Can Your Dog Eat Popcorn?!

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It might be true that you and your doggy-friend sometimes enjoy a meal together. Hopefully, when that happens, you are eating the foods that are nutritious and healthy and fit for you as a human. Hopefully, your canine friend is eating his meal, carefully chosen and designed for his best health interests at heart; maybe it is the raw food diet. But now, its movie night at home and the popcorn is ready to come out. You are used to every now and then tossing a piece of popcorn up in the air for Fido to catch and enjoy with you. After all, he is part of the family, right

Eating popcorn comes with some problems

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It is actually not recommended for your dogs to eat popcorn when you speak to many veterinarians out there, but why? Because popcorn can actually cause a lot of issues in dogs when they consume it and this can include allergic reactions and an upset stomach.

To be frank, eating popcorn is not likely to cause any life-threatening reactions. But still, corn is one of the most common food allergies in dogs – it should be approached with caution.

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It is true to say that many of the commercially produced dog foods today use corn as a filler and it’s because it is relatively cheap. Popped corn naturally is better for your dog to consume but the concern is that a dog should not be eating any “un-popped” popcorn. Unpopped popcorn can actually cause your dog dental problems and hurt your dog’s teeth and his gums. Even air popped corn can get stuck in the teeth (who hasn’t had that happen before?).

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