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Yes, dogs can safely eat barley in a moderate amount. Barley is a common ingredient in dog food and is an excellent source of soluble fiber. Adding barley to your dog’s diet will keep its digestive system healthy and regulate blood sugar.

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Safe: This food is generally considered safe by the veterinary community. Dogs can eat this food sometimes or in small amounts but contains little to no nutritional value.

Food Safety Safe and nutritious in moderate amounts.
Nutritional Value Barley provides essential fiber to keep the digestive system and blood sugar levels in control. It also provides other necessary nutrients like carbohydrates and protein.
Potential Risks  Eating too much barley can lead to gastrointestinal issues in dogs. A high amount of barley grass powder can also inflame the pancreas in dogs. Since barley is a carbohydrate, excessive amounts of it can lead to health issues such as obesity and diabetes.
Every dog is different. For specific feeding guidelines, including quantities and beneficial foods that are best for your dog, please consult your vet.

How Much Barley is Safe for Dogs?

Barley is essentially a carbohydrate, therefore, it should not be the main component of your dog’s diet. However, occasionally adding barely to your dog’s protein-based meals is a good idea. A rule of thumb is to ensure that your dog’s barley intake does not cross the 10 percent threshold of your dog’s daily calorie intake.

How to Safely Prepare Barley for Your Dog?

There are plenty of ways you can serve barley to your dog. The simplest and easiest way is to boil a few cups of barley powder and add it to your dog’s regular food. You can also mix it with other food and try different combinations to see what your dog enjoys best. A quick tip: Barley along with chicken and vegetables can make an excellent nutritious and balanced meal for your dog.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Due to its high fiber content, barley can be used to treat diarrhea in dogs.

  • Some dogs can have a gluten intolerance and eating barley might cause an allergic reaction in them.

About the Writer
Dan Greco , Dog Dad

Having been a dog dad for 5 years, I know how hard it is to make sure your dog gets the right nutrients and stays away from hazardous foods. With the help of a veterinarian who specializes in nutrition, I created this blog to help dog owners quickly access food information they need.

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About the Contributor
Dr. Hillary Wolfe , Veterinarian & Certified Food Therapist

Dr. Wolfe holds a doctorate in veterinary medicine from Kansas State University and holds nutrition certifications from the NAVC and CIVT. Her business, Tula Veterinary Nutrition, hosts online courses that teach owners how to cook for their pet for optimal health and longevity. Follow her on Instagram at @doctorwolfe.dvm for dog nutrition tips, recipes and insights.