Who doesn’t enjoy a bowl of popcorns during movie night?
However, what are you going to do when your dog Rover shows as much interest in popcorns as you?
Should you share the popcorns with your dog or should you resist those pleading puppy eyes?
Read on to find.
Can dogs eat popcorns?
In general, popcorns are not dangerous or toxic to dogs. So, there is no need to speed dial your vet if Rover has taken a bite from your popcorn bowl.
Think about something for a moment. What are popcorns? They are popped kernels (corn), and corn is a common ingredient in dog food. Just look at most dog food brands, and you’ll see that I’m right.
The truth is that kernels contain some vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that are beneficial for your dog’s health. I’m talking about:
In addition to this, popcorns are a great source of fiber. As you probably know it, fiber is necessary for the proper function of the digestive system.
That’s why air-popped popcorns without any added salt or butter are a healthy treat for your pet, and there is no reason why not to give your dog a taste.
However, keep in mind that the content of the minerals and nutrients in popcorns is unlikely to give your dog’s system a big boost. It won’t cause any damage.
Possible side effects and hazards of popcorns
Let me ask you something. How do you like your popcorns? Probably buttered and salted. Well, that’s not very healthy for your organism, but you already know that.
The same goes for your dog. Too much salt is very dangerous for a dog because it can damage the kidneys. It’s unlikely that your dog can eat so many popcorns as to experience the effects of salt poisoning, but it can have a negative impact on Rover’s health in the long run.
In addition to salt, butter and other popular popcorn topping are not suitable for a dog. They can cause:
Moreover, kernels might damage your dog’s teeth. You know that it’s easy to break a tooth on a hard one or how uncomfortable it is when a piece of kernel gets stuck in a tooth.
In addition to this, popcorns might pose a choking hazard for dogs. I’d say that the risk is pretty low, but if your pooch gobbles up everything you give him, I would be careful when feeding Rover popcorns.
Safe popcorn recipes for dogs
As I already said, the best popcorns for any dog are air-popped without salt or other toppings that we usually use. However, you can prepare special popcorns for your dog that cater to his taste. I’m going to offer you two options.
The first one is popcorns with cheese and bacon. You’ll need:
We all know how crazy dogs are for peanut butter. That’s why you can combine peanut butter with popcorns. Here’s how.
Alternatives to popcorn
If you don’t feel confident giving your dog popcorns, you have alternatives. And I’m not talking about commercial dog treats. A lot of fruits are vegetables are safe for dogs to eat and they can enjoy them as a treat.
What’s more, if you search the net, you’ll find many homemade dog treats.
Popcorns can be a healthy addition to your dog’s diet. Just make sure that you’re feeding him small portions and that you don’t add salt or butter.
What do you think about this topic? Does your dog eat popcorns? How do you prepare them? Tell us in the comment section.