› Oatmeal for Dogs

Oatmeal for Dogs

How healthy is oatmeal for dogs? Oats, oat flour and oat bran all provide healthy nutrients that will help to keep your dog fit and strong.

In fact, these healthy ingredients are often found in high quality natural commercial preparations for dog food and dog treats.

The American Pharmaceutical Association also reports oat products to be safe and effective, when used to reduce cholesterol levels, both in people and in animals.

In addition, many veterinarians now recommend some oatmeal or bran in your pet's diet to help keep their bowels regular and to protect against heart disease.

Oats can help keep cholesterol in check for dogs, just as it does for people!

Oatmeal is easily added to dog treat recipes.

Oatmeal is healthy for dogs

What is Oatmeal?

Oats have been used for centuries in livestock feeds, and hearty oatmeal has been a staple in many countries for humans.

Oatmeal is hearty and it has a very pleasant taste. Here in the US, it is a common breakfast food.

Oats grow as a grass that later forms seeds (or oats). Oat bran is part of the seed, and the bran is separated from the oats after harvest. Oats are then “rolled” to be used as a cereal or an ingredient in baked goods. Or they are ground to make flour.

Oats contain healthy amounts of:

  • Fiber
  • Selenium (which fights cancer)
  • B vitamins
  • Iron
  • Phosphorous
  • Manganese
  • Calcium

Oats for Dogs

You can substitute oat flour or old fashioned rolled oats freely for other types of flour in dog treats recipes. When you substitute oats, or oatmeal flour for another flour, it should be substituted, cup for cup.

However, if you wish to add oat bran to a recipe, adding just a tablespoon of oat bran will serve as a healthy supplement to your dog’s diet. Adding too much bran to a dog’s diet can cause digestive upsets, with flatulence or diarrhea.

Always keep oat bran refrigerated or in a sealed container, as it can get rancid after being exposed to air. If you suspect that your bran is rancid, smell it. If it is rancid, it will have a strong characteristic rancid odor.

Dispose of rancid oat bran, as it can contribute to:

  • diabetes
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • digestive distress
  • deplete the body of vitamins B and E
  • DNA damage
  • encourage cancer growth

Oats and its various forms go nicely with applesauce and cinnamon in homemade dog treats.

What would you like to see next?

Millet in Dog Food
Millet in Dog Food
Milk for Dogs
Milk for Dogs
Dogs and Bananas
Dogs and Bananas

Top of Page

New! Comments

Leave a comment about this article in the box below and share it with your Facebook friends.

Never Be The Same - 300 x 250

Easy Recipes for Kids

Have fun with the Kids
and have a Happy Dog too!

Try My Recipe of the Month

 Shamrock Dog Treats

Shamrock Dog Treats

Follow Best Dog Treat Recipes on FacebookFollow DogTreatBaker on Twitter

Gather at Google +

Subscribe to
Bark of the Town

Your First Name

Your E-mail Address

We keep this private.

Follow the The Dog Blog too

get your FREE mini-course on dog diet and nutrition

Now get your FREE mini-course on dog diet and nutrition…

Shop for Dog Toys

Amazon Pet Supplies - Explore Gift Ideas for Pets

dog treat cookbook reviews

Dog Treat Cookbooks

Starting a home business dog bakery -- how to

Start a Home Business
Dog Bakery

dog cookie cutters

Dog Cookie Cutters

HeartGard Plus is undeniably the most popular medication specifically meant for prevention of heartworms in dogs. It is very important that you do all you can to ensure that your dog is free of heartworm, shop now!

Best Deals on Pet Supply Products

VetApprovedRx.com - Heart Worm Prevention for Pets