Can You Feed a Dog Popcorn?

Dogs sometimes enjoy popcorn treats as much as people do.

Dogs sometimes enjoy popcorn treats as much as people do.

Most dog lovers are tempted to share a few human treats with their canine companions, but responsible pet parenting means knowing which human foods dogs can safely consume. Though some debate still exists, most animal experts agree that dogs can safely eat popcorn.

Nutritional Value

Plain, air-popped popcorn has little nutritional value for dogs. Popcorn is a whole grain food with about 4 calories, 22 grams of carbohydrates and 4 grams of fiber per 1 ounce serving.

Training Value

Some dog owners find popcorn to be a useful training tool because few dogs can resist its taste and crunch. Since it is more affordable than traditional dog treats and is low enough in calories to feed even to overweight dogs, popcorn is an ideal choice for rewarding positive behaviors in dogs.

Considerations

Plain, air-popped popcorn is the safest kind to feed a dog. Popcorn with added salt, butter or other flavors could potentially cause digestive problems in dogs. Too much of anything is never a good thing. Pet parents should always practice moderation and avoid overfeeding popcorn or any other treat to dogs.

Warnings

Some animal experts warn that popcorn poses a choking hazard to dogs because it could potentially become lodged in the throat. Dog lovers can reduce the risk of choking by ensuring that all kernels are fully popped.

 

About the Author

Kristina Barroso is a full-time teacher who has been freelance writing since 1991. She published her first book, a break-up survival guide, in 2007 and specializes in a variety of topics including, but not limited to, relationships and issues in education. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Florida International University.

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