Cereal is one of the most popular breakfast foods in the United States. It’s quick and easy, making it a good choice for busy parents, even if they don’t want to admit. It’s also delicious, whether you eat your cereal with milk or not! But what about our dogs? Can dogs eat cereal? And if so, are we allowed to share those scrumptious flakes of corn with our furry best friends?
Can dogs eat cereal?
Yes, but only in moderation. You should avoid feeding your dog sugary cereals (especially those that are made with white rice flour) which may cause digestive problems and obesity. It’s best to stick with whole grain versions of your favorite human cereals, like Cheerios or Kellogg’s Raisin Bran Crunch. If you’re unsure what kind of ingredients are in the food you want to give your pet, check out our guide on deciphering labels!
Grains are not good for dogs
Grains are not a natural part of your dog’s diet. In fact, they’re the main reason why so many dogs suffer from allergies, gastrointestinal conditions and obesity.
They can also lead to food sensitivities and even chronic skin problems (just like humans).
The carbohydrates in grains are not easily digested by dogs, which can cause gas and bloating—a common problem for many dogs who eat cereal on a regular basis.
The Dangers of Cereal for Dogs
Cereal is not a healthy food choice for dogs, so it’s best to avoid giving your dog cereal except in a rare emergency.
Here are some of the dangers associated with feeding dogs cereal:
- A lot of human foods are too high in sugar, which can lead to diabetes or obesity in your dog. Cereal falls into this category.
- Dry cereals have very little nutritional value compared to other types of foods, so they’re not good choices for dogs who need supplemental nutrition during medical treatment or recovery from surgery or illness.
- Dogs that eat too much dry cereal can develop tooth decay because most dry cereals contain sugar and starch (carbohydrates). These carbohydrates leave behind an acidic residue on teeth that promotes bacteria growth and contributes to tooth decay over time if left untreated.
The bottom line is that cereal should not be part of a dog’s diet. If you do want to give your dog some treats, there are plenty of healthier options out there. Cornflakes and other cereals with high sugar content put your dog at risk for diabetes, obesity, and other health problems.