The other day, my friend asked: “Can a dog eat oatmeal?” She now has two dogs, both pick-ups and feeding is nevertheless expensive, and oatmeal is cheap. Then in their family it is common to eat Hercules, so it is easier for her to cook more oatmeal than to cook another porridge specifically for dogs. I fed my oatmeal when they were still puppies, and then switched to rice and buckwheat. So still I feed, and I try to give as little as possible to the cereals, not forgetting that the dog is, after all, a predator. In general, my main focus is on meat and chicken. Therefore, the question is whether the dog can eat oatmeal or not, I somehow did not bother. I had to climb on different sources.
What I found out made me laugh. Everyone writes that the dog cannot eat oatmeal, because the digestive tract of the animal is the digestive tract of the predator, which should not eat any oatmeal or any cereal. Meat and meat only. Vegetables are needed for ballast. With these arguments, I agree, because I myself think so. Then they write that you can eat rice and buckwheat. Isn’t it cereal? Opinions differ on wheat, and there is also no agreement about oatmeal. In general, the question of proper nutrition remains open, so I will express my own thoughts on this matter.
Adhering to the fact that it is certain that the dog has a digestive track that is able to digest only proteins, i.e. meat, any grain will be ballast, as well as vegetables. The croup is poorly digested and stays in the stomach for a long time; nothing is absorbed from it, but it causes a feeling of fullness. For some reason, everyone thinks that a large dog needs a lot of meat. Meat is expensive and therefore it is replaced with cereals. I am more than sure if beef would cost as much as oatmeal or rice with buckwheat, although they also became not cheap, but still, all dog owners would switch to feeding with one meat. Moreover, the fuss with raw meat is much less than with cereal.
Let’s go back to the oatmeal. It differs from other cereals in that it is more high in calories, it has more fat and fiber. Oatmeal has more calcium and phosphorus than rice and buckwheat, which is probably why we give oatmeal to puppies. If you feed the dog with Hercules and limit the expenditure of energy, then your pet can get very well, which is harmful for dogs and people. Castrated and sterilized animals do not give oatmeal at all, so that they do not become fat. And for those who are actively running and jumping, why not give.
In some dogs, oatmeal causes intestinal upset. It is not desirable for such pets to give this porridge. But for dogs suffering from gastritis, a stomach ulcer is very useful decoction of oatmeal or even jelly from the decoction. Oatmeal has a wonderful enveloping property, it is distributed along the walls of the stomach and does not allow the gastric juice to affect them. These diseases are treated with medicines, but oatmeal helps them. Weakened, sick animals, pets “sitting” on a diet, growing puppies oatmeal will bring only benefits.
Can the dog eat oatmeal? You can, if this dog eats oatmeal all his life, does not get fat from it and its intestines cope with this porridge. Do I need to specifically translate a dog to oatmeal? If the dog is healthy, it is not necessary, but if with a stomach ailment, it is necessary. In any case, oatmeal, like any other croup, requires correction and can be given within certain limits without replacing proteins.