When it comes to adding fruits, vegetables, and grains to a dog’s diet, we often want to know what’s safe and what are the benefits of each of these products. And if there is one ingredient that feels synonymous with a dog’s diet, it would have to be corn.
Corn seems to show up in many dog foods (wet or dry food) and dog treats. Plus, it is definitely a veggie that shows up fresh (on the cob or off) all summer long, at least for us. So what happens when we have some extra corn and we want to make something as a treat for our dog (besides making sure it is plain with no added salt or butter)?
What are the real benefits of corn in our dog’s diet? Why is this an ingredient that is used in so many dog treats and food products? And what should we know, just in case?
What benefits does a dog get from eating corn?
In a blog post about the safety of eating corn, the canine lovers over at Chewy shared some interesting details about what benefits our pups get from this being a part of their diets.
One thing to note is that veterinarians do recommend moderation when it comes to these tasty kernels in a dog’s diet. However, there are plenty of benefits as well, which include:
"Is a good source of protein and carbohydrates.Rich in insoluble fiber and healthy fats to promote gut health.Contains linoleic acid, an essential omega-6 fatty acid.Contains carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin to promote eye health.High in vitamin C, an antioxidant that protects cells from damage."
So basically, corn is a great addition to a dog’s diet and it makes sense. After all, it is an ingredient that is widely used in many doggie products. And knowing that it promotes gut health, eye health, and in general brings protein and good carbs to a dog’s diet, that makes us more likely to reach for some fresh corn to mix into our pup’s meals once in a while.
But did you know the benefits of corn in your dog’s diet? Do you mix fresh corn into your pup’s meals? Do you pick up foods and treats that have this as a main ingredient? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.