is cornmeal bad for dogs
I have a recipe for dog cookies and it calls for cornmeal
on Dec 8th 2011
in Food & Nutrition
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Dogs are carnivores and not designed to eat things like corn, but it won't hurt them in moderation. I personally choose to avoid recipes with cornmeal (corn is too common in commercial treats and kibbles already IMO), but I have used them in the past.
Gray Dawn Treader answered on 12/8/11. Helpful? / 0
No, cornmeal is perfectly safe for dogs. The reason people don't like to see too much of it in dog food is that
1. It's really cheap, and possibly a sign of cut corners elsewhere
2. It's not very digestible by dogs, mostly it goes right through (yuck)
3. What is digestible is pretty much empty calories. Dogs don't require it in their diet, unlike meat.
It makes a nice binder for kibble and biscuits though. Helps it stick together and have a nice crunchy texture.
Bruno CGC answered on 12/8/11. Helpful? / 0
I agree with Bruno, I don't usually feed my dog anything which contains cornmeal. Just for fun, the following is my two cents on corn meal:
Poor quality protein like this grain product can create stress on the dog’s kidneys and it makes proper nutritional digest a nightmare
Used in many pet foods can be the same corn used to make feed for livestock which is cheap and of low quality
A filler of poor quality that provides almost no good nutrition and it’s put in the food because it is cheap and it fills up a hungry tummy
It has also been commonly linked to canine food allergies
Sage Honey answered on 12/12/11. Helpful? / 0