Cheerios is easily one of the tastiest breakfast cereals available in the market, not the multigrain one, of course, that is just yucky, even your pooch will agree. As a breakfast cereal aficionado, I deem the Chocolate Cheerios the supreme, however, Honey Nut Cheerios are very close, and if you happen to be one of those people who doesn’t like the taste of chocolate, these are your best bet. Furthermore, chocolate is poisonous to dogs, so the question has to be asked, can dogs eat Honey Nut Cheerios? I mean, Fluffy is eying my bowl of cereal right now and I know he wants it. To save you the trouble and fear of not knowing, YES, dogs can ingest this yummy cereal.
History of Cheerios
We know that dogs can eat this tasty cereal, but let’s look into how this product came to be, specifically, the Honey Nut Cheerios. It all started during the Civil War, it’s surprising how many things came into existence during the era of war. Anyway, at the time, Americans were suffering from indigestion, due to excessive amounts of proteins and fats in their diet without consuming any fiber. Doctors decided that the American populace needs to be taught better eating habits, and established sanitariums, which were institutions that emphasized a better diet and an active lifestyle. Today I Found
Jackson Sanitarium was established by Dr. James Caleb Jackson in the city of New York, and he created the first-ever cereal, by combining water with whole wheat graham flour, though it needed to be soaked overnight in milk, it quickly became popular, he named it Granula, that had a decent amount of fiber in it. However, it did not become mass-produced until 1896, when two brothers John Kellogg and his brother Will came up with a recipe that was shelf-stable and called their product Granose Flakes. Following that, many cereal companies emerged and started producing all sorts of cereals made of corn, rice, and wheat, but none had produced anything using oats. Finally, in the year 1941, CheeriOats was introduced by General Mills, and the company named it such because they wanted it to be distinguished from other cereals. As it is in the business, Quaker Oats did not take it nicely and sued the company for infringement on using the word Oats in their product’s name. Therefore, in 1945, to avoid any further issues, the name was changed to Cheerios.
Interestingly enough, before the launch of the products, at least 10 different shapes and sizes were considered, but as we know they settled with a miniature donut shape. Following that they launched many flavors and variations, and in 1979, our beloved Honey Nut Cheerios, with a flavor of honey and almonds was born. Did you know, actual nuts were used in the product until 2006? However, they were discontinued due to allergens regulations.
Is it Nutritious to Dogs?
Now we know that Honey Nut Cheerios are safe for consumption by dogs, are they any good for them? The answer is simply No. You must’ve heard that this product is great for cardiovascular health, which is absolutely true, but for us humans, not for our fur children. Though they do not jeopardize the health of our fluff buddies like chocolate, it has no nutritional value for them. While the added vitamins and minerals might provide some benefits to dogs, it is so small that it can be neglected. Even if we talk about the plain Cheerios that are without any added sugar or has the least amount of it, these will only provide empty calories to your pooch, at best.
However, due to this very reason, some veterinarians recommend using plain Cheerios instead of dog treats, if your pooch happens to be overweight. Your adorable pup will find the taste to be great and think they are receiving a treat, but the calories are so few that they will not gain much weight. Plain Cheerios are great, but it should be noted that Honey Nut Cheerios contains sugar, and an excess amount might lead to itching and other skin issues. It is safe to say that, Cheerios, especially the Honey Nut ones should be used as a snack only, these should never be a part of your dog’s diet. As mentioned previously, these are nothing but empty calories, and of course, your pup requires a balanced diet with protein in order to grow big and strong. Plus, can you imagine your dog trying to open a bag of Cheerios? I need a knife to do it properly, I can only imagine how hard would it be for Fluffy with his little paws. Smart Dog Owners
Some Things to Look Out For
Though you can safely use it as a treat or snack, you must be absolutely certain that you are feeding them the right kind. If you happen to be in the market and accidentally bought a different flavor, it will not affect you much, but it can have dire effects on your pooch’s health. As there are some flavors that contain chocolate and caffeine, and if your pup happens to ingest those ones it can lead to diarrhea, excessive thirst, vomiting, and even seizures because chocolate and caffeine contain a compound known as Methylxanthine, which is harmful to dogs.
Secondly, make sure your dog isn’t allergic to wheat, as most dog owners don’t realize that their pooch is allergic to wheat, and continue feeding them wheat-based snacks and food. In this case, your dog might develop rashes on its skin, become flatulent, have its ears swollen, and will have trouble breathing. Therefore it is best to know about your dog’s allergies before feeding them anything.
Lastly, whether you plan to feed them Honey Nut Cheerios or not, just make sure you consult a vet first before incorporating anything new into your pooch’s diet. Once cleared, just indulge yourself in a hefty bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios while providing some for Fido, meanwhile Fluffy is still looking at my bowl of cereal.