There are a lot of human foods that dogs can’t have, and you may be wondering if dogs can eat popcorn. And if popcorn is safe for dogs, what about the kernels? The short answer is yes, dogs can have popcorn, but there are definitely some restrictions.
For instance, dogs don’t need any salt, and they should never be given butter or butter substitutes. This means that you should only give your dog plain popcorn – never buttered. Read on to learn more about why it is okay to give your dog popcorn, and learn how to make a tasty treat your dog will love.
How To Make Popcorn For Your Dog
Some people say that it is okay to give your dog popcorn that has been cooked in oil, as long as there is no salt or butter on it. But, the oil isn’t really good for your dog either, and neither is microwave popcorn. If you want to give your dog popcorn as a treat, get yourself a decent air popper. You don’t have to use any oil at all, and the kernels will come out light and fluffy.
How To Give Popcorn To Your Dog
If you are eating popcorn, it is not a good idea to give your dog a handful as well. While it is okay for them to have some popcorn, you need to be careful about how you serve it to them.
Dogs should never eat popcorn kernels, and there are always many in any batch. Popcorn kernels can also cause a lot of dental damage in the form of tooth breakage, and they can cause an upset stomach when digested.
Also, the little skins that come off the kernels can create a choking hazard. If you choose to give popcorn to your dog, it is best to remove the kernels and just give them the puffy part. This may be a bit of a pain, but your dog will be much better off for it in the long run.
Peanut Butter/Popcorn Dog Treats
We all know that peanut butter is a great treat for dogs, and popcorn can also be a good treat for them once in a while. Why not combine these two favorites into one delicious doggie treat that your dog will absolutely love? Check out these peanut butter/popcorn doggie treats that are so quick and easy to make.
Popcorn Dog Treat Recipe
Here’s a tasty homemade popcorn dog treat to try.
- 1 C smooth or crunchy peanut butter
- ½ C air popped popcorn, no salt or butter added
- 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
- ½ tsp natural or raw honey
Place popped corn and olive oil in a pot on the stove. Mix in peanut butter and honey, and stir until the popcorn is completely coated with the peanut butter, honey, and oil. Use a spoon to scoop up small amounts of the mixture, and roll each spoonful into small balls. Place in the refrigerator to set. These are great dog-training treats, to be given as rewards when your dog has done what they are supposed to do.
Yes, Dogs Can Eat Popcorn in Moderation
If you want to give your dog a tasty treat, popcorn that is not popped in oil and isn’t coated with salt and butter is a great choice. Remember, when it comes to any treat, it should not equal more than 10 percent of your dog’s daily diet. Too much of anything is never a good thing, for you and your dog both.