As much as they would love to, can dogs eat cornbread? As safe as it is, you should still moderate how much of it they eat, and this is why.
Cornbread is a staple food in the south. It goes with almost everything. And it’s safe for your dogs to eat too. But you should watch how much of it they at one time.
For ultimate pet safety, I recommend consulting with your vet about all the questions you have about your dog eating any cornbread.
Can Dogs Eat Cornbread?
Whether you buy it from the store or make it yourself, cornbread is quintessential comfort food. And when we take a closer look at whether your dog can eat it, you might reconsider eating large portions of it yourself.
Yes, dogs can eat cornbread. There is nothing in the cornbread that is particularly bad for them. Obviously, you will want to keep an eye on your dog in case they have an undiagnosed grain sensitivity.
But there is nothing inherently nutritious about it. In fact, it is really high in sugars, which could contribute to a dog’s obesity and weight problems.
Depending on how it’s made, cornbread has about 18 grams of sugar in a typical slice and 180 calories. That’s about 4.5 teaspoons of sugar.
Since it’s made with ground-up cornmeal, there isn’t a lot of fiber in it either. While it might not taste sweet, you can think of it as if you are giving your dog a slice of cake.
It’s ok once in a while. But your dog shouldn’t eat it every day.
Can Dogs Eat Corn Muffins?
Corn muffins are basically the same thing as cornbread. The batter is just poured into a muffin pan instead of a skillet or baking dish.
For the same reasons listed earlier, dogs should only eat corn muffins once in a while. They are a safe treat, but there isn’t anything nutritious about them. So don’t give them to your dogs every day.
Can Dogs Eat Cornmeal?
Cornmeal has been used as a filler in dog food for years. However, corn is not a natural part of the canine diet. Many dogs actually have trouble digesting corn.
If you use cornmeal in homemade dog treats or human foods that you share, you should watch out for possible allergic reactions.
Symptoms of a cornmeal allergy include:
- Weight Gain
- Itchy Skin
- Coarse Throat or Cough
- Ear Infections
These are also signs of grain allergies. If you notice these symptoms, talk to your dog’s veterinarian and ask about switching them to a grain-free diet.
Can Dogs Eat Cornbread Dressing?
There are a few reasons why dogs should not eat cornbread dressing or cornbread stuffing. Dressing and stuffing are basically the same things and they are both bad for dogs.
Most dressing or stuffing recipes call for garlic and onion. Garlic is especially bad for dogs to eat, and onions can give them a very upset stomach.
Add this to the fact that cornmeal isn’t good for dogs either and you basically have a food that you should avoid giving your dog entirely.
Interesting read: Stuffing vs Dressing on Food & Wine.
Cornbread and Dogs: A Sometimes Food
Unless your dog has a grain allergy, it is safe to let them eat food made from cornmeal – like cornbread or corn muffins – occasionally. Since it is void of any nutritional value and so high in calories and sugar, you should avoid letting your dogs eat too much of it.
Always avoid foods that contain garlic and onions, like cornbread stuffing. These are toxic for dogs.
More Dog Food Resources
Here are more resources about what dogs can and cannot eat. Stay informed and keep your dog safe.
- Can Dogs Eat Ginger?
- What to Know About Dogs and Soy Food
- Nuts Dogs Can Eat and The Ones To Avoid
- Can Dogs Eat Tofu?
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