❥Dogs Can Eat Popcorn: Yes or No?❥
One question you’ve probably asked yourself more than once is whether dogs can eat popcorn or not. My Scout dog looks forward to movie night at our house with a particular fervor. With three young children carrying bowls of popcorn, you are bound to go get a popcorn … or 20.
He stays on the floor in front of the sofa, doing his best to appear innocent, but he won’t fool me for a second. However, to be honest, it never occurred to me to ask if dogs can eat popcorn.
❥Can dogs eat popcorn?❥
There are many foods that our dogs can enjoy together with us, but it is important to do your research before dropping anything from your plate onto your plate. It’s not an absolute no for dogs to eat popcorn, but it should be enjoyed properly to make sure they don’t get sick.
See below to learn all about popcorn when it comes to your dog’s diet. Learning now will mean many guilt-free movie nights with your pup in the future!
❥Can Dogs Eat Popcorn?❥
In its pure form, without all the butter and salt, popcorn is a pretty harmless treat. It’s fat-free, low-calorie, and seems to be on almost every healthy snack list. So I never worry when Scout sucks up all the dropped popcorn.
However, I decided to investigate, “Is popcorn safe for dogs?” While it’s definitely not on the list of harmful dog foods, which includes chocolate, apple seeds, raisins, grapes, apricots, and peach and cherry pits, moderation is key.
If you choose to give your dogs popcorn as an occasional treat, the American Kennel Club (AKC) gives this advice: “Kernels can get stuck in dogs’ teeth and pose a choking hazard, so it’s probably a good idea to keep them whole or only partially popped kernels away from curious dogs.
❥Is popcorn healthy for dogs?❥
We all know that safe and healthy are not always the same. So, even though air popcorn is safe for dogs, as long as you take a few precautions, you might be wondering if popcorn is good for dogs.
The answer is multifaceted. According to the AKC, “popcorn kernels contain several minerals important for canine nutrition, such as magnesium, manganese, phosphorus and zinc, along with fiber and trace amounts of vitamins.”
❥Can they eat it all the time?❥
Popcorn certainly shouldn’t replace anything in your dog’s regular diet, nor should it be used to fill him up if he runs out of food. Although it may have some nutrients, popcorn does not provide your dog with everything he needs to grow and function properly, i.e. protein, and it will not make your dog feel full, which may lead him to search for foods that are harmful or dangerous to him.
If you find that you’ve run out of dog food and the store is closed, or you’re traveling and can’t find your dog’s regular food, here are some of the healthiest people foods to feed your dog:
- Cut of boiled meat such as chicken or pork
- Yogurt or cottage cheese
- Fatty fish like salmon or tuna
- Fruits like Melon or Watermelon
❥When is popcorn bad for dogs to eat?❥
Popcorn is fine for dogs as long as it doesn’t have any of the ingredients that make it delicious to us, like salt, butter, and even caramel. According to dogster.com, “The average healthy adult dog should consume no more than 10 mg of sodium per pound of body weight per day.”
When it comes to commercially sold popcorn (such as microwave popcorn), you might ask, “Why is popcorn bad for dogs?” The reason is that microwave popcorn can contain hundreds of milligrams of sodium.
So is it okay for dogs to eat popcorn? Yes, but popcorn that has been air popped at home with no topping or topping is the only type of popcorn you should share with your canine friend.
❥Can My Dog Eat Caramel Popcorn?❥
If you are wondering if dogs can eat caramel popcorn, the answer is no. Of course, you don’t need to panic if your furry friend sucks a few pieces of buttered popcorn or caramel popcorn off the floor before you have a chance to pick it up. I speak from experience here, as my dog definitely doesn’t discriminate when it comes to popcorn flavors!
While it is not dangerous for dogs in small amounts, you may need to go to the dog dentist if your pet routinely consumes popcorn. That’s right, dogs can get cavities like we do, so stick to dog food and vet-approved treats and bones as much as possible, and stay away from sweet, sugary, or sticky foods like candy.
❥How many popcorn should a dog eat?❥
As with humans, moderation is key when it comes to popcorn. It’s so much fun to share things with our furry friends; deepens our bond with them and makes us feel like we have something in common. So go ahead and share, just keep it in some parts here and there. Your dog will love you for it and will have no worries as you share a snack together.
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