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Can dogs eat popcorn? Is popcorn bad for dogs?


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.

can dogs eat popcorn

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

Video:  Use of preservatives in dog food

Video: What foods are toxic 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.

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  • Allison

    do NOT give your pitbull popcorn or any corn EVER it is a poison to them. They will get sick and some have even died from it. I know first hand from giving my pitbull popcorn she had horrendous diarrhea for two weeks!

    • Rudypoe

      Dear Allison,

      We are sorry your dog had diarrhea from popcorn and I would agree you should not give your personal dog popcorn again as she may not tolerate it. Generally speaking however there is nothing inherently toxic about popcorn to dogs because it’s a form of corn that is human grade. We agree you should stay away from corn ingredients in pet food as those are usually low quality feed grade (not fit for humans) and contaminated with mycotoxins and other toxins. Popcorn, on the other hand is safe in small amounts, for dogs that tolerate it.

      Dr. Oscar E Chavez BVetMed MRCVS MBA
      Chief Medical Officer
      10867 Portal Dr
      Los Alamitos, CA 90720

    • Josee

      Maybe it wasn’t the popcorn? Popcorn was Willis’s (pitbull) favourite snack. We often associate something we fed our dog to their having diarrhea but they could have easily picked something up while our for your walk or when interacting with other dogs. Diarrhea for 2 weeks sounds like it’s some systemic infection rather than a food intolerance.

  • dori

    what about kettle corn? can dogs even eat sweets?

    • Oscar Chavez

      We don’t generally recommend sweets because of the high sugar content. Additionally, some sweets have artificial sweeteners, some of which can even be toxic in dogs. For example, Xylitol – a common sweetener used in human foods can be highly toxic to dogs.

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