Yes, dogs can eat oats as long as they are cooked plainly.
Oats are cereal grains that are high in plant-based protein and fat. They are commonly consumed by humans as oatmeal and rolled oats, but even dogs and cats can enjoy them as they are a good source of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and soluble fiber. Because of this, dogs with bowel movement issues (especially seniors) can greatly benefit from eating oats regularly. The grains are also said to have antitumor, digestive, and hormonal properties.
How to feed oats to your dog: Cook plain oats in boiling water for 25 to 30 minutes or until tender. You can mix the oats with some milk, but only if your dog isn’t allergic or intolerant to it. However, never give him flavoured oats or mix chocolate, raisins, sugar, nuts, and other toppings you typically put on your own oatmeal. These ingredients are known to be harmful for canine pets.
When feeding your dog plain, cooked oats for the first time, let it cool a bit before serving. Only feed a small amount and observe his body’s reaction to it over the next few hours.
Refrain from feeding him raw oats as these are difficult to digest. Doing so may lead to stomach upset.
Here are three ideas for oat-based treats your dog will love:
- Add a tablespoonful of plain, cooked oatmeal for every 10 to 20 pounds of your dog’s weight.
- Follow this berry egg oatmeal recipe your pup will approve of.
- Bake some apple oatmeal treats for your next outing with Spot!
In summary: Iron, zinc, manganese, and B vitamins are just some of the nutrients your dog can get from consuming oats. When served correctly, oatmeal can support his skin health and digestion, possibly lowering his cholesterol levels in the process. Be wary of adding too much fiber to his diet as it may lead to unpleasant digestive effects such as bloating and gas.
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