Let’s have breakfast together and enjoy some Oatmeal. Oatmeal is on this week’s Healthy Food Healthy Dog Happy Dog menu.
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Oatmeal, especially for senior dogs with bowel irregularity issues, is a great addition to their diet.
There are two kinds of fiber:
- Soluble fiber
- Insoluble fiber
Soluble fiber dissolves in water, and insoluble fiber does not.
Oatmeal is an excellent source of soluble fiber.
Oatmeal is also a great grain alternative for dogs that are allergic to wheat.
According to the Dog Food Advisor, fiber helps prevent constipation and diarrhea. Now that’s an amazing benefit.
The Dog Food Advisor also states in part 2 of their fiber article, that it is
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, and so many other benefits, including weight loss.
When researching this healthy food, it really caught my interest, as there is research about soluble fiber and benefits to senior dogs. My dog Mary is an older dog, and the more I can help her feel better with diet, the better I feel about it.
A New Dog Feeding Schedule
I was also interested in finding out more about feeding her 3 times a day, instead of the 2 times a day schedule that I do now. It appears that a dog’s digestive system changes as they age. That’s no surprise, so has mine.
As dogs get older, their digestive tract becomes less efficient than when they were younger. With this in mind, would feeding my dog 3 smaller meals be more helpful to her digestive system?
The other thing I noticed about Mary is that she has become extremely flatulent – and I mean she can clear a room. Now she’s a dog, and I’m sure it doesn’t embarrass her, but it is quite awkward when you’re having a dinner party.
I started thinking, was it what I was feeding her. I had added the green beans, and just this week I started to add a small amount of baby carrots. The flatulent issue was something she before I started any of these changes.
I can imagine that it is very comfortable for her stomach. I don’t think anyone is very comfortable when it comes to having gas.
I began researching on what I could do to help prevent her from:
- Being uncomfortable
- Clearing a room
Oatmeal as a Healthy Doggy Snack
That’s when I started reading about oatmeal, and that oatmeal would make a great treat for dogs, along with all the many other great dietary benefits.
Feeding 3 Smaller Meals
My next search was about feeding senior dogs three smaller meals a day.
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While there were differing opinions around the web, what stood out was that is would be based on your lifestyle.
Of course, feeding more meals means more trips outside to potty. If you work from home or have a flexible schedule, this could work.
I work from home, so I am seriously considering the 3 meals a day. I would still feed Mary the same daily amount of food; I would just split it into three meals.
I believe this would be less strenuous on her digestive system. Feeding her regular kibble, which I mix with, wet food, and this now includes a ½ cup of French style green beans, and ½ cup of baby carrots.
I am currently feeding her twice a day. Would it help her if I change that to three times a day?
The New Feeding Schedule Rundown
This is my plan; so that I can incorporate the healthy benefits of oatmeal to help with her digestive issues.
I will cut back on the kibble, wet food, and veggie meal mix in the morning and evenings; and allow her an early afternoon snack of oatmeal.
Last week we talked about the benefits of apple slices. Mary just does not like cold baby carrots or cold apples slices. She literally ignored me when I tried to give them to her as a treat.
I personally think she does not care for cold food (unless it’s cheese or chicken, of course). By grating some apple, and warming it as a topping for the oatmeal, this may just make it tasty enough for her to eat. I will let you know how it works out.
Introduce New Foods Gradually
I am introducing these new healthy foods to her slowly. I started with the green beans, and waited a week before adding the baby carrots.
From my research, I know to introduced new foods slowly. I will try this new approach to include the oatmeal in her diet:
- To see if she will eat the oatmeal with the grated apple topping as a midday snack.
- If not then I will incorporate it into her food.
- I will just split her daily food intake into three separate portions.
- These meals would now be kibble, French style green beans, baby carrots, cooked oatmeal, and grated apple.
If anyone has switched to a three meal a day diet, I would love to hear about your experiences.
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I love hearing from those who have been there and done that.
- It would really help me learn from those of you that have done this already.
- It will help me care for my senior dog Mary.
- Your comments will also help others caring for their aging dogs.
We all have different dogs, of different ages. Those of you that have tried these things can really help the rest of us, who are trying to help our pets feel better by using a natural method of a healthy diet.
How To Serve Healthy Oatmeal
When feeding our dogs oatmeal, we need to make sure to cook it before serving. Do not add any sugar or flavor additives.
When cooking the oatmeal use water, not milk. Do not add salt as the packaging suggests. You can make your bowl of Oatmeal this way, just not your dogs. Start with small amounts to make sure your pet does not have any adverse reactions.
If there is any reaction, contact your vet immediately.
If In Doubt Leave It Out
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Before giving your dog any people food, do your research to make sure it’s safe.
This is why I am doing this article series, to help do this research for you, and for myself. Please do more research for your specific dog breed, and check with your vet for any specific dietary needs your dog may have.
All dogs are different and some dogs may have an allergic reaction to certain foods just like people do.
Remember, there are human foods that you should never feed your dog.
Consult your veterinarian with any questions on what is safe, and what is harmful for your dog to eat.
If your dog should accidentally ingest any harmful foods, contact your vet immediately, or call the Pet Poison Helpline®. They are available 24/7, and have a “Poison List” on their site. Please note that there is a per incident fee. The ASPCA also has a Poison Control Center available 27/7/365 they too have a fee.
This week’s menu item for Dog’s Healthy Food Healthy Dog Happy Dog – Oatmeal
- An excellent source of soluble fiber
- Good for senior dogs with bowel irregularities
- A grain alternative for dogs that have allergies to wheat
- Prevents both constipation and diarrhea
- A way to reduce the risk of canine colon cancer
- Helps with weight loss
- Many other health benefits
I loved to hear about your thoughts experiences. Are there is any particular healthy human food that you would like to know more about? Drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
I found a quick 2 minute YouTube video on how to make “Easy Oatmeal Homemade Dog Food”.
If you’re interested in making some homemade oatmeal dog food for your fur baby watch this video.
I hope you enjoyed this week’s menu item: Oatmeal for Dogs: Healthy Food Healthy Dog Happy Dog
Now go enjoy a bowl of oatmeal with your dog. No really go enjoy a bowl; it’s good for you and it’s good for your dog.
Until Next Time
Paws & Wags,
Suzanne Dean, ABCDT
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