Have you picked up a can of Sweetcorn from your local supermarket or even gone to the effort of growing some Sweetcorn yourself and then wondered if your canine friend can have some?
Well, you aren’t alone, and many dog owners wonder whether it is safe to give their dogs some Sweetcorn as a snack or additive to their food.
While there isn’t anything to be overly worried about when it comes to dogs eating Sweetcorn, there are a few things you may want to understand first.
Can Dogs Eat Sweetcorn?
Yes, the majority of dogs can safely eat Sweetcorn, and for many dogs, Sweetcorn could be a beneficial addition to their diet.
Many dog owners will see undigested Sweetcorn in their dog’s stools and presume that it isn’t suitable for them to eat; however, this isn’t the case.
This is identical to humans that eat Sweetcorn and is just a result of Sweetcorn being difficult to fully digest by human or dog digestive systems.
However, there may be a limited number of dogs who have a negative reaction to Sweetcorn or grains in general. As a consequence, these dogs may want to avoid eating Sweetcorn.
Sweetcorn Nutrition For Dogs
As we mentioned earlier, Sweetcorn can be a beneficial addition to the diet of some dogs and provide a variety of nutrition.
Sweetcorn includes large portions of carbohydrates and plant-based protein as well as dietary fiber and several beneficial vitamins and minerals.
While animal-based protein is preferred to plant-based protein, such as that from Sweetcorn, plant-based protein can supplement it and shouldn’t be completely dismissed.
Moreover, dogs do not need to eat a high proportion of carbohydrates, but small amounts from foods like Sweetcorn can be satisfactory components as long as they do not replace protein and fat.
Fiber is a critical component to the diet of some dogs to ensure they have regular stools and digestion, and while most dry dog foods contain fiber, some dogs may need higher levels.
Lastly, Sweetcorn is high in Vitamin C, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine), Vitamin B9 (Folate), as well as the minerals Magnesium and Potassium.
While some of this nutrition can be lost during the cooking of Sweetcorn, some of it remains and be a beneficial component of some dog’s diet.
How To Prepare Sweetcorn For Dogs?
The most important step when preparing Sweetcorn for dogs is to ensure that it is not still attached to the Corn Corb.
Corn Cobs can present a danger to dogs as they can become lodged in a dog’s throat and obstruct their airway or digestive system. For this reason, we would never recommend giving a dog a Corn Cob.
However, if your Sweetcorn has come in a can or some other container, pre-removed from the cob, you can be far less concerned.
Some canned Sweetcorn may contain additives such as higher levels of salt. While this isn’t always the case, it can make it less preferable for dogs as they do not need higher levels of salt.
In this case, you may want to wash the Sweetcorn first to try and remove as much of this additional flavoring.
Lastly, you will want to make sure that your Sweetcorn, regardless of its source, is properly cooked. While Barbaqeueing Corn is a preference of many, it may not be the best way to cook food for dogs and often involves adding Butter and other foods.
Is Sweetcorn Used In Dog Food?
Many dog owners will be familiar with seeing Corn listed in the ingredient list of their dog’s food, and they may presume that this is Sweetcorn.
However, it’s most likely that the Corn found in dog food recipes isn’t Sweetcorn and is in fact, Field Corn.
While we won’t go into detail about the differences, Field Corn doesn’t have the same sweet taste that Sweetcorn does and it is instead commonly used in processed corn products like Cereal and Cornbread.
This Field Corn is far more cost-effective for dog food manufacturers to source, and it still contains the vital nutrition that it used included.