Oatmeal is a healthy breakfast choice for humans, but is it a safe ingredient for dogs? In short, yes!
In this article we will talk about the benefits dogs get from eating oatmeal, and a recipe to come with it.
Can Dogs Eat Oatmeal?
Yes, like I just mentioned oatmeal is great.
But like with any form of carbohydrates, moderation is key here.
Oats are high in carbohydrates so overfeeding older dogs is surefire way to put some extra pounds on them that they don't need.
Also, NEVER feed your dog uncooked, raw oats. They must be cooked.
Oatmeal is high in fiber, and contains a lot of nutrients, minerals and antioxidants.
This oatmeal dog food recipe may not offer balanced nutrition for all dogs, so be sure to check with your veterinarian before switching your pup to this diet.
Oatmeal also makes a good substitute carbohydrate for dogs with wheat and grain allergies.
Being a good source of soluble fiber, oatmeal is beneficial for dogs with bowel irregularity issues and aids in regulating blood glucose levels.
Downsides of oatmeal
On the contrary, feeding a diet that offers too much fiber can cause gastrointestinal issues.
For this reason, this oatmeal dog food should not be the only recipe you feed your pet.
You can interchange it with other homemade recipes or serve it once in a while to help keep Fido's bowel movements regular.
Oatmeal Dog Food Recipe
- 1 cup water
- 2 cups chicken (cubed)
- 1 tbsp. coconut oil
- 1/2 cup mixed vegetables
- 1/4 cup dry quick oats
- 1/8 cup uncooked brown rice
Boil the water in a medium-sized saucepan.
Add the coconut oil and let it melt.
Add the chicken, rice and oatmeal.
Cook on medium heat for 20 minutes.
Stir the oatmeal dog food recipe to thoroughly combine all ingredients.
Add the mixed vegetables and cook for another 10 minutes on medium heat.
I used a Normandy mix of frozen vegetables in my recipe video above.
You could substitute any dog-friendly vegetables that you have on hand.
When I prepare homemade food for my dogs I like to use vegetables that are in season at the time.
They are cheaper and easy to find at any local grocery store or farmer's market.
Healthy, dog-friendly vegetable substitutions could include:
After the vegetables have been added and you've cooked the oatmeal dog food recipe for an additional 10 minutes, remove it from the heat, cover the saucepan and let it sit for 10 minutes.
Once the food has cooled you can serve it to your dog.
The recommended serving size is about 1/2 cup for every 20-25 pounds of body weight.
You need to feed 2 servings per day.
Let's say your dog weighs 60 pounds.
He would need to eat about 1.5 cups of this oatmeal dog food recipe in the morning and 1.5 cups in the evening.
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