Benefits of Oats for Dogs
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Oats are one of the most popular breakfasts on the planet, being one of the healthiest and richest herbs around, whilst also offering plenty of health benefits. It is also a very economical food product, so it's a win win!
But can dogs have oats? Actually, the best thing about them is that not only human beings can enjoy them. They can also be incorporated into your pet's diet. We are sometimes guilty of thinking that our pet's diet is limited to feed, whereas in reality there is a vast range of food to discover.
Keep reading this article and find out about the benefits of oats for dogs. We at AnimalWised are always in favor of keeping all members of the family healthy, providing them with an optimum diet.
Why are oats good for dogs?
Oats are a completely healthy and beneficial food for all dog breeds (unless the dog is allergic to this herb, of course).
For years, animal nutrition experts have been conducting tests which show that the inclusion of oats in a dog's diet is a great way to help provide them with a complete and balanced diet.
The most important thing is to give the product correctly. Using it excessively could have side effects for the animal's health. Furthermore, the oats you give them should always be as natural as possible, with less additives and sugars. If possible, it would be much better to give them organic oats, which you can find in any bio shop.
Benefits of oats for dogs
Oats are a very complete food. Not only do they have a few health benefits, but they are considered a herb which aids healing. They can be ingested or even applied on the skin. There are many benefits which practically cover the dog's whole body. Let's get into some of the benefits of oats for dogs...
- They are an excellent wheat substitute for animals that are allergic to gluten, since they contain much lower protein levels.
- They are rich in vitamins B5 and B9, minerals such as zinc, iron, manganese, copper, folic acid and biotin (optimal for keeping fur in good condition).
- They are a source of soluble fiber that works to regulate cholesterol and all intestinal processes, helping to reduce problems such as constipation, diarrhea, gas and even vomiting.
- Oats are good for the dog's skin and fur. If your dog eats oats, they will have beautiful and healthy fur. In fact, there are oat shampoos specifically designed for dogs which work topically. These come recommended by both vets and groomers.
- They also improve red blood cell production
- Despite being a carbohydrate, they are highly recommended for overweight dogs due to their high fiber content. In addition, they help to keep the dog feeling full.
- They are natural and contain high amounts of the highest quality protein.
How to give oats to your dog
It's best to cook the oats before feeding them to a dog. They might not like raw oats very much, and they may find them hard to chew, swallow and digest them. Some people occasionally mix oats with dog feed to make the meal even more complete, also ensuring that the dog doesn't get bored of the individual flavors.
It's best not to use milk, since dogs don't tolerate dairy products particularly well. Make the oats with water and try not to add sugar, salt or any other additive. After cooking them, remember to let it cool down. You don't want to burn your pet's mouth!
The right amount of oats for a dog depends on their weight. An ideal measurement is one tablespoon of oats for every 9 kilos, once or twice a week, never more than three times. Giving your pet small quantities of the best oats will benefit your pet greatly.
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