Do you enjoy movie night with a large bowl of salted, buttered popcorn? If so, then you’re in good company! Many of us enjoy this traditional movie snack, including our fur babies. But can popcorn make our dogs sick?
Popcorn and Dogs
Popcorn is a pretty safe snack for dogs, once in a while. In fact, the popped corn even contains some minerals that are good for dogs. These include phosphorous, manganese, zinc, and magnesium. In addition, popcorn is an excellent source of fiber, and certain vitamins.
However, the problem with popcorn and your dog’s health are the toppings that may be put on the popcorn. Traditional toppings include butter and salt. These days, though, you can find popcorn that includes any number of toppings—from sugar to spices.
Butter, salt and other toppings can cause a dog to develop some health issues such as:
- Obesity (if the dog eats the popped corn with a lot of butter and oil on a regular basis)
- Intestinal issues (the husks of the popped kernels are sometimes difficult to digest)
- Allergies (corn is one of the main allergens for dogs)
- Sodium ion poisoning (if the popcorn contains a lot of salt)
- Kernels can become lodged in gums (can lead to gum disease or tooth decay)
- Choking hazard
You many notice these signs and symptoms if your fur baby has had a lot of popcorn to eat:
- Bloated abdomen, abdominal pain
If your fur baby is choking, and you’re not able to get the kernel out, then you must get him to the vet as soon as possible. This could be a life-threatening emergency.
On the other hand, if your pup develops an upset stomach, it may last about 24 hours. If he’s still having trouble after that, calling the vet would be a good idea.
Safe Ways to Give Your Dog Popcorn
Is there a way to make sure popcorn is safe for your dog? Yes! The safest type of popcorn is the type that is air-popped, and has no oils, butter, salt or other toppings. Once the popcorn is done, remove the hard kernels before serving the popcorn to your fur baby. This is the best way for him to enjoy this yummy treat!
In addition, popcorn should only be given in small amounts, and as a once-in-awhile treat. This way your fur baby can still enjoy yummy popcorn with you on those fun movie nights!
TomTom has always loved to write since he was little - he wanted to be either a writer or a veterinary doctor, but he ended up being a professional writer while most of his works are based on animals. He was born in San Francisco but later moved to Texas to continue his job as a writer. He graduated from the University of San Francisco where he studied biotechnology. He is happily married and a soon to be father!
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