Maybe, but there are many reasons to avoid cornmeal. In general, we don’t recommend it for dogs.
While dogs have been fed cornmeal (as a filler in dog food) for decades, that doesn’t make it healthy. Corn is not part of the canine diet, many dogs have trouble digesting it, and most cornmeal these days is made from nutritionally poor, mass-produced corn. It’s a cost-effective binding agent for dog food, but it doesn’t bring much to the table (literally) and can have adverse effects on dogs over time.
Symptoms to Look For
While it’s unlikely a dog will have an immediate reaction to cornmeal, many dogs develop an allergy after repeated exposure. This can produce any of the following conditions:
- Coarse coat
- Ear infections
- Flaky or itchy skin
- Weight problems
If your dog is experiencing these symptoms, try switching to a grain-free dog food.
For More Information
We offer a collection of articles on foods that are healthy or dangerous for dogs to eat, covering everything from grains, fruits, and vegetables. You might also be interested in reading “Can My Dog Eat Cornbread?” or “Can My Dog Eat Tortillas?“
The information provided in this article is not a substitute for professional veterinary help.