well, winter is almost here and when we say its wintertime, so It’s time to snuggle up on the couch to watch your favorite movie. While enjoying your freshly made popcorn, and at this moment your dog may be staring at you, or in other words at your bucket of popcorn, wishing to catch and steal some of them, also maybe you will accidentally drop some popcorns and your dog will love to hoover them up, so let’s face it dogs are somehow like vacuums; they will eat and consume just about anything that you drop or serve to them, that’s why dog owners have to be very careful.
Sharing Popcorn With Your Dog
Well of course, all dogs owner like to enjoy sharing a snack or meal together with their furry four-legged friends, and this meal or treat as well should be nutritious and healthy and fit for both two-legged folks and furry four-legged friends, then you may wonder and ask yourself, this is movie time so can I just try tossing a piece of popcorn up in the air for furry dog to catch and enjoy or not?.
So if you are wondering and looking for a new treat to serve to your dog, or you just are curious about serving popcorn to your dog, in this article we will dig a little deeper to know everything you need to know about the connection between dogs and popcorn. So keep reading and stay tuned xoxo
So. It’s time for today’s question which is.. is it okay to share with our dog’s popcorn or not?
Can I Give My Dog Popcorn?
If you want clear and straight answer, so the answer is yes and no, it depends, as only plain, air-popped popcorn is safe for dogs to eat in small quantities and of course this should be in moderation.
And now, let’s move on to know… What nutrition does popcorn have?
Nutrition Value of Popcorn
Popped corn kernels actually contain several minerals important to canine nutrition, like magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, zinc, along with fiber and a small amounts of vitamin B, in addition to protein, prebiotics probiotics, also popcorn is also low in calories, low carb and low sodium, so we can say that Sharing a handful popcorn with your dog is a great way to indulge without a load of guilt.
And now let’s know more about popcorn dangers and risks.
Risks Of Popcorn For Dogs
First of all, dog owners need to only serve their dogs a plain air-popped popcorn, popcorn without adding extra salts, butter or other toppings peoples love to eat, but these toppings are not good for your dogs at all, and maybe toxic, the butter and flavored popcorn versions have high levels of fat and sodium which can lead to dehydration in the short term and obesity in the long term along with kidney damage, moreover, dog ‘s owners need to consider as well that microwave popcorn can contain hundreds of milligrams of sodium, so you don’t have to serve to your dog this kind of popcorn.
Keep in mind also that some dogs are allergic to corn. And this can suffer serious reactions that may include diarrhea, inflammation, an upset stomach, and chronic gas so if you watched these symptom and believed that your dog ate too much popcorn so on this case you need to contact your veterinarian as soon as possible, so that you understand the symptoms and solutions for any allergies that your furry dog.
In addition, Popcorn pieces and these kernels can hurt their teeth and gums, and this can lead to a choking hazard for your dog.
So now, how can we serve popcorn to our dogs?
How To Serve Popcorn To Your Dogs?
Well, there are a lot of methods that not only can help you to prepare a healthy and tasty treat for your dog but also you can enjoy them along with your canine, too! Here are a couple of ideas:
- Peanut butter popcorn
All that you need is to mix half a cup of popcorn with 1 cup of low-salt and low-sugar homemade peanut butter, along with a teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil. Then and put them on a baking paper, then leave them to set.
- Cheesy popcorn
You will need just to spread a layer of popped popcorn onto a baking sheet. Then mix and cover the popcorn with a low-fat cheese. Bake in the oven until the cheese melts and just enjoy;).
So all in all, you need to pay attention to what your furry four-legged friend is eating and even if you can’t be there all the time, still watching what they eat and paying attention to their behavior can save your pet form death or very serious health issues.
And regarding sharing popcorn with your furry dog, it is okay to do this as long as you keep things in moderation, you need as well to consider the popcorn portion size that should be matched to the dog. Be aware as well that dogs that are under 20 lbs. should get no more than half a cup of popcorn and larger dogs should only get a cup, you need also to Avoid serving foods that are too small to chew.
Needless to say that before serving any kind of food or popcorn to your dog you need to talk with your vet to get to know if is it okay to introduce this kind of this food to your dog, or even to make sure that your dog doesn’t have allergy to this food, and once you have the green light and permission from your vet, feel free to feed your dog , but of course not too free, as this should be done as a treat and in moderation , and once you have followed all the rules and tips that we have mentioned above, it will help you create more lasting memories together with your furry four-legged friend for many years to come. ,