Corn is a popular dog-friendly food item. Many dog owners have asked the question: can dogs eat corn on the cob? The answer is yes, but with some restrictions.
Corn on the cob is a delicious vegetable that can be served at almost every meal. For dogs, it is an acceptable filler food. Filler foods are those that provide little to no nutritional value, but help keep your dog full or happy.
Like humans, dogs have different tastes and preferences for what they like to eat. Some may enjoy the texture of corn on the cob, while others may just lick off the butter or sauce you put on it.
However, there are some risks when letting your dog enjoy corn on the cob. The main risk is bowel distress due to constipation or diarrhea.
This article will discuss in detail how to let your dog enjoy this summer treat while reducing these risks.
Are corn muffins healthy for dogs?
Unfortunately, corn muffins are not very healthy for dogs. They contain several ingredients that can be harmful to pets.
The sugar in the muffin can cause obesity, diabetes, and other health problems. If your dog enjoys the taste of the muffin, they may continue to ask for it because of the flavor- even if they are aware of the health consequences.
Since corn is a grain, dogs should not eat too many of these due to allergies. Also, the whole kernel inside of the muffin makes it harder to digest which can lead to intestinal issues.
We recommend keeping corn off of your dog’s menu unless they need some extra carbs.
What should I put in corn muffins?
When making corn muffins, you can add in a lot of different ingredients to enhance the flavor and texture. Some popular additions are sugar, coconut or almond flour, chocolate chips, and bacon.
Sugar can be added to offset the sweetness of the corn muffin. Coconut flour adds a slightly coconut taste, and chocolate chips add sweetness and richness.
Some people make savory corn muffins which require different ingredients. To make a veggie burger topping, you would put in some spices and maybe chopped veggies like carrots or bell peppers.
Your dog probably would not care what kind of corn muffin it eats as long as it is not burnt. The hardest part about making a corn muffin is getting the consistency right for the batter.
What flavor are best for dogs?
Although dogs can eat most foods that humans can, not all foods are created equal for dogs. Like humans, dogs have preferences for certain flavors and textures.
Dogs tend to like foods with strong flavors, like chicken or beef. Since corn muffins have a mild flavor, your dog is not going to be disappointed!
Besides flavor, the texture of the food can be an issue for dogs. Because they have no permanent teeth, they need to chew their food very thoroughly before it gets processed in the stomach.
Processed food or food with a high starch content can sometimes give them an upset stomach due to this. Thus, soft breads and cakes are typically avoided.
Too much of anything can be a problem, so even if your dog likes the taste of something he/she may have an issue with it later on due to digestion.
Should I give my dog a whole corn muffin?
No, you should not give your dog an entire corn muffin. You should not give your dog any type of muffin, for that matter. Dogs do not need carbs in their diet, so there is no reason to give them muffins.
Aside from the fact that they are made with wheat flour, which dogs cannot digest, they also have sugar in them. Can dogs eat sugar? Yes, but only in small amounts.
Too much sugar can make your dog overweight, cause health issues like diabetes, and can lead to obesity. Because dogs do not need carbs in their diet, you should avoid giving them items that have a high amount of it.
If your dog finds the muffin tasty enough, they may start to crave it and try to take it off of the floor or table where it is set down. If this happens, unfortunately you will have to take action.
Take the remaining muffin and place it in an airtight bag or container and put it in the fridge until trash day.
What about the sugar?
Many dog food recipes call for sugar as a flavoring. You can also find many commercial dog foods with sugar in them.
So, why is sugar a problem? Well, just like for us humans, sugar is not very good for dogs. It can lead to weight gain and obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay.
Dogs do not need any added sugars in their diet. In fact, it is best to avoid giving your dog foods with added sugars. Even honey is not safe for dogs!
Thankfully, corn muffins do not call for much sugar. Just a bit to enhance the flavor of the muffin. You can make yours without any added sugar and it will still taste good!
Just make sure you are using cornmeal that does not contain pesticides or other chemicals that are harmful to dogs.
Do dogs need carbohydrates?
Carbohydrates are a main source of energy for dogs. However, unlike humans, dogs do not need carbohydrates in their diets.
Dogs can get all the energy they need from proteins and fats. So, if a dog food is labeled as being “carb-free,” it is acceptable to feed it to your dog.
Most good quality dog foods have some sort of carbohydrate as a main ingredient so this would not make a difference in your dog’s liking of the food. Some even have rice milk or soy flour as ingredients which are carbohydrates.
Carbohydrates are not essential to dogs, but they do play an important role in helping the body function correctly. Most of the time, dogs get enough carbs from the foods they eat. However, if your dog is overweight, he or she may benefit from reduced carbs in his or her diet.
What about fiber?
While dogs can survive without fiber, they may not thrive. A diet lacking in fiber can lead to digestive issues and weight loss difficulty.
Just like humans, dogs require carbohydrates, but only limited amounts. Carbs are broken down into two groups: soluble and insoluble.
Soluble carbs are found in foods like vegetables, grains, and sugar and are absorbed into the blood stream. Insoluble carbs are found in plants and are not absorbed in the gut. Both are important in dog nutrition.
Because dogs utilize digestion slightly different than humans, they do not require as much fiber. A low level of 2 grams per 1 kilogram of body weight is sufficient for a dog, according to PawNation.com.
Too much can lead to gastrointestinal issues like diarrhea or stomach cramps. To prevent this, keep the amount of fiber within a normal range for dogs.
Are there substitutes for dogs?10) Should I make my dog regular bread instead
Unfortunately, there is no dog version of bread. Dogs do not have the capability to understand that a sandwich is a meal, but a piece of bread is not.
Dogs also do not have the mental capacity to understand how to eat regular bread. While dogs can sniff out very thin slices of bread, they cannot pick it up and eat it.
Even if your dog was able to grasp this concept, there would be too much weight difference between the two types of bread. A dog would probably get tired of trying to eat it!
Since dogs do not need the nutritional value of wheat and carbs, you could simply give them plain rolls or buns instead. These can be used as snacks or part of a meal depending on how your dog reacts to them.