We know a lot of people wonder “Can my dog eat popcorn?” Can you believe this is among our most frequently asked questions? The answer is Yes, they can! As long as it’s unsalted, unbuttered, and just a few pieces.
Table scraps, food from our table, and similar “people” foods have become demonized over the last few decades by commercial kibble companies that want you to believe that only their products (processed commercial pebbles of “meat” in a bag or can) are safe and nutritious. Recent scientific research is now showing that this is simply not true. In fact, some processed, commercial dog foods have been linked to recalls and toxins (see our videos below). While there are a few human foods that are off-limits for dogs, most are actually nutritious and safe, which is why we choose to make healthy, fresh food for dogs using only USDA certified ingredients fit for humans – the same food you would eat.
Popcorn is a cooked corn kernel, a starch and contributes approximately 3.5 kcal (calories) per gram. Thus, popcorn will add calories to your dogs’ daily allowance, so too much popcorn at one time can be bad. Furthermore, some kernels don’t ‘pop’, and can cause tooth damage, become lodged in the mouth and cause infections, dental disease, or cause an upset stomach. So – like with anything else, just a few pieces in moderation, and always be careful, monitor your dog for any problems, and see your vet for regular examinations.
For more information on what you can’t feed your dog and the possible toxins in commercial kibble, please watch these videos featuring Dr. John Tegzes, a board-certified veterinary toxicologist and professor at Western University.
Video: Top Ten Toxins for Dogs
Blog post was written by:
Dr. Oscar E Chavez DVM MBA
Member American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition
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We start with the highest quality, USDA certified, restaurant-grade meats, fresh vegetables, and whole grains, all of which are approved for human consumption. We cook our homemade food for dogs, puppy foods and dog treats in small batches in our own dog kitchen and dog bakery. This is a critical point as it relates to quality control and commitment. All of our healthy dog food recipes are prepared by cooking our all-natural ingredients to the minimum allowed temperature in order to preserve the maximum nutritional value. Whole grains and fresh vegetables must be cooked to a very specific point so that nutrients are preserved within the healthy dog food and a dog’s system can still benefit from the nourishment available within the ingredients.