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Yes, cornstarch, in limited amounts, is safe but not nutritious for dogs. Even though cornstarch is safe for dogs, it should only be occasionally added to treats or food. Your pet must have a healthy diet of protein, carbohydrates, fat, and fiber.

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Safe: This food is generally considered safe by the veterinary community. Dogs can eat this food sometimes or in small amounts but contains little to no nutritional value.

Food Safety Safe – if fed occasionally and in moderation
Nutritional Value Minimal
Daily Serving Occasional treat
Benefits Gluten-free and inexpensive
Every dog is different. For specific feeding guidelines, including quantities and beneficial foods that are best for your dog, please consult your vet.

How Much Cornstarch Is Good for Dogs?

Cornstarch powder should be avoided as it’s not healthy for dogs. A small amount is okay for dogs added to food, or it can cause digestive or respiratory issues. Adding it to sweets and dog treats is good as long as it’s minimally used. It’s a natural ingredient made by processing corn kernels. It’s inexpensive and can readily be used. Its commonly used as a thickening agent.

What Are The Nutritional Benefits of Cornstarch?

  • Cornstarch lacks nutritional value; one cup contains 488 calories.
  • Cornstarch doesn’t have any fiber, fat, protein, or vitamins.
  • Cornstarch provides your body with energy quicker than whole-grain carbohydrates.

What Happens if A Dog Overeats Cornstarch?

Overall, foods that contain cornstarch don’t necessarily pose a risk to your dog’s health. Though, you must be careful not to give high amounts of foods or treats containing cornstarch. If dogs overeat it, it may contribute to several health conditions.

High fructose cornstarch, corn syrup, and related ingredients can cause health problems such as high blood sugar, leading to obesity, heart-related problems, diabetes, or even cancer.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Yes, dogs can eat cornstarch in small amounts in any occasional treat. You can consult a vet to check what specific food you can add cornstarch to make it the safest for your dog.

  • Feeding cornstarch to dogs is okay if given minimally. It’s not nutritious in value, so giving it a few times would be okay. Else it can cause obesity and several health problems.

  • Dogs are not allergic to cornstarch. Pet foods that have cornstarch as a carbohydrate are usually preferred for dogs. Again, only add cornstarch in a minimal amount.

About the Writer
Dan Greco , Dog Dad

Having been a dog dad for 5 years, I know how hard it is to make sure your dog gets the right nutrients and stays away from hazardous foods. With the help of a veterinarian who specializes in nutrition, I created this blog to help dog owners quickly access food information they need.

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About the Contributor
Dr. Hillary Wolfe , Veterinarian & Certified Food Therapist

Dr. Wolfe holds a doctorate in veterinary medicine from Kansas State University and holds nutrition certifications from the NAVC and CIVT. Her business, Tula Veterinary Nutrition, hosts online courses that teach owners how to cook for their pet for optimal health and longevity. Follow her on Instagram at @doctorwolfe.dvm for dog nutrition tips, recipes and insights.