You may already be used to serving your family bowls of oatmeal on chilly winter mornings, as it is both filling and nutritious, but what about your dog? Is oatmeal suitable for your dog?
The answer is yes, but not in the same way you’d make it for the rest of your family.
Benefits Of Giving Your Dog Oatmeal
Did you know that oatmeal is an ingredient in many commercial dog food brands? Oatmeal has several health benefits for your dog. These include:
- Improving the appearance of skin and fur- Oatmeal is rich in B vitamins and omega-6 fatty acids which play an important role in the maintenance and production of skin cells. These nutrients also help wounds heal faster and reduce skin inflammation and irritation.
- Aiding in digestion- Oatmeal is high in fiber which supports digestive health by bulking up stool and promoting regular bowel movements. It is also useful for treating constipation.
- Reducing cholesterol- Oats contain a special type of fiber that helps to improve heart health and can reduce cholesterol levels in the body.
Is There Anything I Should Be Worried About?
As you already know, not all human food is suitable for dogs. Avoid flavored oats that have high sugar content as well as raw oats which are not so easy to digest for dogs and can lead to an upset stomach.
When preparing the oats, use water, since most dogs do not tolerate milk well. Serve it plainly. Do not overfeed oats since the high fiber can cause bloating and gas. Some brands contain ingredients such as raisins and chocolate that are toxic for dogs, so be sure to read the label carefully before giving it to your dog.
Remember to consult your dog’s regular vet before adding any new foods to his/her diet. While it may already be present in your dog’s food in small quantities, it is still a good idea to check-in!