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Yes, you can feed grits to your dog in limited quantities. Grits are made of corn and can be an excellent treat for your dog. However, overfeeding them can lead to health problems and weight gain as they are high in carbs.

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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 moderation
Nutritional Value B-complex vitamins, arginine, folate, iron
Potential Risks obesity, diarrhea
Every dog is different. For specific feeding guidelines, including quantities and beneficial foods that are best for your dog, please consult your vet.

Common Ingredients for Grits

  • Butter – Butter is typically not healthy for dogs. It can cause various health problems, such as obesity and pancreatitis.
  • Milk – A few tablespoons of goat or cow milk is safe for consumption when it comes to dogs.
  • Corn – Grits contain corn which is high in carbs.

Are Grits Good for Dogs?

Grits have various benefits for your dog. Some of them are listed below:

  • Grits contain antioxidants such as zeaxanthin and lutein that improve your dog’s eyesight and overall eye health.
  • Grits are also packed with iron, which can help improve your dog’s circulatory system. However, too much iron can lead to blood sugar spikes. So, avoid overfeeding them.

How Many Grits Are Good for Dogs?

Corn has a lot of carbs, which gives your dog the energy to go around and perform dog things. However, it would be best to feed grits to your dog in moderation to avoid giving them too many carbohydrates. Grits are generally not the ideal option for your dog if it’s overweight or has been told to drop a few pounds.

Can Dogs Eat Eggs and Grits?

Eggs are packed with essential amino acids and protein that your dog requires. So, on rare occasions, a diet with more eggs and fewer grits is a safe treat for your dog.

Can Dogs Eat Fried Grits?

It would be wise not to feed your dog any type of fried food item. Fried meals contribute to cardiovascular disease and weight gain in dogs. So, keep an eye on your dog if it has had fried grits. Of course, friend grits are not dangerous. However, they are already filled with carbs, and frying them adds more carbs on carbs, which can lead to weight gain issues in your dog.


  • Yes, they can. However, oatmeal is much more beneficial for your dog than grits. So, your dog’s meal should contain more oatmeal and fewer grits.

  • No, it would be best only to feed grits to your dog on rare occasions, as they are very high in carbs.

  • No, grits are safe-to-eat for dogs. However, it would be wise only to feed them in moderation.

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.