Can Dogs Eat Oatmeal?

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Can dogs eat oatmeal?
 Yes. A hot bowl of porridge in the morning is the perfect way to start off a cold winter's day. But is it as healthy for dogs as it is for us humans? Yes! Oats can reduce their cholesterol levels, ultimately lowering the risk of heart disease. As well as this, oats are a good source of zinc, magnesium, vitamins B, and E. 


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Are Dogs Allowed Oats?

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Yes! Oats are a great source of zinc, magnesium, vitamins B and E. Research suggests that oats are also very good for lowering a dog's cholesterol, ultimately reducing the risk of them suffering from heart disease. We have outlined the health benefits and concerns in more detail below, read on!


Health Benefits 


Magnesium
Magnesium is another vital mineral for dogs. Magnesium helps the dog's body to process as well as functioning the nerve system and muscle mobilization. If you notice a change in your dogs' muscle strength or tone, this could be down to a lack of magnesium. Foods that have high levels of magnesium include; tofu, whole grains, fish, and nuts. 

Vitamin B6
Vitamin B6 for dogs' is vital. This vitamin is responsible for aiding the production of glucose, help function the blood cell and nervous systems, regulate hormones, and activate genes. Other foods high in B6 include; green vegetables, organ meats, whole grains, and some dairy products. 

Vitamin E
Vitamin E is a fat-soluble nutrient that helps your dogs' body to develop strong and healthy, specifically the muscles. It also promotes healthy circulatory and immune systems. It also acts as an antioxidant, helping to protect cells from damage caused by free radicals.

Zinc
This mineral plays an important role inside a dogs' body. It helps the process of enzymes, proteins, and hormones. Zinc is also important for immune system function and thyroid function. If your dog has a deficiency of zinc, it can result in serious problems, e.g., they will lack protection from infection.


Health Concerns


Allergies
There's not too much to be concerned about when it comes to oats. Your dog could be allergic to the oats or the milk. Closely monitor your dog's behavior after feeding them the oats. If they show any allergic reaction symptoms (see below), ensure you call a veterinarian straight away to seek further help and advice. 
 
Symptoms of allergic reaction in dogs
 
> Vomiting
 
> Diarrhea 
 
> Loss of appetite 
 
> Becomes lethargic
 
> Moves to a quiet place
 
> Pacing

Added Ingredients
If you're buying oats or products to add with the oats, ensure they do not have any additives. Plain oats are the best to buy. 



How To Prepare Oatmeal For Dogs?

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It is recommended that you cook the oats if you're feeding them to your dog. Uncooked oats can be a little dry, which makes it difficult for a dog to digest. Warming the oats with milk is the best option. Ensure you do not overcook them to a slushy mush, 1-1.30mins in the microwave is enough.
Almond or coconut milk is a good dairy-free alternative which offers increased levels of nutrients. It also helps to reduce the risk of your dog becoming sick due to them being intolerant to the dairy products. 



What Can I Add With Oatmeal For My Dog?

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Bananas
Bananas are high in potassium, vitamin B6, and vitamin C. Some highly qualified veterinarians recommend this fruit as a natural replacement for shop-bought treats that can be high in fat and calories. However, like with all 'human' foods, it should be given to your dog in moderation and ensure they're not allergic to it. 
Bananas are best peeled and sliced for your furry friend; however, if they do eat the skin, you do not need to worry as it is not toxic. Finely slicing the banana into small chunks will help avoid any potential choking. Add the finely chopped banana slices to a cup of oats to make a tasty treat!

Blueberries
Blueberries are an excellent choice to add with the oats for your dog. They are very low in calories yet have high amounts of vitamin C & K, fiber, and antioxidants. Vitamin C and fiber are important components of a canine's diet, as well as the antioxidants that help fight off diseases, illnesses and decrease the risk of arthritis in older dogs.
Blueberries also make an excellent choice due to their size—no need for slicing and dicing, straight out of the packet and into the bowl of oats. Ensure you don't leave the blueberry oats with your pup, that purple trail could be left all over the floor and walls! 

Peanut Butter
A great source of protein for dogs. However, some peanut butter contains xylitol, which is toxic to dogs. Therefore when purchasing peanut butter for your dog, you should check the labels and ensure your product is xylitol free. Peanut butter works as a great treat and can also go inside a kong, which is a fun, enjoyable, and stimulating game. 



Oatmeal Dog Treat Recipes

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Peanut Butter Oatmeal Dog 
Treats These Peanut Butter Dog Treats are the perfect treat for your dog! Made with only four ingredients, these cookies for dogs are the perfect homemade dog treat. 

Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 15 mins

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup oats
  • One egg
  • One overripe banana
  • Three tablespoons peanut butter 

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 
  1. Mash all the ingredients until well combined. 
  1. Scoop onto a rounded tablespoon onto a cookie sheet. Flatten slightly with a fork. 
  1. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Cool.

(Recipe courtesy of 'amindfullmom' - click here to see full recipe)



Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Dog Treats

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 22 mins
Total Time: 32 mins

Ingredients 

  • 2 1/2 cups quick-cook oatmeal divided
  • 1 cup cinnamon applesauce
  • Two eggs beaten

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place two cups of the quick oats into a blender and pulse four or fives times until it's more like flour. Pour into a mixing bowl.
  3. Add the remaining 1/2 cup of quick oats, cinnamon applesauce, and eggs together until well combined. It will be very wet.
  4. Place the dog mold on the parchment-lined baking sheet and scoop batter into the mold evenly while also flattening down with the back of a small spoon.
  5. Repeat with the remaining batter.
  6. Side Note: You can also do spoonfuls of batter a couple of inches apart to make cookies.
  7. Place the baking sheet into the oven and bake for 22-25 minutes or until golden and set.
  8. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely on cooling racks.
  9. Store in the refrigerator in a sealed container. Enjoy.

(Recipe courtesy of 'pookspantry' - click here to see full recipe)



FAQs

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Is peanut butter good for dogs?
In short, yes. It is an excellent source of protein and makes a great toy filler to keep your dog mentally stimulated. However, some peanut butter contains xylitol, which is toxic to dogs. Therefore when purchasing peanut butter for your dog, you should check the labels and ensure your product is xylitol free.

Are bananas good for dogs?
Yes! Bananas are high in potassium, vitamin B6, and vitamin C. Some highly qualified veterinarians recommend this fruit as a natural replacement for shop-bought treats that can be high in fat and calories. However, like with all 'human' foods, it should be given to your dog in moderation and ensure they're not allergic to it. 

Is rice good for dogs?
Dogs can eat plain pasta or rice after it has been cooked. Vets will tend to recommend feeding your dog rice if they have been sick.

 

 

 

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Disclaimer: Each dog is different, and every circumstance is different. All efforts have been made to provide accurate information. However, it is not provided by a qualified Veterinarian, Veterinarian Surgeon, or Behaviorist. The information provided is purely educational. The information should not be used as an alternative or substitute for medical care. If you have any health or medical concerns, contact a qualified Veterinary Surgeon or Veterinarian immediately.

 

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