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No, dogs should not eat oatmeal cookies as most packaged oatmeal cookies have a high sugar content and additives that can harm their health. While an occasional plain oatmeal cookie will not significantly affect your dog’s health, we suggest not feeding it to him since they have no nutritional value.

Oatmeal Cookies
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Caution: This food is generally considered risky by the veterinary community. Dogs should not eat this food and should be monitored for adverse effects.

Food Safety Safe in small amounts, but some additives, such as chocolate and raisins, can be toxic.
Nutritional Issues High sugar content can lead to a risk of health complications. Cookies with chocolate and raisins can prove toxic to dogs.
Potential Risks Overconsumption of sugar can lead to diabetes and obesity. Raisins and chocolate can be poisonous.
Symptoms Vomiting, acting lethargic, drinking too much.
Every dog is different. For specific feeding guidelines, including quantities and beneficial foods that are best for your dog, please consult your vet.

Common Oatmeal Cookie Ingredients

  • Flour: Flour used in the cookies is fit for human consumption but provides no real nutritional value to dogs.
  • Butter: Butter is not toxic to dogs but is unhealthy for them and should be avoided in their diets.
  • Sugar or Brown Sugar: Just like humans, sugar is harmful to dogs and can make them diabetic or obese.
  • Chocolates or raisins: Most oatmeal cookies have chocolates, or raisins added. These ingredients instantly harm dogs, and any accidental consumption needs immediate medical assistance.

What Makes Oatmeal Cookies Unsafe?

While oatmeal in itself is beneficial for dogs, the cookies are made of ingredients that are unhealthy for dogs. Sugar, chocolate, and raisins are all ingredients that should not be part of a dog’s diet.

What To Do if Your Dog is Sick from Oatmeal Cookies?

You need immediate medical assistance if your dog has consumed oatmeal cookies with raisins or chocolates. Both these ingredients are toxic and can ultimately prove fatal for dogs.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Feeding plain oatmeal cookies as an occasional treat is all right. However, you must ensure the ingredients don’t contain anything that can trigger any health conditions.

  • Raisins are toxic to dogs. We suggest seeking medical assistance even if you do not immediately observe any symptoms. This will ensure there are no complications.

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.