Can Dogs Eat Corn on the Cob?

Corn on the cob is a popular summer snack, but can dogs eat corn on the cob? We’ll tell you everything you need to know about this veggie and when to keep it away from your dog.

Corn on the cob is a vegetable that comes from an annual grass plant in the Poaceae family. Corn was domesticated in Mexico at least 5,000 years ago and has been used as food ever since. Corn has become an integral part of many cultures’ diets around the world. In some places, it’s eaten raw; in others, boiled or grilled before being served with butter or salt; still others dip them into sauces instead of eating them plain like Americans do here at home (and we think they’re missing out).

What is corn on the cob?

Corn on the cob, also known as corn-on-the-cob or simply “corn”, is a vegetable consisting of a number of grains of maize and other seeds (such as beans) attached to one cob. Corn is an important staple food in much of the Central and South America, Africa, Asia and Europe. Corn is generally sold by the kernel weight rather than in whole ears.

Corn can be purchased in many forms including canned or frozen corn kernels; whole ears with or without husks; canned creamed or sweetened whole kernel corn; canned kernels with other ingredients such as peppers; fresh ears shucked but not cooked; dried kernels for popping (popping corn); flour made from dried grains such as hominy grits and masa harina used for tortillas. In addition to being eaten alone it may also be used as an ingredient in recipes such as muffins or pancakes.

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Can dogs eat corn on the cob?

Yes, dogs can eat corn on the cob. However, it is not recommended that you feed your dog corn on the cob as a regular part of their diet. Corn on the cob is not nutritious enough to be given as a regular meal for most adult dogs and can cause digestive problems when fed in large amounts.

It is safe for puppies to eat small amounts of cooked or canned sweet corn off their mother’s plate; however, this should only be done in moderation because of its high sugar content. If you want to give your puppy an occasional treat with this food item, try cutting off a small piece from the end of an ear before boiling it so that it can be easily chewed by young pups without causing dental problems down the road (this also helps prevent choking).

Is corn on the cob bad for dogs?

Because of its high fiber content, corn on the cob can cause constipation in dogs who don’t have a steady diet of other foods that help soften stools. The high moisture content also means that if your dog eats too much too fast, he could develop an upset stomach or diarrhea. The rough texture may irritate his throat as well.

It’s also important to consider whether your dog has any allergies or sensitivities: some people believe that some dogs have an allergy to corn products such as cornmeal and popcorn (hence their nickname “corn-allergic”).

Corn on the cob can be fed to dogs in moderation, as long as it is cut off of the cob.

Corn on the cob can be fed to dogs in moderation, as long as it is cut off of the cob. Corn is a good source of fiber, vitamins A and C, potassium and niacin. These nutritional benefits make corn on the cob an excellent treat for your dog if you feed your dog a high-quality diet most of the time.

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However, because it’s high in carbs (about 28 grams per ear), corn should not make up more than 5% of your pet’s daily caloric intake. You should also limit how much you feed at any one time; this will help prevent digestive upset such as diarrhea or vomiting when they eat too much too fast.

As with any treat or food that isn’t part of a balanced diet (which would include an appropriate amount of fruits/vegetables), moderation is key when giving your dog corn on the cob—and remember: always check with your vet before adding anything new to his diet!


We love giving our dogs delicious dog treats, and corn on the cob is a great option for a summer snack. We recommend feeding it to your dog in moderation, but it is generally safe for them to eat as long as you remove the cob.