Popcorn is one of our all-time favorite snacks. And just because we love it, doesn't mean we should share it with our beloved dogs. We asked a veterinarian about dogs eating popcorn, and here's what we found out. Note: If you ever have concerns about your dog's health, consult with your vet immediately.

Dr. Danielle Bernal, a veterinarian with Wellness Natural Pet Food, says you should always avoid feeing your dog popcorn. Popcorn can cause a host of issues in dogs when consumed, including allergic reactions and an upset stomach.

While it likely won't cause a life-threatening reaction, corn is one of the most common food allergies in dogs and should be approached with caution. Just like dairy, wheat, soy, and other common allergens, corn can cause your dog to experience negative reactions or uncomfortable conditions like inflammation, diarrhea, or chronic gas.

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What's more, popcorn can lead to digestive issues. If your dog isn't allergic to corn, the hard and fibrous kernels aren't likely to make your dog sick, but they may still be difficult to digest. To avoid giving your pup foods that could be hazardous, follow these guidelines:

  • Always remove thick, hard-to-chew skins or pieces from foods like fruits and vegetables before giving them to your dog.
  • Monitor your dog while he's eating to make sure he chews properly, and never leave hard-to-chew items around for him while you're not home.
  • Avoid serving foods that are too small to chew, like peanuts, almonds, and popcorn.

What happens if my dog eats popcorn?

A few kernels is unlikely to cause stomach issues in your dog, but you definitely don't want to let him have a whole serving. If your dog gets into a bag of popcorn, keep an eye on him for any discomfort, and contact your local vet if you have any concerns.

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Jessica Leigh Mattern is a web editor and writer who covers home, holiday, DIY, crafts, travel, and more lifestyle topics. Prior to working for Country Living, she wrote for several lifestyle and women’s magazines including Woman’s Day, Cosmopolitan, and Redbook