Can dogs eat corn?

Asked by Member 905158 on Oct 26th 2009 in Health & Wellness
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Cookies 'n' Creme (1998-2011)

Can they? Yep. As a snack it's fine. But not as their main diet.

Cookies 'n' Creme (1998-2011) answered on 10/26/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 3 Report this answer


Yes. It is one of the most common ingredients in dog food. Properly processed, it can be an excellent source of protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, and it is one of the best sources of the linoleic acid essential for a healthy skin and coat.

There is an enormous amount of disinformation around about it. In the real world, many dogs are doing very well on foods with varying amounts of corn. No, it isn't as efficient as some other things. It is so cheap, you can just feed a little more. Yes many dogs develop an allergy to it, but not in proportion to the number eating it. Lamb and chicken are worse. Some people will say anything to sell their more expensive foods. Those they have mislead are quick to parrot them.

Aster answered on 10/26/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer

Bam-Bam, CGC

Can they? yup. Should they? Probably not.
While others have said it's an excellent source of all sorts of good-sounding things, they neglected to point out that corn is less than 50% digestible. Why feed something that is completely unnatural and hardly digestible to a dog (and of which you have to feed a whole lot more in order to produce results) when you can feed something that is highly digestible, species appropriate, and less is more??? Think about it. Deer eat corn, not dogs. Livestock eat corn, not dogs.

Bam-Bam, CGC answered on 10/26/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 5 Report this answer


It's cheap, digestable, and does have nutrients our dogs can live on. But it's high in carbohydrates our dogs have no use for - it turns into FAT. See my Niece, Cricket, she's an American field lab, weighs 72 pounds on a very small frame. At age one she was a svelte 57 pounds. She's Purina FAT. She has breathing problems because she is OBESE! She gets tons of exercise, plays fetch for hours, IS FREE FED (for G** sake you can't fill a bowl twice a day!) What Lab won't over eat if it has a bottomless food bowl?
Pepper and Snickers both weigh 45 pounds, Pamela weighs 57 pounds (Post-partum 5 months). All are on premium, meat based diets and are the appropriate weight (Pepper is still on the thin side).

Cricket answered on 10/26/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


No, corn is one of the worst foods you can give to a dog. Corn is even bad for people. Corn makes the dog fat, it is very bad for the dogs heart, coat and digestive system to.

Member 824516 answered on 10/26/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 2 Report this answer


Seriously, where does Aster come up with this information that corn is top notch for dogs? It's about as top-notch as McDonald's is for my kids everyday. Geez. Seriously, what does he have against high quality food? Please tell me the source of the school you are always saying you get all your info from.....if what your saying is legit I'd love to know! I read countless times how awful corn is for dogs.....the only place I ever read that corn is good is on dogster from Aster.

Ruby answered on 10/26/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 2 Report this answer


It depends on what you mean by can they eat corn.....A few kernels of freshly boiled, unbuttered sweet corn is fine and a great occasional treat.

Processed corn meal? Not so much.

Jack answered on 10/27/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


yes they can eat corn but it does not digest that well in their bodies. it will not harm them but i would not make it their main food.

Dunkin answered on 10/28/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer