Maybe. Plain, air-popped, unsalted, unbuttered popcorn is okay in small amounts. However, once you add butter, salt, and other popular toppings, popcorn becomes unhealthy for your dog. For dogs, high levels of fat and sodium typically found in popcorn can lead to dehydration in the short term, and obesity in the long term. In addition, the hard, un-popped kernels can hurt teeth and gums on the way in.
Symptoms to Watch For
Your dog can enjoy a small amount of plain popcorn on occasion. If your dog has consumed a large quantity, especially if it’s buttered, be sure to keep on eye on them. Check for signs of discomfort, including:
If you’re concerned, give your vet a call.
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The information provided in this article is not a substitute for professional veterinary help.