Can A Dog Eat Corncob?
Summer is here, and your dog is most likely in gear to eat or gnaw that juicy looking corncob on the side of your dinner plate.
It’s always hard to say no to your doggy, but unfortunately it’s even harder for dogs to digest corncob.
Hopefully it’s not too late and your dog hasn’t already swallowed a corncob, but bad luck happens and sometimes we end up doing research when it’s too late, so I won’t go into too much detail about keeping your dog away from your corncobs.
If it’s too late and your dog ate corncob, now all that you can do is act fast.
What About The Cob?
- It’s one thing if your dog eats a lot of corn and gets bad gas, but it’s a whole other story if your furry friend inhales a giant cob.
- If you’re worried about your dog eating a corn cob, I’ll assume you’ve had corn on the cob yourself, and that you know it’s nearly impossible to chew — I used to eat corn on the cob when my baby teeth were ready to come out so the tooth fairy would come sooner.
- Your dog’s jaw may be stronger than yours, but it’s still not strong enough to crush a corncob enough to digest it. A corncob may seem like a potentially good chew toy for a dog, but it’s very dangerous, especially if she’s chewing on a cob that is small enough for her to swallow.
What To Do If Your Dog Eats A Corncob
Maybe it’s too late for you to take preventative measures, and your dog has already gulped the whole corncob. If this is the case, the following steps are absolutely essential:
- Keep in mind that smaller dog breeds have smaller digestive tracts and little chance of passing a corncob without help.
- If your dog is of a larger breed, you may get lucky and it might not be necessary to make a beeline for the emergency vet in the middle of the night, unless he’s showing signs of discomfort.
- However, even if he seems to be comfortable, it’s still important to keep an eye on him to make sure the corncob passes through his digestive tract.
- Regardless of your dog’s size, if you catch him swallowing a corncob you should definitely induce vomiting or seek professional medical help.
Corncobs are impossible for dogs to digest, especially if they are part of a smaller breed. If your pooch has recently eaten a corncob, induce vomiting by giving him hydrogen peroxide.
If this doesn’t work, or if your dog is restless, experiencing diarrhea or drooling, seek professional help immediately.
If your dog hasn’t eaten a corncob and you’re just doing your research, now you know that keeping corncobs away from your dog will save you a great amount of distress, money and potential heartbreak, and that it’s always good to have some hydrogen peroxide on hand.