Can Dogs Eat Popcorn?

Can Dogs Eat Popcorn?

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:

  • Vitamin B
  • Magnesium
  • Manganese
  • Zinc
  • Phosphorous
  • Iron

In addition to this, popcorns are a great source of fi​​​​ber. 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:

  • Upset stomach
  • Diarrhea
  • Weight gain and obesity

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 ba​​​​con. You’ll need:

  • Popcorns
  • A baking sheet
  • Shredded cheddar cheese (reduced-fat one)
  • Cooked bacon
  • Knife and grater

Process:

  • Start by popping some popcorns in your microwave or a pan in the stove.
  • Put the popped popcorns on the baking sheet.
  • Grade one cup of cheddar cheese.
  • Cut the cooked bacon into small pieces until you have half a cup of bacon.
  • Sprinkle the cheese and the bacon on the popcorns. Remember – NO salt. 
  • Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Put the popcorns into the oven and wait for the cheese to melt.
  • Take them out of the over.
  • Let them cool and give some to your dog.

Credit: Home Cooking Memories

We all know how crazy dogs are for peanut butter. That’s why you can combine peanut butter with popcorns. Here’s how. 

Necessary ingredients:

  • Peanut butter
  • Popcorns
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Wax paper

Process:

  • Pop half a cup of popcorns.
  • Add one cup of peanut butter and one teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil.
  • Mix well until the popcorns are well-coated.
  • Make small popcorn balls and place them on the wax paper.
  • Wait for them to set.
  • Serve to your dog.

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.

For example:

  1. Apples
  2. Bananas
  3. Blueberries
  4. Broccoli
  5. Cantaloupe
  6. Carrots
  7. Cucumbers
  8. Oranges
  9. Peaches
  10. Pears
  11. Watermelon 

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. 

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