We love to feed our dog whatever it is we can eat. For a food and nutrient variety, we say. But can all things that we can also eat viable feeds for our dogs? Two of the most common summer or spring favorites that we often flick towards our dogs are corn and peas.
They are items that are quite common finds in our kitchens and stomachs. We can cook and eat them in numerous ways, on a can, baked, roasted, grilled, on cob or pods, mixed with other veggies, and more!
But the more important question here is whether we can also give our dogs this item, or are we better off stopping the habit? Let us find out more.
Can I Give My Dog Corn and Peas?
One of the questions of the year. Can I give my dog corn and peas? Well, the answer is yes to both! Giving your dog corn and peas can bring many benefits to them. Here are some of those:
Peas are a good source of vitamins and minerals. Peas are rich in vitamin A, B, and K, and have high iron, magnesium, potassium, and zinc content.
Peas also have fiber, protein, and lutein.
Like peas, corn is also rich in vitamins and minerals like vitamin B, C, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, and phosphorus.
Corns are also rich in fiber, which helps during digestion.
So, yes. Our beloved pooches can eat corn and peas. But since dogs are carnivorous in nature, they do not need as many fruits and vegetables as we do. So, giving them corn and peas now and then as treats does not do any harm.
Not because there is no harm in giving your dog peas and corn does not mean that you can just toss them a cob or to, and that is it. You must remember to be careful in giving them the food as well.
Peas are easy because dogs can eat both the pods and the pea seeds inside. However, do not give peas to your dog if your dog has kidney problems. Peas have high purine content. Purines produce uric acid, which passes through the kidney for filtration. If your dog has kidney problems, peas may cause an increase in uric acid, which can aggravate the problem.
Corn, as well, needs a bit more preparation. For starters, you cannot give corn on a cob to your dog. Your dog cannot eat the corn the way you do. It can cause them to choke. It is better to take out the corn from the cob first before feeding it to them, just like how you need to peel a banana before giving it to your dog.
Be careful of canned corns as well. Some of them have too much salt content. If you give your dog canned corn, you can wash them first to remove any excess salt or buy salt-free ones instead.
Corns and peas are great treats for us. Your dog can also enjoy these treats. Mind how much you give them and how you provide it to them. Moderation is the key. Dogs are carnivorous by nature, so they do not as much corn or peas as you consume. Do take note of any health problems as well that corn and peas may complicate. If you are not sure, always consult your vet.