Most dog owners fully understand the guilt of dining on something tasty while their beloved pets watch on pleadingly. As hard as it is to say no to your envious pooch, it sometimes just has to be done. Corn on the cob is a major "no no" for all doggies.
"No" to Corn on the Cob
Corn on the cob is a human food that you should avoid allowing your dog to eat no matter what, according to the Austin Humane Society. The cob specifically is a choking hazard to dogs, and not only that, can lead to gastrointestinal obstruction, which is a potentially deadly issue that calls for either surgery or endoscopy. Spare your precious dog the medical emergency and leave all cobs out of his life.
Signs of Gastrointestinal Obstruction
If you have any reason to suspect that your pooch may have munched on corn on the cob, seek veterinary assistance for him without hesitation. Be attentive to any alarming indications, including dehydration, lethargy, feelings of overall weakness, reduced activity, uncontrollable repeated throwing up, loss of appetite and diarrhea. All of these symptoms may point to obstruction, which requires urgent veterinary care.
Corn may be suitable for dogs as a rare treat in very tiny amounts, indicates the ASPCA. Just be sure the cob is nowhere to be found. If you notice any signs of digestive distress due to the introduction of a new and unfamiliar food, cease allowing your pet to eat corn in any manner immediately. To be on the safe side, seek the veterinarian's approval before you give your dog any corn.
Apart from corn cobs, a lot of other seemingly harmless everyday "people foods" are actually extremely dangerous to doggies, including grapes, raisins, onions, garlic, avocados and chocolate. Also, always make a point to keep your dog far away from caffeinated and alcoholic drinks -- both of these can be toxic to canines. Do not take any chances with your pets. Always take the extra time to make sure a food is totally doggie-safe beforehand. Go the extra mile for your adorable pet. He definitely deserves it, after all.
- ASPCA: Animal Poison Control Chat Transcript
- Austin Humane Society: Human Foods You Should Never Feed Your Dog
- The Merck Veterinary Manual: Gastrointestinal Obstruction in Small Animals
- The Humane Society of the United States: Foods That Can Be Poisonous to Pets
- ASPCA: People Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Pets
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