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Keep Popcorn Away From Fido!

It’s National Popcorn Day, and while popcorn might be a savory treat for us pet parents, it’s not exactly the most healthy option for our pets. Here’s why:

Unhealthy Additives

For the most part, it’s not the consistency of popcorn that’s a problem. If pets do happen to get their paws on a few pieces, the risk of choking is minimal. However, it’s the salt, butter and artificial sweeteners that really classify this treat as off-limits. There’s a common misconception that dog’s have a stomach of steel and can handle anything. Not only is this false, but in this case, these ingredients are just plain unhealthy for Fido all around.

Risk of Obesity

If you do happen to slip Fido a few pieces of popcorn every now and again, try to stick to a small serving of the unsalted option. That way it’ll be much healthier for the both of you! Like humans, pets who ingest artificial sweeteners, excessive amounts of salt and fatty foods, often have a higher risk of obesity and developing heart disease or diabetes down the line. In extreme cases, a super salt or sweet diet can even lead to organ failure over time.

If you’re looking for a healthy treat alternative, try these simple home-cooked pet meals, and be sure to stay away from these toxic table foods! And if you notice any problems with your dog’s health in the meantime, don’t hesitate to contact Upper East Side Animal Hospital at 212-396-3020 right away. We’ll help you diagnose the problem, and select the perfect diet for you pet.

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