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Q: Is corn bad for dogs?

October 20, 2008 | By Michelle H. | 11 answers | Expired: 2096 days ago

Michelle H.

I have heard corn in some foods and/or treats can be harmfull to dogs. On the other hand I have heard corn can be beneficial toskin and coat. Which is it? What things should you be looking for in food that is harmfull? Right now I feed IAMS Proactive Health, I prefer Lamb and Rice but unfortunately they were out. What do you feed your dogs?

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Claudia H.
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Oct 21, 2008

I don't believe that it is bad but some dogs definitely don't seem to do as well on it. There is something to the argument that dogs would not eat that in the wild. My dog does fine on it but I choose to feed him a grain-free food because I think it's better to give him a food with fewer fillers, and he just seems to like it better. The brand he likes the most is Taste of the Wild.

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colleen  t.
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Oct 20, 2008

I agree with Heavenscents........to find out more info on pet foods, go to www.livinghealthypeopleandpets.com and click on the pets tab,,,and watch the video, very informative, it really opened my eyes about the dog food industry

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Heavenscent
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Oct 20, 2008

Grains are not "good" for the dogs... my dogs are sensative and I put them on a grain free food and they are in such good health with no problems! Be careful on the treats you feed... they are the worst! Worth the extra bucks to use good food and good treats! Good Luck.... Orijen is the top of the line food.... although of course there are other good ones.

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Pia S.
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Oct 20, 2008

Corn has no nutritional value for dogs and is not a necessary ingredient. It simply is a filler.

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mike z.
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Oct 20, 2008

please check out your food at www.dogfoodanalysis.com Its a great tool with excellent information. you'll be surprised what you learn about Iams.

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aine s.
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Oct 20, 2008

Dogs are carnivores. Corn and other grains added to store brand foods are fillers and provide littel to no nutrition. Corn in particular will just come out the "other end" and in some cases dogs are sensitive to it and have coat /skin problems as well.

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becky
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Oct 20, 2008

My dog was not able to have any dog food with weat or corn in it. when he was a puppy.we had to make sure that it had meat and rice in not corn

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Sheltervt
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Oct 20, 2008

Let me answer a question with a question:

Have you ever looked at your feces after eating corn?

Corn is undigestible, at best. It goes in one door and out the other unchanged. Worst case scenario, it is a primary allergen, causing dry, flaky, itchy skin and coat, excessive shedding, and hot spots. There is no good reason for a dog or cat to eat corn. Corn, wheat, soy, glutens... all are bad grain/vegetable products that our pet carnivores don't need.

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GeorgeGiamela
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Oct 20, 2008

Fresh corn (fresh anything) is most likely not to blame for anything it is the cr*p that they pretend is corn or whatever that is bad, for some reason companies believe that the undesireable ingredients would be good for pet food, after all pets can not complain! So corn by product meal is bad for certain as is any "meal" whether meat or produce and brewers rice is just as bad..

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daryl b.
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Oct 20, 2008

god or bad i don't know but i do know dogs a people get very little nutrition from corn we can't even barely adjust it. haven't ever seed a whole cornerl come out in their and our poop

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