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Well, the answer to this simple question is quite descriptive. But if one wants to learn the solution in a few words, then we have to say that- it depends. Unlike humans, dogs have a different digestive system that functions separately.
Although most cereals are considered to be safe for dogs, the main concern lies in the amount that is being consumed by your fur friend. A small amount is usually rendered to be okay, but then one has to refer to the ingredients. Hence we can see that there are a lot of factors that one has to take into account before labeling a cereal safe for a dog.
In this article, we will vividly discuss the cereals that dogs can eat. Many may often use the Internet as their resort to learn about the diet that their paw friend must follow, so keep on reading to be well acquainted about the cereals that your dog can have.
Can dogs Eat Cereal? Is It Safe?
The answer to this question is yes. Dogs can eat Cereal, but one has to be a bit picky when choosing a Cereal for their dog. Like humans, dogs cannot digest all kinds of Cereals. Several types of cereals are comparatively less healthy than others, especially for dogs.
It is because certain ingredients contained in these cereals are somehow dangerous or toxic. Hence it is advisable to include cereals in the diet of your dog occasionally and always take the opinion of your vet before including cereals.
Cereals usually do not have nutritional benefits for dogs, mainly because they contain:
- A considerable amount of sugar: Extra sugar in their diet is not well appreciated by the digestive system of the dogs. Cereals are rendered notorious for dogs’ health due to their high sugar content. I will not say that dogs do not require sugar at all, but the daily sugar requirement is met from the dog food that they feed on like greens cover sweet potatoes, and other vegetables. Overeating sugar also causes health hazards like diabetes, obesity, dental issues, hyperactivity, vomiting and diarrhea, and pancreatitis. Dogs have comparatively a lower tolerance for sugar than humans; hence sugar must be fed to your dog at proper discretion.
- Milk is the additive with which a serial is mostly always served. But this ingredient is not always recommended for dogs. While milk may not be toxic to dogs but most of them are unfit to digest it; hence milk causes an upset stomach.
- Raisins are toxic to dogs.
- Chocolate, present in a vast quantity of cereal, can be fatal.
- Xylitol, a sugar substitute, cannot be processed by dogs.
- Nuts are another hazard.
List of Cereals your dog can eat:
You must have often given a good amount of thought to choose a cereal that is suitable for your dog. Read this to put an end to your worries and queries. The cereals that are not only safe but also a delicious treat for them –
- Plain Cheerios
- Bran Flakes
- Rice Krispies
- Dry shredded wheat
- Oatmeal made with water
List of cereals to avoid:
If you are on the lookout for the cereals that your dog must avoid, do refrain from giving your dog these undermentioned cereals
- Cocoa Puffs
- Fruit Loops
- Lucky Charms
- Raisin Bran
- Reese’s Puffs
- Fruity Pebbles
You must also wholly avoid adding cereals containing chocolate, artificial sweeteners, raisin, etc. to the diet of your dog.
Can dogs eat Cereal with milk?
As discussed, cereals served with milk to dogs are not appreciated. While milk may not be highly harmful to your dog but it is not recommended. We understand that almost everyone serves their cereals with milk, but the dogs do not necessarily need it as a part of their balanced diet once they stop drinking their mother’s milk.
Once dogs are weaned from their mother’s milk, they usually do not necessarily require milk anymore. While milk may not be toxic to dogs but most of them are incapable of digesting it because lactose intolerance is widespread in dogs.
Hence your dogs can suffer from upset stomach, vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach aches if they intake a notable amount of milk. If your dog is not intolerant to lactose, an occasional treat of milk or yogurt can be fed to it, but make sure to keep the amount sparingly low as milk contains high amounts of sugar and fat.
Can dogs eat Cheerios cereal?
As someone who owns a dog, you must have often thought about the pros and cons of feeding your dog Cheerios cereal? Yes, dogs can eat Cheerios cereal because they are incredibly safe. However, one must remember that Cheerios cereal does not provide any nutritional value to your dog. They are just empty calories. Thereby you must use them as a rare delicacy and not as a meal replacement.
Can dogs eat rice Krispies Cereal?
Although rice-based cereals are safe for dogs to consume, they are not a suitable meal replacement. But, if you want, you can share a small amount of Rice Krispies with your dog at times. Hence, to conclude, serving Rice Krispies cereal to your dog is safe.
Can dogs eat Special K cereal?
Yes, dogs can eat Special K cereal without any hesitation. But, do be extra cautious when the variety you have in your home is flavored. Give the ingredient list a thorough read before feeding it to your dog.
Can dogs eat apple jacks cereal?
A large amount of sugar present in this Cereal makes it a mandatory exclusion from the list of cereals that can be fed to your dog. It’s not advisable to give Apple Jacks cereal to your dog.
Can dogs eat Pops Cereal?
Plain air-popped pops cereal are safe for dogs only to be eaten in small quantities. Other kinds of pops cereal are not safe for them to consume.
To conclude, we have to say that the cereals that we have labeled safe for consumption in this article can be easily consumed by your dog occasionally in small amounts. Some even prefer giving the fog baby oatmeal cereal. It is a healthy habit as oatmeal cereal is always safer as they have a sufficient amount of fiber required by dogs. But remember that Cereal must always be a delicacy and never a proper meal replacement for your lovable paw friend.
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