Can I Give My Dog Oatmeal?

Can I Give My Dog Oatmeal?Dog owners should know about the health benefits of oatmeal because sometimes it can really help out. If your dog has an upset stomach, uncomfortable gas, mild vomiting, diarrhea or constipation then some cooked oatmeal may save the day.

It should be no secret that oatmeal can improve digestion for canines. At the same time, dogs may benefit from the high levels of fiber, iron and vitamin B-6 found in these healthy oats. This is certainly one of the more appropriate human foods for dogs.

But even though this is generally a good food to serve to a best buddy on occasion, there are some important things to know regarding oatmeal and dogs. We’ll try to cover all the bases right here.

Can I Give My Dog Oatmeal? Answer: Yes

Oatmeal can definitely be given to dogs. Sometimes it can be very useful for digestion.

Just be sure to prepare and serve it properly. Obviously, oatmeal should be cooked when fed to a pet. Perhaps more importantly, use a plain variety with no artificial fruits or flavorings. It’s best to avoid any added sweetness. Actually, feed your dog oatmeal with no sugar at all for maximum health benefits.

If you are looking for a consistent and convenient way to incorporate oatmeal into your dog’s diet then consider this highly regarded dry oatmeal recipe dog food. It’s 100% natural and contains probiotics and flaxseed.

When to Serve Oatmeal

Oatmeal, by itself, doesn’t contain a huge amount of protein. That’s okay because you aren’t going to serve it on a regular basis as a way to simply fill up your dog’s stomach. Instead, use it when it’s appropriate because oatmeal cannot replace your dog’s regular diet.

The most effective use of this hearty and delicious grain meal is when your dog is having mild digestive issues. Irregular bowel movements are probably the best time to turn to good old oatmeal as a safe fix. Typically, older dogs can benefit the most from consuming some prepared oats because they tend to be more likely to need some digestive help.

Some Preparation Tips

As stated above, oatmeal should be prepared with no added sodium (salt) or sugar. However, for extra protein, you could add a cooked egg but not a raw one. A few small slices of sausage can’t hurt if you want to upgrade their special meal for good behavior.

Make sure that it’s cooled to near room temperature so your dog’s mouth doesn’t get burned. The best type of oatmeal is the slow-cooked kind that takes ten minutes or so. Avoid serving instant brands since they usually add all kinds of artificial ingredients. Finally, oatmeal should be made using water in case milk doesn’t agree with Fido.

If your dog doesn’t like the taste of plain oatmeal, try mixing it in with their regular dog food. Also consider getting dog biscuits with oatmeal in them.

Other Health Benefits

Oatmeal offers many potential health benefits for humans. Admittedly, some of them don’t exactly apply as well to dogs. For example, this food may help to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. Dogs have a relatively short life span and don’t really suffer from the same heart issues. But if your dog has a weight problem, oatmeal may actually help out. It can also serve as a way to top up on some important nutrients, including iron, which are sometimes lacking in mediocre dog foods.

Other Ideas for Fiber

The biggest oatmeal health benefit, as it applies to dogs, is what the fiber can do for the digestive system. Other ways to achieve a similar result is with brown rice, apples or unseasoned canned pumpkin.

Conclusion on Oatmeal

Yes, you can feed your dog oatmeal. Try to provide it when the time is right instead of using it because you don’t have anything else. Oatmeal can work wonders for improving canine digestion. If your dog is experiencing problems with bowel movements, then serving some may help them improve. Be sure to cook it but let it cool down before they chow down. Plain oatmeal is best but you can add certain foods to make it more tasty.

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Evelyn November, 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, 2015

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

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Jenifer January, 2016

Your dog, especially a Shih Tzu, cannot handle milk from such an incredibly large animal. Human beings shouldn’t even be consuming dairy milk. It has been linked to breast cancer and osteoporosis. Please do more research.

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Peter July, 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, 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, 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, 2015

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

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Jenifer January, 2016

Most human beings are lactose intolerant as well. Drinking milk from another species really isn’t the best idea.

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Cindy September, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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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Tania Davola July, 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, 2013

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

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Gordon December, 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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