Save Your Dog’s Life This Summer

I got an email from a client of ours recently.

Ironically I was in the middle of writing the article on the dangers of sugar free gum.

The truth is there is danger in A LOT of things we have around the house.

These dangers are why it is so important to keep an eye on your dog all of the time.

Dogs are like toddlers, and we don’t just let toddlers wander around and “hope” they don’t ingest anything that they shouldn’t!

Did you know corn could kill your dog?

Most of You…

So most of you will think this is an article about how “corn” in and of itself is not good.

Honestly, corn is just a filler and in most cases is not bad for your dog.

After all, dogs are omnivores and MOST allergies come from the protein source not the fillers like rice, corn, or potatoes.

This isn’t about your dog eating corn…

This is about your dog eating the corn cob!

The client in question was simply disposing of the used corn cobs in her garden.

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Corn Cob Ingestion can be DeadlyHot dogs

Dogs don’t nibble an ear of corn.

Dogs tend to swallow large pieces of the cob, if not inhaling the whole thing.

Imagine having a whole corn cob in your stomach…

It would be like having a huge dense sponge in your stomach.

Do you think you could pass that?

Even if it goes into the large intestines, it certainly can’t pass through the small intestines.

And, once you get a blockage the body begins to fight and shut down.

Then pieces begin to die.

As you can imagine, if parts of the intestines die and begin to get necrotic the dog attached will also die.

Even small pieces of corn cob can’t be broken down by the body.

So with small or chewed pieces you have to hope they will pass.

Signs of a Blockage

  • Vomiting
  • Lack of appetite
  • Straining during bowel movements
  • Diarrhea
  • Tarry stools
  • Inability to defecate
  • Lethargy
  • Burping
  • Drooling
  • Bloating
  • Pain
  • Not wanting to move
  • Not wanting to lay still

Blockages are an emergency that require usually immediate surgery.

Even a partial blockage, like part of the cob was swallowed, can require surgery and various of the above signs can come and go.

So do yourself a favor this summer, put the cobs outside in a safely covered trash can and save yourself and your dog a major problem!

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  1. suzanne connolly says:

    Very interesting article and something I didnt know. So a big thanks for the warning and my dog will not get a corn cob from me!!


  2. Nicole says:

    Thank you for all the helpful hints that your blog has to offer. My dogs are my babies and I would die if anything ever happened to them that I could have controlled.


  3. zippy says:

    thank you


  4. zippy says:

    thank you. appreciated


  5. Pietro says:

    What other foods are not recommended.
    What about Oats, brown bread, rice, etc.


  6. Judy McCracken says:

    I never knew this about the cobs of corn….not that I have ever allowed my dogs to have them, but very very good information thank you so much.


  7. Jane Kranz says:

    Awesome, thanks Chet
    I was also told Garlic and Onions are deadly to dogs


  8. B says:

    Oh no! I actually gave my four-month-old puppy a corncob to chew on but then took it away when i saw small spots of blood on it ( because he is teething ). Thank you so much for writing this article!!! I had no idea!


  9. Carl says:

    Thank you, did not know that but should have.


  10. Linds says:

    One of the dogs in our extended family, a Doberman ended up in emergency surgery for a blockage due to eating corn and the cob. Not an inexpensive vet bill not to mention the alternative outcome had they not gotten her there in time.


  11. Sarah says:

    Have heard this before, but always good to have it repeated. Thanks for the information.


  12. Linda Di Guglielmo says:

    Thank you for this info. I had no idea


  13. nanc/ says:

    Thanks. Did not know. Will pass on


  14. Gail says:

    This happened to my black lab. My brother always buried his compostable garbage in the woods behind his lake home in northern michigan.. We were there over a 4th of july holiday and our huge black lab dug up the corn cobs and ate some. Theyre good because of the butter and dogs love the taste. Thank God we we figured out what happened and forced the beloved lab to throw up using hydrogen peroxide on the advice of our wonderful veterinarian who we reached by phone.
    Happy ending but a close call.


  15. Theresa Benedict says:

    Thank you so much for this information. Our Lab loves corn and when we have corn on the cob we hold the cob while he bites off the corn. BUT! He also loves to bite off the very end and eat a small part of the cob. I had no idea of the potential for very serious illness which could lead to death. We will be ever grateful for having received this email. Hopefully, many dogs will be saved because of it.


  16. ED CURLEY says:

    Thank you for the tip I use corn on the cob all the time Ed


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  18. Eunice says:

    Great advice! I would never feed my dog corn on the cob anyways!


  19. Pamela Roossin says:

    Thank you for the reminder!!! Had a problem 16 years ago with a piece of a Nerf ball that required emergency surgery. We need to be careful with there toy choices too.


  20. Pamela Roossin says:

    Thank you for the reminder!!! Had a problem 16 years ago with a piece of a Nerf ball that required emergency surgery. We need to be careful with their toy choices too.


  21. Harold Arthur Van Brunt says:

    So true years ago we gave our dog corn on the cob. This was very costly and the dog almost died. After a visit to our vet, then a specialist, test x rays, Speckle was in for surgery for a blockage in his intestines. He lived and we had a bill of
    over $ 5,000. This was a very expensive ear of corn. As the article states, DO NOT GIVE YOUR DOG CORN ON THE COB !


  22. k bowron says:

    Thank goodness I have 2 dogs neither of which are scavengers.Many people say to me that their dogs will eat anything but I have a foxred Labrador and I can offer him cooked turkey or chicken but if he is not hungry ,nothing will persuade him to eat it .He must be a rarity.They won’t pick up at eat dead carrion and as for corn on the cob they would look at me as if I was mad to expect them to eat or play with it .I am very lucky.It must be dreadful to find yourself in that situation with a very sick dog.


  23. Chris D. McKeon says:

    Great article! thanks for that important information about corn cobs. Years back I had a lab/collie mix that we adopted in W.V. when he was 9 months old. Ozzie was a great and smart dog whom would go into another and bring out your slippers when asked of him. He would pick up any thing that you dropped and bring it to you get you shoe that you couldn’t reach while sitting. although he a seizures all his life he lived a good and loving life until the age of 14 years. On one of our trips to our place in W.V. I was walking our property with Ozzie & Brandi or boarder collie whom we also adopted in W.V. we came upon a dead decomposed deer. Of course the dogs found it before I caught up to them and asked them to leave it alone. Well when we got back to the mobile home I noticed that Ozzie had something in his mouth. I proceeded to ask him to drop it in which he did and it turned out to be a bone from that dead deer. Well when we got back home to N.J. Ozzie came down with diarrhea and after the second day of it we took a sample to the Vets to check for parasites. The test cam back negative.After a week or so we took another sample and the results were the same. Our vet recommended we that him for a ultra sound in which we did and it came up with nothing. Well he had this for three months. We finally took him to an animal hospital in Central Jersey> After an examination and in depth discussion about the other stool samples being negative and the ultra sound finding nothing with the vet Tec. we mentioned the deer bone that he had in W.V. the vet took the info. and Ozzie back to see one of the many vets at the facility. The vet came out after a short while and and said he had microscopic organisms he believed from the deer bone. He gave us a three packs of powder worm medicine. He was to get one pack a day for three days. well he was so weak he could hardly eat. my wife put the powder in capsules and and more or less forced them into him along with force feeding with syringes full of A.D can food from the Vet.By the fourth day his stool tightened up and his appetite came back. They at North Star in Central N.J. saved Ozzie’s life! Sometimes we over look the obvious. who would have thought that dead deer bone would have cause this. Just wanted too share this experience with all other dog owners so when yous dog has something in their mouth, unless it’s a toy or something you know have them immediately drop it or take it away especially if it’s a deer bone {from a decaying dead deer afield] Thanks for reading Chris


  24. k bowron says:

    What a nightmare! Good job you have experienced vets that look beyond the obvious.It goes yo shoe that like humans you need to go for a second opinion if the first checks are negative.Wish all vets were as good as those at the hospital.I think also that people should consult the internet ,vet sites included as often they can come up with a diagnosis that their vet hadn’t thought of.


  25. Tammy says:

    Thank you so much for this bit of knowledge, I personally have never given my dogs corn on the cib, but I know a few people who allow their dog to chew on corn cobs. I can now show them this article and hopefully save a pup’s life.


  26. Robin Lemmons says:

    My dog ate the cap of a tube of toothpaste about 2 weeks ago. I have not seen it pass. Will it eventually pass or do I need to do something?


    Minette Reply:

    2 weeks is too long so if you know that he ate it and it didn’t pass it might be time for diagnostics.


  27. Felix says:

    My dogs is a scavenger. Will eat everything and anything in its path


  28. Eva says:

    Thanks a lot for this info everyone.


  29. Donald Foeller says:

    Very good and helpful article. I’ll certainly make sure my pups won’t get any corn cobs in or around their mouths. The other comment about the deer bone is helpful as well. Thank all of you for your help………….Prayers and Blessings.


  30. Katt Regan says:

    I avoid these types of problems by insisting upon one rule, and one rule only in terms of what goes into my dog’s mouth. NO PEOPLE FOOD. NEVER. DIVA is 13, a rescue from a rescue, actually. She was too old and rather feeble to be adopted, even though she is a sweet and docile dog. She’s a flat coated retriever, beautiful and black as coal. THE only time she gets anything to eat or snack is what I personally give her. When visitors come over for dining or BBQ, my rule is repeated for everyone’s ears. DO NOT FEED MY DOG!!! My friends are great about it and always respect my rule. I will give her chopped veggies, like carrots, green beans, and fruit, like apples. But I am the ONLY person who hands my dog anything to eat. She’s 13 now, and no longer the unkempt, shaggy and wretched animal I first saw. Now her fur is sleek and shiny, her eyes are clear and bright, and she behaves like a teenaged pup. At the rescue, she was the office dog and was often given sweets, fast food, chips, and she looked it. Overweight and sluggish, dry and matted coat, filthy ears. After a bath and a very short clip, she was found to have severe hot spots, infected weeping sores, and overlong nails. It wasn’t that they didn’t care about her, but they did overlook her, they were so used to her lying quietly at their feet while they worked. I think she was quiet because she was depressed and ignored. Now, she glows with good health, even though she is getting old. I feel that she has brought us both back to healthy living, and I work hard to keep her trimmed short and bathed regularly. But still, my rule of no people food, no feeding or treating MY dog, stands. We are doing it together, and so far, PTL, it’s working.


  31. Paulette Melick says:

    I’m so glad I just read this. I go walking around a field of corn and was going to give one to my every hungry Dob. This may have saved her life! Thanks!


  32. Nita McCord says:

    OMG NO!!!! On May 25th (I looked up the date on my bank statement) I came home to discover a wooden stick on my living room floor along with a torn up churches chicken box that I had inadvertently left on my dining room table. I knew that the stick came from the corn on the cob I had gotten as a side order. I so very rarely get to have anything from a fast food place but I splurged and treated myself to a chicken dinner the night before. I don’t know which one of my dogs ate it though. And to make things even worse I gave them each a third piece of cob a day or so later later thinking since one of them liked it so well they should at least share. I DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT THEIR INABILITY TO DIGEST IT!!!!! None of them have any of the symptoms described above. None of them seem in anyway distressed, nor has their daily routines or habits altered in any apparent fashion. None of their stools has changed (I know because I poop scoop my back yard.) Please, please tell me that after so many weeks if no signs of blockage have been presented that they are in the clear! How long does it take for such symptoms to become apparent? Now I am scared to death in fear for my only family. I have no one else and live on a very very small disability income and can in no way afford to have even one of them get sick, little lone all three. Please tell me I didn’t kill my beloved companions. Can I give them exlax or something to break up the cob or anything to help them pass it? One is a toy/miniature poodle, one 3/4’s miniature poodle and 1/4 schnauzer, and one’s a snoodle (half schnauzer/miniature poodle). Please help, I’m truly desperate and so terribly worried I’ve killed my babies.


    Minette Reply:

    The only way to be certain is to have xrays done, however if there are no signs at this point it is unlikely. Some dogs chew what they eat better than others, making it more likely to successfully pass.


  33. Honey Pettigrew says:

    Know this comment section if full of dog lovers. Read this important message.
    Another toxic for pets…… daughter lose her dog after she ate 2 cupcakes…which contained xylitol.
    While many are aware of Xylitol in sugar-free gum, the appearance of
    Xylitol in many more products is growing. This poses far greater risk of
    accidental or unknown ingestion by dogs. Xylitol is now found in toothpastes, ketchup, BBQ sauce, cereals, peanut butter, candy bars and many other products. It is also sold in bulk for baking. It is popular among diabetics, cancer patients and people interested in weight control.
    Small doses of these products have been shown to lead to severe illness or death, yet many products and commercial websites downplay the risks or make no mention at all of the toxicity to dogs.


  34. Michele says:

    Garlic is not deadly unless you are feeding too much and onions ARE deadly! Advanced body produces what is called Heinzs bodies …. ask your vet or do some research of scholarly articles only one study that has been overhyped and even some vets will continue to repeat it (one small study using a number of very small free dogs and very high levels of garlic) has created this myth. Fresh garlic and correct amounts can be found for yor dog but DO do your research!


  35. Michele says:

    Sorry darn speech to text.. onions form what are called Heinzs bodies not antibodies. Please look lor large well controlled studies, I’ve been published in peer-reviewed magazines or books the internet is full of quick scary information but if you look at the amount of garlic small study the hype started to run away with rumor. I have many clients as well as my own personal canines do very well on the proper amount fresh garlic to which there are several important benefits but please again research the correct amount and frequency for your own pets


  36. Lois M says:

    Great tips. I also just out that macadamia nuts can be very harmful to dogs


  37. Donna Oliver says:

    Thanks sounds like great advice!


  38. Darlene Phairis says:

    I have taught my dog, Max, to come to me and give me what is in his mouth. He even let’s me search under his tongue, around his gums, etc. He always looks guilty if something is in his mouth that I didn’t give him. So I am pretty confident that he doesn’t eat stuff I don’t give him.


  39. Cheryl says:

    On Mother’s Day Sunday my son’s 4 month German Shorthair Pointer quickly grabbed a corn cob out of the wastebasket as plates were being emptied after dinner. Within seconds he swallowed it whole. We called the emergency vet who instructed us to force the pup to throw up using 2 ounces of hydrogen peroxide with a turkey baster. It worked like a charm within 10 minutes. If my son did not see his dog grab the cob he would have been in for a costly surgery to save his dog or the pup would have died. Lesson learned.


  40. Clayton says:

    Wow, I really didn’t know that corn cob can be so dangerous if our dogs eat it. Now I know. Thank you for sharing. Will keep an eye on what my dogs eat more carefully from now on.


  41. Sue Kelly says:

    Is this the same results if I feed a corn cob to my husband? Just wondering.


    Minette Reply:

    Only if he swallows it whole


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