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How to make oatmeal for dogs

Oatmeal can be a great source of nutrition for dogs with gastrointestinal issues, especially senior dogs. Making oatmeal for dogs with sensitive bellies can help if they are on a hypoallergenic diet. These peanut butter banana dog treats are made with oatmeal and they are a great option for homemade biscuits.

oatmeal for dogs in red pot

I am not a veterinarian, or a nutritionist, but with the guidance of my dog’s vet, this is what I do for her.

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Can dogs have oatmeal?

Oatmeal can be a great option for dogs with tummy issues. Sugar has always had a sensitive stomach, so when she was diagnosed with a few gastrointestinal issues.

You should not feed your dog raw oatmeal, always make sure the oatmeal is cooked.

Oatmeal should be part of their diet, not the only thing you feed them. Also, not too much, especially if you have a senior dog who isn’t very active.

It is high in carbohydrates and they will gain weight if you feed them too much of anything, but specifically high carb food.

Oatmeal recipe for dogs

If you want to learn how to cook oatmeal for dogs, let me assure you that it is one of the easiest things you’ll ever make.

Making porridge for dogs isn’t much different than making it for yourself. It’s made with water, not milk, and cooked on the stove until the oats have absorbed the liquid.

To make an oatmeal dog food recipe for your pup, you can simply add it to their normal food, or if you are going with a fully homemade diet, a website that our vet recommended to me is balanceit.com.

If your dog has developed a sensitivity to a certain food, often it’s protein specific and it’s usually chicken, you can try other proteins in its place. It can be a bit of a process trying to eliminate foods or figure out which ones are the culprits.

porridge for dogs in red pot with spoon

For us, we have the added issue of having to feed her a low fat diet. That means lean proteins in addition to the oatmeal and other vegetables. Lean ground pork works for Sugar, as does lamb and salmon, even though they aren’t necessarily low fat.

Dog treats using oatmeal

Many of my dog’s treats are made with oatmeal. They are easy on the belly and also less expensive than store bought.

My 13 year old dog Sugar

Here are a few oatmeal cookies for dogs that you can make for your fur baby:

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Yield: 1 quart

Oatmeal for Dogs

Oatmeal for Dogs

Oatmeal can be a great source of nutrition for dogs with gastrointestinal issues, especially senior dogs.

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats


  1. In a small sauce pan, bring water to a simmer.
  2. Add oatmeal and stir until combined.
  3. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer, stirring frequently.
  4. Cook for 7 - 8 minutes, until oatmeal is thickened and oats have absorbed the water.


If you want to make a looser oatmeal, reduce oats to 1 cup.

If using quick-cooking oats, you'll need to adjust the time, as they cook faster.

Store oatmeal in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Sugar weighs 12 lbs., her portion size is about 2 tbsps. Speak to your vet about portions for your specific pet. Also, please consult your vet about dietary changes for your pet, as every dog is unique and what works for mine may not work for yours.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

2 tbsps.

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 14Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g

Nutrition information calculated by a third-party company as a courtesy. It is intended as a guideline only.

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  1. Very enjoyable and helpful site. Looking forward to trying all the recipes including the ones for my soon to be 9 year old Lady Labrador Retriever “Summer-Bisquit”.

    1. Thank you, Rick! I’m so glad to have you here. Happy birthday to Summer Bisquit 🙂 I look forward to hearing from you when you try more recipes! I hope she loves them all.

    1. The recipe is written for old-fashioned oats, quick cooking oats cook faster, so you’ll just need to adjust your time.

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