Can I Give My Dog Oatmeal?

Can I Give My Dog Oatmeal?Dog owners are known to sneak their canine friends some people food, like oatmeal, now and then. Some do it without knowing how healthy or unhealthy the food is beforehand. Sometimes this can cause a dog to have an upset stomach, which often results in uncomfortable gas, vomiting, diarrhea or constipation.

As the owner of the dog it is important to watch over them. This will go for the diet, exercise, and the overall well being of your dog as well. It is your responsibility to keep your dog from eating food that could be bad or harmful to them. Dogs do not understand when a food is bad for them, and they will eat it with out any concern.

There are even foods that can cause your dogs serious problems and in some rare cases it could even cost your canine their life. Since you are the “master” of the dog you must be the one to decide if it is worth the risk.

Can I Give My Dog Oatmeal? Answer: Yes

Oatmeal can be given to a dog and it may be very good for them as long as it is prepared and served the correct way.

Obviously, prepare oatmeal for your dog by cooking it. But it should also be plain with no artificial fruits or flavorings, and with no added sugar; preferably no sugar if possible.

Your dog can have many foods, just be sure to keep in mind that foods that are bad for humans are probably worse for your dog, and they can even get bad genes from their parents just as we can. Of course when you pick out a dog he may be pure bred and very expensive, however it does not mean his parents did not have high cholesterol, diabetes, or other health problems.

What You Can Add To Oatmeal

Oatmeal is given to dogs for a few reasons: to give your dog a treat, running low on food, or for extra fiber. Oatmeal by itself may not have much protein so it may be a good idea to add some type of flavor to it. The best type of oatmeal is the slow-cooked oatmeal that should take ten minutes or more, do not use the instant kind, and it should be made using water.

The oatmeal should be prepared with no added sodium (salt) and for protein you could add a cooked egg, not raw since it could have salmonella, a few slices of sausage, or a few tablespoons of shredded cheese. Make sure the oatmeal is cooled to room temperature to be sure your dog does not get burned.

Why Choose Oatmeal?

Oatmeal has many health benefits, it can help lower cholesterol, and reduces the risk of heart disease. Dogs already have a short life, feeding them oatmeal is one way to keep the around for as long as possible. Of course, it will also depend on the overall health of your canine buddy. If your dog has a weight problem, oatmeal can help maintain weight once you have them at the ideal weight.

Oatmeal Increases Fiber

Since oatmeal can increase fiber it is often given to dogs that are older or have issues with their bowels. If your dog does not like the taste you can add it to their regular dog food, or try other fiber rich foods, you can even make or purchase dog biscuits with oatmeal in them.

Other ways you can increase your dogs fiber is through brown rice, apples (be sure not to feed him the seeds or core), a spoonful of unsweetened applesauce to put on top of the dog food, and unseasoned canned pumpkin, not the pie filling.

Best Foods For Your Dog

There are many foods that are good for your dog, like oatmeal, and foods that are bad for your dog like foods with caffeine. If your dog has allergies or other health problems they may need to have a limited diet and should be watched even more closely than the average healthy dog.

If you would like to feed your dog more people food but are unsure about what to give him it may be best to consult your vet. Your veterinarian will know your dog’s history and tailor it with a professional recommendation.

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Ruby's Mum February 8, 2015

I have a 12 year old Jack Russell that keeps itching and scooting on the carpets. I’m pretty sure it’s her anal glands and I’ve booked a vet appointment. She had this problem only a few months ago. Is there a way I can prevent this from reoccurring? She already has a balanced diet and plenty of exercise.

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Lonna November 16, 2014

I feed our English Bulldog and Border Collie mix dogs whole oatmeal cooked with water and fed with coconut oil mixed in. They gobble it fight down.

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Evelyn November 9, 2014

I make myself and my Shih Tzu, she’s Lucy and 4 years old, fresh oatmeal with fat free milk and she loves it. Is it okay to use fat-free milk? She doesn’t like it with water and neither do I.

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Liz January 31, 2015

My Shih Tzu Jake loves freshly cooked oatmeal in skim milk, only no sugar.

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Barbara February 7, 2015

How is oatmeal prepared to be safe for my 8 year old overweight Chihuahua?

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Peter July 28, 2014

I cook raw oats which I buy in bulk, (not packaged) soak overnight in milk and my American Staffy X Ridgeback loves it for breakfast and she looks great. I saw that it was suggested to cook in water. I don’t know why milk was not suggested.

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Hannah November 8, 2014

Because dogs are essentially lactose intolerant. They cannot process dairy products properly. You should only be using pet milk or lactose-free if you are giving your dog milk. Otherwise you risk causing a range of bacterial infections and also diarrhoea (a common symptom of lactose intolerance) which can very quickly lead to severe dehydration.

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Evie February 20, 2015

In fact, only some dogs – just like some people – are lactose-intolerant. I am fortunate my dog is not. She gets a couple of tablespoons of my cooked oatmeal every morning, with yogurt or kefir and also a tablespoon of cottage cheese at dinner. She doesn’t get diarrhea. Here is a useful link from the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association.

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Maria January 13, 2015

That’s because dogs are lactose intolerant and milk tends to make their stools too loose.

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Cindy September 21, 2013

I have an overweight Labrador who also has a dry itchy skin. Nothing I have tried helps lose weight and vet recommended foods are way above my budget. I have just started giving him oats porridge, cooked with some canned food and he has stopped the constant scratching after a week. Now to see if the weight reduces too.

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James September 21, 2013

Hi Cindy. Is it possible to allow your dog to be more active outdoors? If you combine your plan with a way for him burn more calories you will definitely see results.

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Cindy September 21, 2013

In reply, he has two long walks a day but is not allowed to play with a ball or any games like that, much as he loves them. He has problems with his shoulders and too much exercise or high energy activity leaves him limping badly or barely able to walk.

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Bo December 26, 2014

Cindy, I’m so glad to stumble upon this post. Bo is a 55-60 pound 18 month old American Black Mouth Cur. She loves to run, play rough and swim with super high energy. She displays a limp in her right hind leg and I have no money for a vet. I’ve been feeding her chicken hearts, quarters and breast. Also some beef kidney raw or seared to warm up because I freeze it all to kill bacteria. Some fish plus not enough kale, broccoli as well. Also, 1 teaspoon Diatomaceous Earth with a teaspoon of honey and tablespoon plain yogurt. I’m unsure how to balance activity restriction. Help!

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Rick Garcia January 1, 2014

Cindy, Try to use Dinovite and the diatomaceous earth in your dog’s diet. I have two Pembroke Welsh Corgi and this regulated the itching, energy and the balanced diet. Although, I exercise my boys three times a day and play catch for at least an hour daily. On weekends they run around chasing each other for hours. I hope this helps. Also, I watch what I feed them and no treats.

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Paulie September 16, 2014

Please make sure if you are going to use diatomaceous earth that it is the food grade which is not the same that’s used for pools!

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