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Yes, it is safe for dogs to eat cheerios in moderation. However, they don’t have any positive nutritional health benefits for dogs. They should be given as rewards sparingly, but giving your dog healthier alternatives like cooked, plain meats and veggies is a better option.

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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 to eat in moderation
Nutritional Value  Traces of vitamins
Potential Risks weight gain, diarrhea, vomiting, and chocolate poisoning
Every dog is different. For specific feeding guidelines, including quantities and beneficial foods that are best for your dog, please consult your vet.

How Many Cheerios are Safe for Dogs?

At the end of the day, feeding your dog a few Cheerios won’t affect them unless they’re given in excess. Treats such as Cheerios should be kept at around 10% of their daily diet to avoid weight gain. Therefore, if your dog loves the taste of Cheerios, it’s better to limit their consumption to occasional servings.

Furthermore, ensure that you avoid feeding them flavored Cheerios such as pumpkin spice, peanut butter, and chocolate Cheerios, as this can be toxic for them.

What Happens if Your Dog Eats Too Many Cheerios?

The worst thing that can happen if your dog eats too many plain Cheerios is that it will suffer from gas and stomach discomfort for a while. However, if your dog eats chocolate or any other type of flavored Cheerios, expect symptoms including agitation, vomiting, diarrhea, increased heart rate, and a host of other severe health problems.

How to Feed Cheerios to Dogs

The best way to feed your dog Cheerios is to mix a handful of hoops with its regular food without any milk or sugar. Furthermore, you can also give them Cheerios as an occasional treat.

Common Cheerios Ingredients

  • Whole Grain Oats-Oats is a nutrient-filled staple that is safe for dogs.
  • Salt-Cheerios only contains trace amounts of salt. Hence, a handful of Cheerios won’t harm your dog.
  • Corn Starch- Corn starch is made from corn and is typically safe for dogs.
  • Preservatives and flavoring- Preservatives are typically safe for dogs. However, artificial flavorings such as chocolate, pumpkin spice, and peanut butter should be avoided for dogs.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Yes, it’s perfectly fine to feed your dog plain Cheerios. This cereal contains no added flavoring and is generally safe for dogs.

  • Yes, Cheerios cereal is safe for dogs in moderation. However, avoid chocolate-flavored cheerios, as this can lead to chocolate poisoning in dogs.

  • Yes, Cheerios with milk are safe for dogs. However, if your canine companion is lactose intolerant, ditch the milk.

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.