Can Dogs Eat Cheerios?

Written by Wen Duan

 can dogs eat cheerios?

Yes, your dogs can eat cheerios.They should be given as an occasional treat.

Cheerios are OK as treats but not as a full meal for your pooch. Cheerios do not have additional additives or preservatives. Cheerios are a filler and have empty calories made up of whole grain oats. The American Heart Association claim that Cheerios are good for the human heart, this does not apply to dogs. 

Cheerios are an inexpensive training treats. Some vets recommend using Cheerios as substitute replacement treats for overweight dogs. They are low in calories and just enough of a treat for your dogs to do some tricks. 

Cheerios are a bland high fiber food that can potentially help when your dog has diarrhea or constipation. Cheerios are bland enough to get calories into their bodies. If your dog has diarrhea or constipation, stop feeding Cheerios to them when once your dog is eating better and the issue has subsided. Of course if your dog has wheat sensitivities, Cheerios are not an appropriate solution for diarrhea or constipation. 

Can I give my dog a bowl of cheerios with milk?

No, it is not recommended.

A lot of dogs are lactose intolerant and milk may not be a good option for them. The high amount of sugar and lactose could make your dog sick. 

What flavors of cheerios can I give my dog? 

  1.  Plain Cheerios: This is the best option to give your dog. Though it does not add nutritional value to your dog's diet, it is a cheap treat to give your dog during training. 
  2. Multigrain Cheerios: Though multigrain cheerios are advertised to be a healthier option, they actually have a higher sugar count than plain cheerios. When picking between foods, always try to pick something that has less sugar. 
  3. Honey Nut Cheerios: Though a safe flavor for you dog, it's high in sugar and a healthy choice. Nuts may be a concern with this option (nuts such as almonds are hard to digest for your dog and may follow with vomiting and diarrhea). You don't have to worry about it with this cereal.  As of 2006, Honey Nut Cheerios no longer use almonds but use natural honey nut flavor that doesn't contain almonds. This flavoring is safe for your dog in moderation. 
  4. Frosted Cheerios: Avoid giving to your dog. Food high in sugar are not good for your dog's long term health. When possible, avoid frosted treats for your dog. 
  5. Chocolate Cheerios: Do not give anything chocolate to your dog. Even small amounts can be harmful. A small amount may cause upset stomach and vomiting. 

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Wen Duan

Wen is a proud dog mom and a frequent contributor to our blog.