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No, corn cobs are unsafe for your dog, and can be quite dangerous even though they aren’t toxic. Their large size and tough texture make them a major choking hazard for your dog. Swallowing a corn cob can cause your dog a lot of distress. If they accidentally eat a corn cob, immediately take them to a vet, so they help your dog.

Can Dogs Eat Corncobs
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Dangerous: This food is generally considered a serious threat to the health and wellbeing of dogs. Please contact your vet, a veterinary hospital or pet poison control if you suspect your dog has eaten this food recently.

Why Can’t Dogs Eat Corn Cobs?

Your dog may want to sniff and investigate this funky food out of curiosity. The problem is before taking a bite; they aren’t going to ask themselves: can dogs eat corn cobs?

Hence, the responsibility of finding out the answer is yours. Of course, a simple yes or no isn’t enough. You must also know why some foods are dangerous for your pet.

Corn cob is hard to swallow or pass into the digestive system. The shape and texture also make it a big challenge to pass through the intestines.

Corn cobs are excellent snacks for people and are enjoyed worldwide. Dogs are also interested in this strange-shaped food their human friends love to eat. However, a simple treat for us is a big no-no for dogs.

TIP: If your mischievous pet dog has gobbled up a corn cob, do not induce vomit unless your vet asks you to. The large object can get stuck in the dog’s esophagus, causing a bigger problem.

What to Do if a Dog Eats a Corn Cob?

DFirst of all, if you see your dog consuming corn cobs, call the veterinarian. They will guide you regarding the steps you must take and let you know if you should bring your dog in.

If you have corn cobs at home and you fear your dog has eaten one or two, look for signs of bowel obstruction.

Other symptoms you should look out for are: choking, difficulty breathing, dehydration, lethargy, abdominal distress, and constipation.

ogs can be quite mischievous, and some may even require a keen eye on them to ensure they aren’t getting into too much trouble.

Every now and then, they will land into some mischief despite pet parents being vigilant. So, you should know what to do if your naughty pup gets their paws on some corn cobs.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • No, corn husks are not safe for dogs. Even though they are not considered toxic, they are difficult to digest and may also pose a choking hazard because of their rough and dry texture.

  • No, corn on the cob is dangerous for your dog, and you must never offer them any, even as a treat. Corn on the cob is not only a choking hazard but can also cause intestinal or bowel blockage.

  • Yes, dogs can eat boiled corn as long as it is not attached to the cob. Plain corn is actually a good snack for your dog in moderation and can be paired with peas as well.

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.