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Can Dogs Eat Oatmeal?

By Stacy Painter
published: June 30, 2021 • 2 min. read
bowl of oatmeal

The quick answer: Yes, dogs can eat plain cooked oatmeal.

This popular food, often eaten for breakfast, is highly versatile and can be enjoyed many different ways. The good news is that it can be shared with your dog—so long as you do so before adding in all your fixings. 

Benefits of oatmeal

By itself, oatmeal is a great alternative source of carbohydrates for dogs that are sensitive to wheat. It is a common ingredient in homemade dog treat recipes as well as pet shampoos for its moisturizing properties. Oatmeal is a nutritious food that contains vitamin B and omega-6 fatty acids to maintain healthy skin and coat. It’s also full of fiber which can help a dog feel full longer as well as regulate the digestive system and bowel movements.

Tips for sharing oatmeal with your dog:

  • Always cook oats before sharing because cooked oatmeal is easier to digest
  • Steel cut or rolled oats contain more nutrients than instant oatmeal which is highly processed
  • Allow oatmeal to fully cool before sharing it with your dog
  • Dogs should only eat plain oatmeal that has been cooked in water, without any add-ins
  • Mix a glob of oatmeal into your dog’s dinner or give him a small spoonful as a treat
Protect your pet

Hazards of oatmeal for dogs

Never give your dog oatmeal that has added flavoring or any other add-ins. While sugar is bad for dogs, other ingredients that you might find in oatmeal such as raisins or sugar-free sweeteners like xylitol can be deadly.

Don’t give your dog oatmeal that has been made with milk. Many dogs have dairy sensitivities and milk can cause digestive upset.

As with all foods, moderation is key. Too much can cause a tummy ache, resulting in vomiting or diarrhea. Aside from their regular food, treats and snacks should make up no more than 10% of a pet’s diet because too many extra calories can lead to weight gain.

Oatmeal dog treat recipe

Share oats with your dog in the form of a homemade treat, made with love! 

Peanut Butter Banana Dog Treats by The Cozy Cook

  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter*
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 mashed banana (1/2 cup)


  1. Preheat oven to 300°F.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and knead until a dough ball forms. If it’s too sticky, add a little more flour.
  3. Roll it out on a lightly floured surface and cut into shapes with cookie cutters.
  4. Place the cutouts on a baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes.

Recipe Notes: *All-natural peanut butter without added salt or sugar is best. Do not use lite or sugar-free peanut butter, as those may have artificial sweeteners (such as xylitol) which is toxic to dogs.

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By Stacy Painter

Stacy has always been an animal lover and has worked in the pet industry and pet insurance specifically for over a decade. As a writer since early childhood, content writing for Healthy Paws pet insurance was a natural career path to combine her two passions. She currently lives in Florida with her boyfriend and Taiwanese rescue dog, Kaya.

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