While we think of dogs as being primarily carnivorous, the truth is that they actually do tend to eat a fair number of carbs and grains.
When you look at the back of your dog food packaging, you’ll find that it actually likely contains a decent amount of grain. This is used to bulk up your dog food and will also help to provide them with more energy.
The problem with grains and wheats is that they can be high in gluten, they can increase the number of calories, and they can even bring a risk of diabetes and other issues with them.
Oatmeal presents a safe alternative on the whole. For one, pure oatmeal does not contain gluten. This means it won’t run the risk of causing digestion issues that can prevent your dog from being able to properly absorb the nutrients in their dinner otherwise.
At the same time, oatmeal is what we refer to as a complex carbohydrate. This is also why humans like it a lot!
As a complex carbohydrate, oatmeal releases its sugar more slowly than a simple carb. That means it takes longer for it to affect your dog, and it means that the energy supply is steadier and longer than it otherwise would be.
This in turn means that you don’t get the sudden spike in blood glucose that you get by eating bread for instance. That means that you don’t get the following spike in insulin, which the body releases in order to try and absorb the increased sugar.
This is important because repeatedly spiking insulin can eventually cause the body to adapt and thus become insulin resistant. And as many people will already realise, insulin resistance is what causes diabetes.
Not only that, but the slower supply of energy keeps your dog feeling fuller and helps to keep them energized throughout the day. This is all good news!
Omega 3 Fatty Acid
That’s not even the best part, though. The best part about oatmeal is that it contains omega 3 fatty acid. This is the fatty acid that is found in oily fish that has been shown in many studies to help combat inflammation. That means in turn that it can reduce the inflammation associated with arthritis which can otherwise lead to discomfort and difficulty moving. On top of that, it can also help to reduce inflammation in the brain, which in turn boosts cognitive performance and prevents conditions like Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Dogs don’t need quite as much omega 3 as humans do. But still, it can be a great addition