Some people consider grains bad for dogs. But not all grains are bad. In fact, there are so many health benefits related to oatmeal that we feel it should not be left out of a dog's diet. Most dogs are not allergic to Oatmeal and we include this beneficial grain in our original Mutt Love recipes.
Before you say "No" to Oats, read what a vet has to say:
"Adding oats to a pet's diet is a simple way to impart many nutritional benefits. Besides nutritional benefits, many other benefits, from nervine to disease treatment, can be realized, too. First, let's take a closer look at some of the many health benefits associated with oats when they are simply added to a pet's diet.
Nutritive - Simply put, oats are nutritious, being naturally high in "good" nutrients and low in "bad" ones.
Oats are high in:
Protein (interestingly, wild oats contain from 27-37% protein while cultivated varieties average about 17%). According to the World Health Organization, oat protein is equivalent in quality to soy protein. So, equal to meat, milk and egg protein.
Soluble fiber (the fiber that helps keep cholesterol levels low)
Levels of iron, manganese, zinc, and B vitamins (pantothenic acid, B5, and folate, B9)
Oats are low in:
Gluten (some is present, but not nearly as much as in wheat)
Genetically Modified Organisms (so far, oats are not grown using GMO)
Nervine - Oats are considered a nervine, an herbal compound that acts as a general nerve tonic, calming the nerves when necessary, stimulating their activity when needed. Oats are used for treating a variety of nervous disorders.
Herbal - Oats benefit several body organs and systems, including: skin, nervous system, stomach, spleen, lungs, and the urinary and reproductive systems. Herbal qualities of oats include:
Antitumor - Oats contains the antitumor compound b-sitosterol.
Digestive - Acting as a digestive aid to calm the intestinal tract.
Hormonal - Used to achieve hormonal balance. Also used as a uterine tonic.
Oats are also cholesterol lowering and reportedly good for treating a wide variety of diseases in humans and animals, including: inflammatory conditions, mental or physical exhaustion, depression, dyspepsia, insomnia, fevers, sexual dysfunctions and as a tonic during menopause or after parturition.
Oats can also be beneficial when applied externally (topically). Remember that an animal's skin is its largest organ, and there is an active absorption of many substances, thus adding whole-body benefits from external applications of oats. These unique health benefits can include:
Anti-inflammatory and Calming - soothes itchiness and eczema, thus helping calm the animal while he heals.
Healing - High levels of minerals and vitamins in the seeds may help with skin healing."
Randy Kidd, DVM, PHD