Popcorn…the yummy snack which we love to eat is a favorite for dogs too. We love to eat it, especially when we are watching a movie (it doesn’t matter it is our home or it is the theatre). If you have a dog at your home then you might have noticed that he also joins you when you make popcorn. They also love eating it too! But, the question is Can Dogs Have Popcorn? Many people have asked us to write a post on this so here we are to inform you whether popcorn is good for dogs or not.
Dog owners wonder about the consequences that popcorn can have on a dog’s health. If you are having the same concerns in your mind then keep reading the post and you would come to know.
You must keep your dog’s health proper and for this, you have to provide them with nutritional food. You have to also make sure that they don’t eat any unhealthy food that can ruin their health.
There is not a clear answer to “Is Popcorn Bad For Dogs?”. There are some factors that decide whether this snack will be healthy for your dog or not. When it is eaten plain without any butter or salt or anything else, it is quite nutritional as it contains a good amount of fiber.
Popcorns also contain iron, Vitamin B and protein as well. These elements aren’t going to boost your dog’s health drastically but they aren’t going to harm its health either. Proteins and fiber and other elements are really good for human health but for dogs, it is a zero-sum game.
Your dog will be very much tempted to eat popcorn with you when you are eating so make sure you give it healthy food. By healthy food, we mean that we don’t add any extra seasoning to it. Also, don’t add salt, sugar or butter to it which is unhealthy for your dog and must be avoided. Just give them plain air-popped popcorn, that’s it.
If you love to add seasonings to popcorn and hate eating it plain then keep a separate bowl for your dog containing plain popcorn. This way, it will be healthy and tasty for both of you.
Possible Side Effects and Hazards
Now, let us have a look at the side effects and hazards of adding unhealthy toppings to your dog’s popcorn. See the list of problems caused by excessive salt and butter added to your dog’s popcorn.
- Dehydration due to excessive salt
- Kidney damage
Be aware of the physical harm that popcorn could do to your dog. The maize pieces can be stuck in their teeth and they wouldn’t be able to remove it easily. So, next time when your dog demands popcorn, make sure you don’t add salt, butter or sugar to it and also take care that they don’t eat too much otherwise it could lead to stomach issues.
Alternatives to Popcorn
There are alternatives available to the popcorn that you provide to your dogs. As we told earlier that air-popped and unseasoned popcorn is good for dogs but if you are not giving them to your dogs then you can consider the below options.
When you are making the pop-corn especially for your dog then you must consider these safe options.
If you want to consider adding some flavors to the pop-corn you make for your dogs then follow the steps we suggest to you. First of all, you have to do air-popping. You can do it with a microwave, popcorn machine or a pan.
Now, add this flavor to it.
Cheesy Bacon Popcorn
For this, you have to spread your popcorn on a lined baking sheet and then cover it with reduced-fat grated cheddar and bacon bits. Now, you have to cook it at 350 degrees for melting the cheese. Eat it when it gets cool and you and your dog will really love it.
So, here was a brief overview of Can Dogs Eat Popcorn or not. I hope you got clear information on it. Now, next time when you eat popcorn, make sure that you don’t add excessive toppings to it if you are going to share it with your dog.