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Yes, dogs can eat oats and honey in moderate amounts. Oats have a significant amount of carbohydrates and honey is high in natural sugars. Therefore, the two combined can become a food high in calories. It is best to give it to your dog as an occasional treat.

Oats and Honey
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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 in moderate amounts
Nutritional Value Oats are a source of healthy carbohydrates and vitamin B-6. Honey has anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties which strengthen the immune system
Potential Risks regular consumption of honey can lead to tooth decay and obesity in the long run. Eating too many oats can lead to digestion issues
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 Oats and Honey is Safe for Dogs?

There are several different ways to feed your dog oats and honey combined. However, in any iteration, oats and honey should only be limited to an occasional treat rather than a regular part of your dog’s diet. When giving oats and honey as a treat, it is important to ensure that it does not make up for more than 10% of your dog’s daily calorie intake.

How to Safely Prepare Oats and Honey for Your Dog?

You can combine oats and honey in several different ways to make a healthy treat for your dogs. To safely prepare oats and honey for your dog, it is important to use plain and unsweetened oats. Sweetened oats contain added sugar which is unhealthy for dogs. It is also essential to cook the oats before serving them to your dog because raw oats can be difficult for dogs to digest. Use a small amount of honey since too much honey can have the same effect as processed sugar.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Dogs can eat granola bars made with oats and honey, provided they are fed as a treat in small amounts. Some commercial brands can also have added sugar, which is harmful to dogs.

  • It is best to give dogs oats cooked in water since milk can upset your dog’s stomach.

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.