Most of the time we humans have been tempted to feed our dogs with off the table foods.
You’ve probably started most of your days with those delicious, tummy filling Cheerios especially. Maybe one or two times.
You may have tempted to share some honey nut Cheerios with your dog. Some Cheerios are safe for your dogs to eat but some aren’t. In this article I’m going to clarify on your apprehension on this issue.
The essence will be to discuss the category in to which the honey nut Cheerios fall in to.
Is it the safe or unsafe food?
Read more to find out!
Honey Nut Cheerios or Not?
In case you’re wondering if the Honey nut Cheerios are best for doggy, the answer is yes.
Actually, this is the finest flavour of Cheerios for your canine buddy.
Different types of seasonings have diverse effects on the doggy’s health.
In that case, it’s advisable to feed it with the plainest category; having minimum supplements.
However, apart from the honey nut Cheerios there are other safe flavours:
• Banana nut Cheerios
• Apple Cinnamon Cheerios
All in all, you should ensure they are consumed in regulated amounts.
For the Apple Cinnamon specifically, make sure that the are no seeds as well as the amount of Cinnamon is in moderation.
That aside, there are a few flavours that are a ‘NO GO ZONE’ if you care about your doggy’s life:
•Chocolate Cheerios- this one is a definite death sentence
•Whole grain Cheerios- you shouldn’t even think about them
Nutritional Benefits of Honey Nut Cheerios
Well, if your basic aim is to meet nutritional needs, there is no apparent reason for incorporating Cheerios in your dog’s meal in the first place.
I know you might have heard that Cheerios have health benefits to the cardiovascular system from the American Heart Association. (source)
What you should know is that they refer to the human beings and not the canine family.
Cheerios are best consumed as snacks not as the primary dish.
All in all, they have other benefits to the dog.
Considering the low fat and calories levels, the Cheerios may be of benefit to dogs dealing with diabetes and heart diseases.
On the other hand, the high fibres and honey can be helpful in weight management of obese dogs.
Apart from weight management, the honey can improve your pooch’s immunity.
Cheerios are also a good treat to dogs dealing with digestive related problems.
The fibre content has additional benefits of preventing constipation and diarrhoea. This is because the soluble fibre in it will help keep the stool mushy while the insoluble fibre will work towards adding bulk to the water like stool.
Lastly, the Cheerios are popular incentives among owners who are teaching heir pups how to feed and sit.
However, the Cheerios should be fed in moderation because the sugar content in honey can lead to dental problems as well as excess weight.
The benefits outshine the drawbacks after all.
Precautions to take
When feeding Honey Nut Cheerios to your Doggy, there are a few safety measures to keep in mind:
1.Although the flavoured Cheerios are the treat, plain ones are always the safest option.
This is because they contain low sugar and non-toxic ingredients.
Chocolate flavours especially are a no, no. Too much sugar will result to obesity.
2.Cereals that contain dairy products should also be kept off the table.
Dogs can be intolerant to lactose leading to vomiting, diarrhoea as well as other health issues like allergy. (source)
Let it feed on the Cheerios dry. No cow’s milk or almond milk please.
3.It can be quite tempting to ditch the dog’s meal for Cheerios by virtue of how excited she becomes at the sight of Cheerio-meal.
You should know that the decision on what to feed it relies on you.
Cheerios have no nutritional benefits therefore she can be at a higher risk of malnutrition if this becomes its basic meal.
4.The Honey Nut Cheerios may be the most recommended for your canine but you should watch out for the nut flavours available.
Due to the high level of fats in almonds, they could cause a flair-up in pancreatitis in canine (sources).
Signs of wheat Allergy
In case your dog is on any wheat meal, you should always look out for the following signs that may indicate presence of allergic reactions (source):
• Inflammation in the ears
• Rashes and redness of the skin
• Excessive scratching and licking
• Shaking of head
• Front paw licking
• Asthma-like symptoms
• Changes in behaviours
• Face rubbing on carpet
Where these symptoms are visible, always consider visiting your vet doctor immediately.
As discussed in detail above, Cheerios are not harmful to your doggy’s health unless we are talking about the ‘Forbidden’ Chocolate Cheerios.
All in all, you should understand these wheat meals are not the ideal dog foods.
They are best used as reward incentives if the canine does well in training especially.
More to that, the Cheerios are best fed once per week not on a daily basis because they really can be addictive.
Have you fed your pooch with Cheerios before? Please let us know in the comment box below.