Granola is a type of breakfast and snack food that consists of rolled oats, honey or other sweeteners like brown sugar, nuts, seeds and sometimes puffed rice. It is usually mixed with dried fruits and other “healthy” ingredients for flavor and texture. The answer to can dogs have granola really depends on what kind you are buying and whether it contains any ingredients that are harmful to dogs in high amounts. Some common examples of these include; sugar, raisins, chocolate and xylitol.
The best option is to make your own granola at home. This way you can ensure that there is no added sugar or any other unhealthy ingredients that are harmful to dogs. You will also be able to control the amount of nuts and other healthy ingredients that you add to the granola.
Another thing to consider is the sodium content of the granola you are considering buying. Many human foods contain a lot of sodium and this can be harmful to dogs in large quantities. This is because they are much smaller than humans and need less sodium in their diets.
If you are buying granola in store it is always a good idea to check the ingredients list for harmful or toxic items. It is best to stick to granola that is plain in flavor and is free from ingredients like chocolate, raisins and xylitol. These can be deadly for dogs in large quantities. Also, make sure that the granola does not have too much sugar as this can lead to obesity and dental problems in dogs.