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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Dee May 16, 2015

Our dog, a Shih-Poo, is having bowel problems. What can I give him to relieve his constipation, and how much? He’s about 16-18 pounds. He will not eat dog food and I’ve tried everyone there is.

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Jason May 16, 2015

Hi Dee. I have two German Shepherd/Husky mixes that tend to have bowel issues. Normally a healthy portion of wet rice and water will soften their stools enough to get it out. Rice with boiled chicken, over the next few days, will help thicken it without constipating them again. After 2 or 3 days your pup should be well enough to go back on regular food. Most dogs will stop eating their food if it is causing them discomfort, so maybe look for a digestion specific food? I wish you the best of luck!

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Dee May 17, 2015

Thanks Jason, for your reply. When you say wet rice, do you cook it first or just soak it?

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Jason May 18, 2015

Whoops sorry! I meant to cook it!

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Susan May 16, 2015

I had the same problem with my dog. Feed him Stella ‘n Chewy’s freeze-dried dog food. It’s amazing! Any flavor will do and there are many. My dog now eats like a ravenous wolf. He eats it so fast that I have to feed him a small amount at a time.

I recommend it to anyone who has a picky eater or for dogs that may have health issues or lack of appetite. I haven’t seen one pet not go crazy over this food! If you find it too pricey, mix it with a kibble. My favorite is Orijen.

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Dee May 17, 2015

Where can I find this dog food and what kind of kibble do you use? Our dog will not eat any kind of dried dog food. He even stopped eating canned food. I have wasted so much food and money trying to find something he will eat besides boiled or sauteed chicken with carrots and rice. I think that’s what causing his constipation. I wish I could afford a trainer to teach him better eating habits.

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James May 17, 2015

Hi Dee. Susan indicted she uses Orijen, it’s her kibble of choice. She also mentioned Stella and Chewy’s freeze dried dog food. Both of these are available online. Look at her comment and see the blue clickable links, it takes you directly there. I hope that helps.

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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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Jason May 16, 2015

Sometimes it’s as simple as a pocket in there causing some discomfort. Most dogs will get this at some point in their life. A vet may just pop it and send you on your way. I highly doubt it’s due to a dietary issue as long as she hasn’t been straining when she goes to the bathroom.

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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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