Many Brittanys love to chew on corn cobs. They enjoy the taste of salt, butter, and bits of corn, and find them fun to chew. However, it is crucial to keep corn cobs away from them!

Corn cobs pose real dangers and are not recommended for pets. They can cause intestinal obstruction, a serious and potentially fatal medical condition. Additionally, some dogs are sensitive to corn and may suffer intestinal issues from their sensitivity, compounding the risks of physical obstruction.

Most people are aware of the dangers of pancreatitis when feeding pets a diet of high-fat table scraps, especially if the pets do not regularly consume such foods. Although corn on the cob might seem like a healthy, low-fat alternative, it is not recommended for your Brittany.

Keep all corn cobs away from your Brittanys, safely secured in the trash. Brittanys can be creative when they want something from the trash, so ensure the garbage is emptied or otherwise protected from your Brittany.

If you suspect your Brittany has eaten a corn cob or any other food or foreign material it shouldn’t have, call your vet right away. The sooner, the better.

Signs of Intestinal or Partial Obstruction from Corn Cobs

If you aren’t sure whether your Brittany has eaten a corn cob, watch out for these symptoms:

  • Vomiting
  • Dry heaves
  • Diarrhea (or straining)
  • Lack of appetite
  • Painful abdomen
  • Lethargy

If you see any of these symptoms, contact your vet, for advice on the best course of action.

“Brittanys are notorious for getting into the garbage. Unfortunately my Opie managed to knock it off the counter and eat the contents. He had vomiting and discomfort throughout the night. It wasn’t until the next day when he kept stretching his body out and continuing to eat the grass in the yard that I made the connection. He had eaten a Corn Cob.

We went to the ER and discovered the 4 inch long corn cob had lodged in the intestine. Corn Cobs are non-digestible. Unfortunately we lost him. Had he survived the surgery, the damage that corn cobs do to the intestinal tract is not reversible.”

 – Heart broken 

“I lost my beloved Brittany to a corn cob disaster in 2007. Corn Cobs are LETHAL…..and it’s a lesson that still spooks my husband and I to this day.”

 – Brittany Lover