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.
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!