Is Popcorn Safe For Dogs?

Is Popcorn Safe For Dogs?

Author WDF Staff


Popcorn is one of the most popular snacks in the world; it is certainly the most movie night snack. If you have a dog, it is more than sure they will want whatever you are eating, so if you are thinking of getting some popcorns, your dog will probably want to have some. Before you decide to give your dog some popcorn, you should ask yourself this question: Can dogs eat popcorn?

The shortest possible answer would be - yes. However, there are some things you should know before you decide to share some with your dog while watching your favorite movie. One other thing that is probably good to do is ask your vet whether you should introduce something new to your dog’s diet.

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Is popcorn safe for dogs?

The main thing we should ask ourselves as dog owners thinking about giving our dogs popcorn is - Is it safe? The answer is yes, but only in some cases.


The thing that makes popcorn so delicious is salt and butter. We love getting salty popcorn and finishing the whole package before the movie ends. But so much salt is not safe for dogs. Dogs are sensitive to their sodium levels, and getting so much salt will probably cause them problems. Giving your dog salted popcorn will most likely lead to an upset stomach and issues like diarrhea and vomiting.

The other two things that make popcorn great are oil and butter. Oil is excellent for gaining weight, and that is not something your dog wants. It can lead to obesity and related health issues.

The safest way to give your dog popcorn is only if they are air-popped and without additions like salt or butter. They are not as tasty but will be safe for your dog to have some. Also, make sure they don’t eat too much of it.

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When given in moderate amounts, popcorn offers some health benefits. It has some nutritional value, and it is packed in nutrients like:

  • Magnesium - Magnesium plays a role in several vital processes in our dog’s bodies. It helps regulate nerve and muscle functions, control blood pressure, and produce bone, DNA, and protein.
  • Manganese - Manganese helps metabolize carbohydrates and cholesterol and activates different enzymes vital for metabolism and digestion.
  • Fiber - Dietary fiber is a vital part of a balanced diet. It is beneficial when your dog is suffering from diarrhea. Fiber will add bulk to the stool and soak up fluids.
  • Zinc - Zinc helps boost the proper functioning of the metabolism and the immune system. It also plays a vital role in a dog’s ability to smell, taste, and heal wounds.
  • Phosphorous - Phosphorous plays a vital role in using and metabolizing carbohydrates and fat. It also helps with the formation of bones and teeth, so it is something that vets usually recommend if a dog is recovering from a fracture.

Popcorn can present a choking hazard, especially for smaller breeds. If you have a small dog at home, the best idea would be to go for some other treat that poses less of a threat.

Is popcorn bad for dogs?

Technically, no, but why risk giving your dog something that they won’t benefit from. Sure, the smell attracts them, but they will never eat enough popcorn to feel the health benefits. It would be a lot smarter to go for some fruit or industrial or homemade doggie treats.

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Popcorn can be bad for dogs if your dog eats too much of it. It poses a choking hazard, and if you love popcorn, you already know how easy it is to get a kernel stuck in your throat or between your teeth. It is doubtful that popcorn will cause a life-threatening reaction. Still, there is a possibility that it upsets your dog’s stomach.

One more thing you need to keep an eye on is an allergic reaction. Just like soy, peanuts, milk, or butter, corn is a food allergen. And your dog might be allergic to it. Make sure you don’t overfeed your dog the first time they try popcorn. Start slow and see how they react.

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How to give your dog popcorn?

The best and safest way to give your dog popcorn is plain, unsalted, air-popped popcorn. It is fairly easy to prepare; you can use a frying pan, microwave, or popcorn machine. If you feel like it, you can set some aside for your dog and prepare the rest for yourself however you like.

Spicing the recipe of popcorn for dogs

If you want to make it a bit tastier for your dog, there are safe ways you can do that. There are safe things humans and dogs can share. You can add Xylitol-free peanut butter and melt it all over the popcorn.

The other thing you could do is put some low-fat cheese and bits of bacon on popcorn. Place it in an oven and wait for the cheese to melt. It will be a delicious treat for you and your dog.

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