure to call the vet immediately. This may just save your dog’s life.

When it comes to corn, the veggie is OK as long as it’s off the cob. When the cob is empty, then throw it away and make sure it’s not accessible to your dog. Then you’ll both be able to safely enjoy one of summer’s most enjoyable vegetable!

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Julie

Julie is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, where she studied Animal science. Though contrary to the opinion of her parents she was meant to study pharmacy, but she was in love with animals especially cats. Julie currently works in an animal research institute (NGO) in California and loves spending quality time with her little cat. She has the passion for making research about animals, how they survive, their way of life among others and publishes it. Julie is also happily married with two kids.

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