Dog Care

Can Dogs Eat Popcorn? Try Pupcorn Instead!

Can Dogs Eat Popcorn? Try Pupcorn Instead!

Written By Meredith Kavanagh

Sep 14, 2016

Dogs can eat popcorn, BUT that doesn’t mean you should share this salty snack with them. Unsalted, unbuttered popcorn is not toxic for your dog, so if they’ll be okay if they catch a few stray pieces.

However, there is a lot of gray area when it comes to answering the questions: “Can dogs eat popcorn? Is popcorn good for dogs?” We'll explain below. Remember: if you have any concerns about your dog's diet, ask your vet!

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Can Dogs Have Popcorn?

Technically, yes. In terms of human food that your dog can sample, and foods that your dog should never touch, popcorn is in the former camp. A few pieces probably won’t hurt them — as long as it is air popped with no butter, salt, or artificial flavors!

Sometimes the answer to a question, such as “Can dogs eat almonds?” is a simple no! And other times it depends on your particular pup. In general, popcorn is an iffy snack for your pooch, and we don’t like to take risks when there are so many yummy dog treats that they are just as happy with! 

Here are several serious reasons to limit the amount of popcorn your pooch can get their paws on.

  1. Popcorn is usually loaded with artificial flavor, salt and butter — all of which wreak havoc on a dog’s digestive system and overall health. Too much salt or artificial flavorings can lead to heart problems, diarrhea, diabetes, arthritis, and obesity.
  2. Corn is often used as a cheap filler in dog food, so they are already ingesting too much grain. A dog’s digestive system is not made for breaking down complex carbohydrates, so an overload of grain can cause health problems like excessive flatulence, bowel inflammation, food allergies, obesity, and leaky gut.
  3. Unpopped corn kernels are yet another way that feeding your dog popcorn can have negative effects on their health. Unpopped kernels are another difficult to digest item, which can turn into stomach problems. They also pose a threat since they can get stuck and cause a blockage in air passages, or get caught between your dog’s teeth which can lead to tooth decay or gum disease.

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Human Foods Your Dog Can Eat

We know it’s hard to keep track of what your pooch can and can’t eat, so we’ve been creating weekly posts to inform you on what’s safe and what isn’t. Check our dog care section of the blog for more details, but in the meantime here’s a list of the top searched foods you want to feed your pooch!

Dogs Can Eat

  • Peanut butter
  • Carrots
  • Bananas
  • Apples
  • Watermelon

Dogs Can’t Eat

  • Chocolate
  • Pistachios
  • Almonds
  • Popcorn

Which other human foods would you like to feed your pup? Let us know in the comments, and we’ll be sure to cover the risks or benefits of feeding it to your dog!