You know that oatmeal is one of the best ways for you to start the day (it is packed with fiber, can help lower cholesterol and will keep you going until lunch), but what about giving a spoonful to your four-legged friend? We asked the pros: Can dogs eat oatmeal? Here’s what they said.
“Dogs can eat oatmeal,” says Rachel Barrack, DVM, founder of concierge practice Animal Acupuncture. In fact, oats are frequently found in commercially prepared dog foods as a carbohydrate alternative, she says. “Oatmeal is a great option for dogs with grain or wheat sensitivities.”
A quick note about grain-free diets: Dogs don’t need to eat grain-free, says Katja Lang, DVM, of Heart of Chelsea Veterinary Group. “Grains are a digestible source of carbohydrates and can offer important nutrients, such as fiber and essential fatty acids,” she tells us. But if your dog has a wheat allergy, then a grain-free diet is beneficial. (FYI: This allergy is pretty rare. According to the Cummings Veterinary Center at Tufts University, Irish setters and border terriers are some of the only dog breeds susceptible to gluten allergies.)
But whether your pooch can tolerate grains or not, there are plenty of good reasons to let Bailey try some of your go-to breakfast. “Oatmeal is a great adjunct to a bland diet when a pet has diarrhea, and it acts as a binding agent,” Bernadine Cruz, DVM, tells us.