Dogs can eat oatmeal safely, and they can reap the nutritional benefits of oatmeal. However, there are some things you need to be aware of.
Benefits of Feeding Oatmeal to Dogs
Let’s first answer the simple question: Does oatmeal make good dog food? Yes. The same ingredients that make hulled oatmeal grains great for humans are also good for your dog.
The soluble fiber in oats helps maintain a healthy intestinal micro flora, which feeds both the intestinal cells and the gut micro flora. Soluble fiber helps support healthy bowel movements in your dog and regulates blood glucose levels. It can reduce the risk of developing diabetes and heart disease. Oatmeal is high in fiber but contains various nutrients, minerals, and antioxidants that will keep your dog healthy and happy.
- Vitamin A
- B Vitamins
How to Make Oatmeal for Your Dog
You know that oatmeal is safe to be served, but how do you make oatmeal for your dog’s breakfast? Let’s look at some guidelines.
Keep it simple
It is best to make oatmeal as simple as possible for your dog to eat.
We may have become used to fancy flavor packets at the grocery store, but our pets don’t need them. Instant oatmeal brands can contain artificial sweeteners, such as xylitol, that can be toxic for dogs.
Keep an eye out for boxed-flavored varieties, and stick with plain oats. Add some of your favorite fruits and veggies (in moderation) to make the oats more appealing and flavorful.
Use Whole Grain Oatmeal
Before you pay, make sure to read the label on the container of oats.
You should ensure that the variety you choose contains only whole grains, not processed ones. These products lack many of the health benefits offered by whole grains. Organic oatmeal is best. They will be free from pesticides and other chemicals and have a higher nutritional value than any commercially produced oatmeal.
Cook the Oats
You can make pet-friendly oatmeal by cooking the oats in water. Although it may look delicious and crunchy, raw oatmeal can be too difficult for dogs to eat. They can be difficult to swallow and chew, which can lead to the danger of choking.
You shouldn’t add milk or sugar to your mixture. Also, don’t decorate the final product with nuts or brown sugar. Because dogs are less sensitive to dairy than humans, their bodies can’t break down lactose as well as ours. We recommend sticking with water. Blueberries and bananas can be added to your dog’s diet in very small quantities.
This makes oatmeal a healthy dog snack option and a tasty meal topping. You can sneak in some extra nutrients by using oatmeal.
Before you make oatmeal, let it cool to room temperature. Although we may prefer oatmeal hot, you can burn your dog’s sensitive gums and tongue if it is too hot.
According to the Dietary Guidelines, 3.5 ounces of raw oats contains 8% water. After the oatmeal has been cooked, add warm water to increase its water content.
Oatmeal is a tasty treat but should be used as something other than a complete meal replacement. Although oatmeal is rich in certain nutrients, it lacks many essential vitamins and minerals that dogs require for healthy growth and development. Additional foods should not exceed 10% of a dog’s daily calories.