Can Dogs Eat Corn Cobs?

Can dogs eat corn cobs? I got this question in an email from a client of ours recently. Ironically, I was in the middle of writing an article on the dangers of sugar free gum

The truth is that there is A LOT of danger in the things we keep in and around our houses. 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 can kill your dog?corn husks

I remember my parents giving our dogs corn husks, pupcobs, bones, rope toys, tennis balls etc. to gnaw on, because that’s what that generation and others before theirs did. Luckily, we have great sources of information that can educate us on the proper way to raise our fur babies. 

Here is what the AKC has to say about feeding your dog corn cobs: “No matter how lovingly your dog looks at you while you’re enjoying a piece of corn on the cob, do not share it with him. There is a risk that he will choke on it, and if he ingests the cob it can cause a serious intestinal blockage. It is not a food you should have your dog gnawing on. And although it might seem like something he would have a hard time consuming, if he is hungry enough, he’ll have no problem whittling down that cob.

RELATED: Human Foods Dogs Can and Can’t Eat

Alarming indicators that your dog might have ingested the cob are: dehydration, lethargy, reduced activity, repeated vomiting, loss of appetite, and diarrhea. If you notice any of these signs, seek veterinary assistance without hesitation.”

 

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.

 

 

Corn Cob Ingestion can be Deadly

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 intestine, 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.

corn cobs are dangerous for dogsEven 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. Blockages are an emergency that require usually immediate surgery. Even a partial blockage, like part of the cob was swallowed, can require surgery and several 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!

Of course, you won’t always be around when your dog decides to eat corn cobs or other indigestible objects — so recognizing potential signs of an obstruction is key to your dog’s survival. A bowel obstruction, also known as a mechanical obstruction or gastrointestinal obstruction can either be a complete or partial blockage that prevents solids or liquids from passing through the gastrointestinal tract. This blockage can also decrease blood flow to the bowels, causing deterioration and absorption of toxic contents. 

Foreign bodies can also cause the intestines to bunch into each other like a telescope. Seek veterinary attention as soon as you suspect your dog has ingested something that could cause a blockage.

 

Symptoms of a Bowel Obstruction

  • Vomiting
  • Lack of appetite
  • Straining during bowel movementsdog lethergy may be a sign of a serious illness in your dog
  • Diarrhea
  • Tarry stools
  • Inability to defecate
  • Lethargy
  • Burping
  • Drooling
  • Bloating
  • Pain
  • Not wanting to move
  • Not wanting to lay still

 

Frequently a dog with a bowel obstruction will vomit a little bit of fluid or even his whole meal and will act a bit lethargic. You may not even notice. It is also important for you to know that a dog that has an obstruction will likely pass normal stools for a couple of days, so his bowel movements are not an indication there isn’t a problem.

This can be an indication of mechanical obstruction. His pet owners may try and treat it with over the counter medications or probiotics. They may even use medication previously given to the dog for diarrhea. 

The problem with these approaches is that you only have a matter of a couple of days to take your dog to the veterinarian and have it diagnosed. If you ignore it, or try to treat it yourself; your dog could die. So, if your dog isn’t acting quite right; take him to the veterinarian and allow them to run diagnostics, it could truly save your dog’s life!

 

So, What Exactly Should You do if Your Dog Eats a Corn Cob?

Your first step should be to call your veterinarian immediately.

If it’s after-hours or over the weekend, call a 24-hour animal hospital in your area – DO NOT IGNORE IT.

Second, do not induce vomiting unless you have been told to do so by your vet.

There can be dangerous risk in inducing vomiting at home.

Your dog could get whatever he had ingested lodged in his esophagus and choke to death, which is way more serious than if he’s got an obstruction.  

 

Watch for Signs of an Intestinal Obstruction

Because there is no way for you to know the difference between vomiting caused by a normal upset stomach, or from your dog ingesting something toxic/lethal, it is imperative for you to contact your veterinarian as soon as you suspect any trouble at all. You can also call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 for a small fee if you’re uncertain about what exactly your dog may have eaten.

 

Some Major Foods That are Toxic to Dogs

The MOST Toxicxylitol is very dangerous for dogs

Xylitol, an additive that is often found in sugar-free goods and gum, cannot be digested in the intestines until the body adapts, which doesn’t happen in canines.

Even small doses (one or two pieces of sugarless gum with xylitol that are swallowed) can cause hypoglycemia, seizures, liver failure and death.

Xylitol is one of the most dangerous toxins to your pet.

Grapes and Raisins

Grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure even in small doses. Raisins are even more hazardously toxic because the drying process makes them more potent.

If and when I allow raisins in my home, I put them under lock and key, I also never leave grapes on the counter. Grapes are kept in the refrigerator and eaten immediately or disposed of outside.

Ironically, we didn’t have this information 20 years ago when I worked at a vet clinic where we often gave the veterinarian’s English Mastiff grapes, at the advice of his dog owners, because he had such severe allergies. Hopefully, we didn’t unknowingly facilitate an early death.

Kidney failure is a very scary condition!

Did you know that for your veterinarian to recognize even the earliest signs of kidney failure or kidney disease when your dog’s creatinine levels have increased is that approximately 66% of the total kidney mass is non-functional or has shut down?grapes are dangerous for dogs

Symptoms include loss of appetite, increased water consumption, high blood pressure and damage to the eyes.

Please do all that you can to avoid clinical signs of kidney failure. This is why it is so important that steps be taken to minimize damage and failure.

 

Chocolate and Candy Wrappers

Thankfully small doses of milk chocolate won’t usually cause your pup an issue except for some vomiting and/or diarrhea and discomfort. In large doses or with very concentrated chocolates (think baking chocolate or powders) only a small amount can be dangerous. 

Toxic doses of theobromine, the most hazardous substance, and caffeine in chocolate is dangerous to your dog and is estimated to be toxic at 20mg per kg. Be very careful to safeguard your dog from this substance during the holidays, and year-round! Holidays are full of chocolate, chocolate baking, and chocolate treats. Be extra cognizant of the chocolate in your home during these times.

Addendum: as I get ready to go to print with this (a few days after Halloween) I had an interesting experience at work just yesterday. We were called by an owner whose Boston Terrier had consumed some bite-sized Halloween chocolates and their wrappers! The dog owners weren’t exactly sure how much he had ingested. We did initial x-rays, which were concerning, but we had hope that perhaps after the body had broken down some of the milk chocolate, the wrappers would pass without harm.keep candy wrappers away from dogs

The dog came in the next day for follow up x-rays so we could see if what we were seeing in the stomach and intestines were moving through his system, which would indicate that his stomach and bowels were not blocked. Unfortunately, the debris had not moved at all. We were forced to do an abdominal obstruction surgery to remove the wrappers from his intestines.  I made sure to take pictures so that you could marvel at what we pulled out of this poor guy that day.  They really are quite impressive!

This is probably the most expensive and traumatic bag of candy these people have or will ever purchase! Please! Put your candy and dangerous foods away!

 

Macadamia & Other Nuts

Macadamia nuts can cause vomiting, ataxia, tremors, increased heart rate, and fever if ingested by your dog. I like to avoid all nuts except peanuts and peanut butter.

Nutmeg and Other Spices

Likewise, nutmeg can also be dangerous. In small doses, it can cause abdominal pain and discomfort, but in large doses, it can cause increased heart rate and seizures. It can also increase body temperature. Be cautious; many holiday baked goods contain nutmeg.nut meg is dangerous for dogs

Garlic and onions can cause your dog’s red blood cells to function below their ability or to be able to clot as quickly.

Hemolytic anemia can be very dangerous and cause lethargy and pale gums.

Many dog recipes call for onion powder, garlic powder, or garlic because the people who publish these recipes are ignorant to the damage that these substances can cause. When making your dog treats or snacks, stick with lean protein and leave out any additives like onion, garlic powder, or salt.

Even salt can be dangerous to your dog! High salt in large and continuous doses can cause kidney disease.

 

Yeast Doughs & Baked Goods

Yeast dough and other baked goods, when ingested by your dog, can continue to “rise,” can be filled with gases, and become deadly.dogs should not have dough with yeast

If you are baking and you let your dough rise, do it behind a closed door where your dog can’t gain access.

Yeast dough, cinnamon roll doughs and the like can be extremely dangerous yet smell delicious to your dog.

Be cautions when handling these things.

Also remember that many holiday treats contain chocolate, nutmeg, cinnamon, and other spices that may cause vomiting and diarrhea.

 

Lactose Intolerant and Susceptible to Food Poisoning

Pets are also lactose intolerant, so dairy products aren’t the best idea.

In small doses, cheese can be fine. But don’t give your cat a saucer of milk; that is an old wives tale that just creates stomach distress.cheese is a common source of allergies in dogs

Do your best to avoid using dairy.

Did you know that one of the leading causes of allergies can be cheese? If your dog has allergies and you hide pills in cheese, you can be adding to his distress and misery. Instead of using cheese or dairy, use some peanut butter to hide pills.

Dogs are also susceptible to food poisoning.

Be careful feeding raw foods!

Salmonella can wreak havoc on your dog’s internal system. If you do feed raw, feed fresh, human quality raw. Also, don’t give your dog food that has been out longer than something you would be willing to eat. Bacteria that live in rotten foods can be toxic to your dog’s well-balanced diet!

 

Alcohol

dogs can't have alcoholAlcoholic beverages (that’s right – letting him imbibe with you this holiday season may kill him or make him seriously sick) is toxic to dogs.

Dog livers do not break down alcohol like human livers can do.

I can’t tell you how many people think that giving their dogs alcohol and getting him drunk is humorous. Even if you don’t see death or immediate distress after the initial exposure, the damage has likely been done and will not be repaired. 

The truth is when our dogs are old, and their systems are failing we would do anything to take back something harmful that we may have originally been ignorant about.

If in doubt, don’t do it! It isn’t actually funny. Liver failure is a sad and debilitating disease.

Symptoms include loss of appetite, weight loss, vomiting and diarrhea, yellowing or jaundice of the whites of the eyes, tongue, gums, and skin.

 

Caffeine and Stimulants

Likewise, caffeine and caffeinated drinks can be toxic to dogs.coffee is bad for dogs

Always put your coffees, teas, and energy drinks in places that are impenetrable to your pets.

Like drinking alcohol and the later behavior is not entertaining, neither is the behavior and agitation and possible death that caffeine can cause for your dog.

Bacon, fatty foods, and other table scraps can cause severe pancreatitis. Our bodies are used to eating fatty foods, and most of us can deal with that well. However, your dog’s body is set up to eat much less processed fats and more lean meats.  Even one piece of bacon can cause serious pain, stomach upset, vomiting, and diarrhea that can result in a required hospitalization stay. Some breeds such as Schnauzers and cocker spaniels are even more prone to pancreatitis.

Avoid fatty foods and table scraps at all cost. The damage that it can do to your dog, not only his weight but also his internal systems that break down fat can be severe.

 

 

Preventative Medicine

It is a lot easier to keep bad foods locked up than to worry about what your dog may or may not have ingested. There is no shame in locking up foods that are toxic to dogs.

I, personally, don’t even buy anything with xylitol in the ingredients. It just isn’t worth it to keep this dangerous substance in a home where my dogs love food and might make a deadly mistake.

And, I get used to putting my food up and out of my dog’s reach! Yes, I can train my dogs not to steal off of counters or get into food when I am home, but it is so much safer if you use double protection

Veterinary bills for poisoning can reach thousands of dollars and do permanent damage to your dog’s red blood cells, cause liver and kidney failure.

No piece of gum, raisins or bar of baking chocolate is worth a dead or sick pooch!

Recognize the Signs and Symptoms

Know your inventory! You will want to be able to recognize when something that could be toxic to your pet goes missing, and poison control and your veterinarian will need to know how much was ingested and the approximate time of ingestion.

It is best if we can induce early vomiting before the body starts to break down the toxins.

However, in some cases with some poisons it is critical not to induce vomiting but instead to use activated charcoal.

Unknown vomiting is usually one of the first symptoms of toxic ingestion. Vomiting is the body’s way of trying to get the bad or toxic contaminants out of the body.

Diarrhea is another early symptom that your dog has consumed something that he shouldn’t have.

Always withhold food in a dog that has vomiting or diarrhea. He will need water to stay hydrated but you may need to take his food away so he doesn’t make himself sicker.

When we have the stomach flu, we know enough not to eat a big meal. But your dog doesn’t understand the need to let his system heal.

All dogs go through bouts of vomiting or diarrhea, but when that comes with in appetence and lethargy, we in the veterinary world really begin to worry.

Early diagnosis and possible fluid therapy are best to get your canine companion to feel better.

Once clinical signs begin to manifest we have fewer options and the toxicity may become a severe emergency.

Blood work can also give us a picture of what is going on inside your dog.

 

In an Emergency

In a true emergency, it is best to contact Animal Poison Control  or Pet Poison Helpline  and have a case number opened. Your local veterinarian can continue to seek help through that case number. You can call the number as you drive your dog to the vet but do yourself a favor and invest in that service. They even have a mobile app.

Emergency veterinarians deal with more poisoning cases than the average vet. However the SPCA has set up a special hotline to be utilized in emergency cases, and that is all they do. I suppose you could liken it to going to a pediatrician or a cardiologist for your child’s heart condition. I would rather pay the expert and get the information quicker.

All in all, be cautious what human foods you feed your pets. One wrong snack or accident could be deadly! And, always remember to put all dangerous items behind locked doors to keep your home safe and dog accident proof!

 

The Bottom Line 

As a dog parent, it is important to be hyper aware of what your dog is putting in his mouth.
Sources:

AKC.org, PetMD.comPetWave.comPetCareRX.com

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Comments

  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!!

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  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.

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  3. zippy says:

    thank you

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  4. zippy says:

    thank you. appreciated

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  5. Pietro says:

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

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  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.

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  7. Jane Kranz says:

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

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  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!

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  9. Carl says:

    Thank you, did not know that but should have.

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  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.

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  11. Sarah says:

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

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  12. Linda Di Guglielmo says:

    Thank you for this info. I had no idea

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  13. nanc/ says:

    Thanks. Did not know. Will pass on

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  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.

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  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.

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  16. ED CURLEY says:

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

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  17. ED CURLEY says:

    THANKS FOR THE TIP I USE CORN ON THE COB ALL THE TIME

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  18. Eunice says:

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

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  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.

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  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.

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  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 !

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  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.

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  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

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  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.

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  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.

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  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?

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    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.

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  27. Felix says:

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

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  28. Eva says:

    Thanks a lot for this info everyone.

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  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.

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  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.

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  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!

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  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.

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    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.

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  33. Honey Pettigrew says:

    Know this comment section if full of dog lovers. Read this important message.
    Another toxic for pets……..my 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.
    Sources
    http://www.VeterinaryPartner.com
    http://aspcapro.org/sites/pro/files/xylitol.pdf

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  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!

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  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

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  36. Lois M says:

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

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  37. Donna Oliver says:

    Thanks sounds like great advice!

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.

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  41. Sue Kelly says:

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

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    Minette Reply:

    Only if he swallows it whole

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