About rolled oats

Rolled oats are better known to most of us as porridge. The breakfast cereal of choice for countless millions of people across the world. A lightly processed, slow-release, wholegrain food which has sustained man and beast for thousands of years. Traditionally made from dehusked and steamed oat groats which are rolled into flakes before being lightly toasted. Yes, oats are great for people. But what about oats for dogs?

Nutrients in rolled oats

Rolled oats are a good source of vitamins E, K, B6 and B9 (also known as folate, naturally occurring folic acid). They are also a good source of soluble fibre, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and zinc.

Benefits of rolled oats for dogs

Low in gluten, rolled oats make an excellent wheat substitute for dogs who suffer with allergies. They are also good for a dog’s skin and coat. And, because of their richness in fibre, they naturally help to keep a dog regular.

Rolled oats can improve a dog’s digestion and can lower any problematic cholesterol level. They can be used topically to heal sores and wounds and even used to make a healthy and natural shampoo. There’s a lot more to rolled oats than you might have thought. That’s why I consider them an absolute essential in any dog’s homemade dog food pantry.

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How to serve

Simply cook your dog’s oats, with water (no milk, salt or sugar). Allow to cool and serve. Or you can simply pour uncooked rolled oats straight from the bag or packet onto your dog’s food. Mix it in and it’s ready to go!

You could serve your dog’s oats on their own, with their food, or, for an extra special treat, with a dollop of natural yogurt. But don’t give your dog rolled oats which have been sweetened or unneccessarily over-processed. Plain old fashioned rolled oats are best.

Oats for dogs are just one of many, many foodstuffs you may not associate with feeding your dog. You’ll find many more in my canine nutritionist blog.

Rolled oats in homemade dog treats

Rolled oats are definitely worth adding to your dog’s diet. One way is to reward your best friend with a homemade dog treat mix which has rolled oats as an ingredient.

The dog biscuit baking mix from The Dog Chef includes rolled oats, mint and oat flour, all of which are beneficial to the health of your best friend.

And the best bit is that, being made with 100% natural and human ingredients and without any additives or preservatives of any kind, you can eat them too!

Gerald Pepin

Gerald Pepin

Canine Nutritionist

Gerald Pepin is a qualified canine nutritionist, writer, speaker and homemade dog food advocate. Gerald believes that good nutrition can improve or cure most canine health problems and that the natural way is always the best way when it comes to healing man's best friend. A life-long lover of German Shepherds, Gerald and his wife The Dog Chef have two GSDs and live in rural Somerset.


  1. Eleanor CHIVELL

    Just a quick question wrt to oats :-
    Is it ok to give my currently hypoglycemic Border Collie cooked oats?
    She has recently been put on Diabetic food (slow release glucose), and is due to have an operation to remove an Insulinoma on her pancreas. She loves oats … so I thought it could make the kibble a bit more interesting. She is ravenous all the time, having been put on prednisone since her diagnosis.

  2. Linda Graham

    How much is safe to give a bichon and can he have it daily?

  3. Daniel Campbell-Baker

    Hi, can I feed my Doberman (3yr old male, neutered), with a sensitive stomach, chicken? What’s are the best meat varieties for him?


    • Gerald Pepin, The Canine Nutritionist

      Hi Daniel,
      Many thanks for your comment.
      The best thing to do is to get to the bottom of why your dog has a sensitive stomach. The chances are that your boy has a number of underlying digestive problems that can be fixed by a nutritionist that can’t be fixed by vets. These problems have been created by a food intolerance, but your dog does not need to go through life on a protein limited diet.
      I could help with this in one of two ways:
      A simple consultation  https://www.caninenutritionist.co.uk/dog-health-shop/consultations/pet-nutritionist-consultation/ whereby I ask you to complete a detailed questionnaire and I then tell you how to fix the problem on a self-managed basis.
      A full consultation https://www.caninenutritionist.co.uk/dog-health-shop/consultations/dog-nutritionist-advice/ whereby the questionnaire is followed by an initial telephone chat and 2 months of email support while we work through the problem together.
      It really is best to fix such problems while your dog is young because they can lead to all manner of problems later in life. Please don’t take your boy to the vets with this problem. Medication will only make matters worse.
      I hope that helps.
      Kind Regards


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