Do you enjoy spending movie nights or binge-watching a series with a bowl of delicious cheese popcorn? Many dog parents can also be tempted to treat their pets to some popcorn.
If you wonder if dogs can eat popcorn, the answer is “no.”
While plain popcorn can be given to pups in small quantities and only on rare occasions, cheese popcorn is not a suitable snack for canines and can lead to adverse effects.
The main reasons to avoid giving your furry friend any cheese popcorn are its high saturated fat, sodium, and dairy content.
Too much unhealthy saturated fat can lead to weight gain and obesity in dogs. This problem can lead to mobility problems, as well as severe health conditions such as heart disease and diabetes, and can shorten the lifespan of your four-legged companion.
Too much fat can cause stomach upsets and even lead to painful inflammation of the dog’s pancreas and even pancreatitis.
The salt in cheese popcorn is also unhealthy for canines, especially in large amounts.
Last but not least, many dogs become lactose intolerant after puppyhood. This means cheese or other dairy products can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and other digestive problems.
Can I Treat My Dog To Some Plain Popcorn?
Yes, but only if it is unseasoned and fully popped without oil or butter. The healthiest and safest popcorn you can give to your pup from time to time is unseasoned air-popped popcorn.
Do not give your pet popcorn with butter or toppings such as cheese.
But just like any other additional non-dog treat or snack you give to your furbaby, always make sure to speak to your vet first and to serve it in small amounts and on occasion only.
Can Dogs Eat Cheddar Cheese Popcorn?
No, just like cheese popcorn, any popcorn with a dairy, butter or other topping or seasoning is unsuitable for canines.
If you want to reward your dog with some cheese, try with tiny amounts of string or shredded cheese. Give your pup only small amounts and only on special occasions.
Always monitor it for adverse reactions such as symptoms of lactose intolerance or digestive upsets after giving your dog any dairy.