Can I Give My Dog Oatmeal?

Can I Give My Dog Oatmeal?Many dog owners sneak their canine friend some table scraps, like oatmeal. They do it without thinking about how healthy or unhealthy the food is before it is given to them. Sometimes it may even cause the dog to have an upset stomach, which often results in uncomfortable gas, throwing up, 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. The way to serve oatmeal to your dog is cooked of course, no one wants uncooked oatmeal, 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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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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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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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.

Tania Davola July 23, 2013

Thank you for the excellent information. At last I’ve found people that know what they’re on about and without being arrogant.

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James July 23, 2013

Tania thank you for the compliment. We all share one thing in common which is dog ownership. We simply do our best to provide good info. Your comment is appreciated :)

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Gordon December 29, 2012

Until a few years ago, half the working border collies in Scotland lived almost wholly on oatmeal. I knew a few shepherds running dogs in international level sheepdog trials who fed their championship dogs 1/3 branded dog meal and 2/3 porridge.

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