Healthy Foods Checklist: Oatmeal for Dogs

PetMD Editorial
By PetMD Editorial
Published: May 16, 2017

Oatmeal is a breakfast staple for humans. It’s hearty, nutritious, and tasty. But dogs can benefit from oats and oatmeal too if served in moderation.

Oatmeal is a great alternative carbohydrate for dogs who may be sensitive to wheat or other grains. Oats are full of linoleic acid, a type of omega-6 fatty acid that helps keep skin strong and healthy. They are also a good source of soluble fiber, which can help regulate blood glucose levels.

Some pet food manufacturers tout oatmeal as a key ingredient in their pet foods. This natural option is low in calories and fats, and its fiber content may help regulate gastrointestinal problems in dogs.

If feeding cooked oatmeal to your dog, make sure you don’t overdo it. While plain oatmeal is healthy for dogs, it’s best to serve it in moderation. Try adding a small spoonful to your dog’s regular food, or serve up a scoop for breakfast once in a while.

Never feed dogs flavored oatmeal or oatmeal with additives. Check with your veterinarian before feeding oatmeal to your dog. 

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