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Updated: Sep 1, 2023

Yes, it's corn on the cob season! Yea! I just love munching that tender, sweet corn, but so do a lot of dogs. And that can be a problem.

Why? Because it is truly bad for them. Not so much the corn, but the COB!

How so? Well, the cob itself doesn't break down like other foods and can create a nasty blockage, and that requires an emergency trip to the vet, and possible surgery to remove it.

When in doubt . . . Go to the vet! Do not wait!

The problem lies in the cob. It's a really tough material. I know.

Years ago, when I was a teenager, I was fortunate enough to accompany one other camper from the 4-H camp in Stokes Forest, New Jersey, to go to an archaeological dig which Dr Philhower, an outstanding archaeologist who specialized in the ancient Lenni Lenape, was overseeing. It was there that I learned about corn cobs and that they can survive in the ground for at least 500 years!

Needless to say, your dog isn't about to digest a cob or even pieces of it with any degree of comfort or safety.

So, the point of this is don't give your pup or adult dog any part of a corn cob. I know there are some people who think it's cute to let their dog nibble if off the cob, but you have to remember that corn is not a food dogs would have naturally in their diet either.

And don't let them steal them. Whether you're inside or out, be sure to immediately wrap up your garbage and take it out to the trash can, where your dog can't get to it.

Safety first!


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