Is It Ok to Feed My Dog Corn on the Cob?

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Most people are aware of the dangers of pancreatitis when feeding pets a diet of table scraps that are high in fat (trimmings, gravy, etc.), especially pets who do not consume table scraps on a regular basis. Feeding pets corn on the cob, may seem like a healthy alternative, but is it? but 

Can Dogs Eat Corn Cobs?

Many dogs love to chew on corn cobs - the taste of the salt, butter, and bits of corn, plus they are just fun to chew.

Some dogs chew them up. Some dogs don't. However, real dangers exist and corn cobs are not recommended for pets. Corn cobs can cause intestinal obstruction, a very serious (and potentially fatal) medical condition. Additionally, some dogs are sensitive to corn and can suffer intestinal effects from that as well as the physical obstruction.

It is wise to keep all cobs away from your dog, safely secured in the trash. Dogs can be very "creative" when they want something in the trash, so make sure that the garbage is emptied or otherwise access protected from your pet.

If you suspect your dog has eaten a cob (or any food or foreign material that they shouldn't have), call your vet as soon as possible. The sooner, the better.

Signs of Intestinal or Partial Obstruction With Corn Cobs

  • vomiting or dry heaves
  • diarrhea (or straining)
  • not eating
  • painful abdomen
  • lethargy

Your vet will be able to advise you on the best course of action, be it watch-and-wait or an immediate examination.

Please note: this article has been provided for informational purposes only. If your pet is showing any signs of illness, please consult a veterinarian as quickly as possible.