Can Puppies Eat Cheerios

Cheerios is no doubt one of the most popular training treats or convenient snacks for dogs. While Cheerios may look like a healthy snack, is it safe for doggy consumption? I’ve heard many pet owners use Cheerios as a doggy treat which got me wondering, “Can I give my dog Cheerios?” or “Can I give my dog Honey Nut Cheerios?” Here’s the short answer first before we dive deep into this question.

Can dogs eat Cheerios? Yes, dogs can eat Cheerios in moderation as it is not toxic to them. However, Cheerios doesn’t provide much nutritional benefit to dogs and is considered an empty-calorie food. It’s best to use Cheerios as an occasional rare treat.

Cheerios are low in sugar, and dogs will like their taste and crunch. They won’t harm your dog, but they don’t provide much benefit either. Cheerios are made from mostly whole-grain oats, which provide no essential component of your pet’s diet.

Which varieties of Cheerios can I feed my dog?

If you buy other generics of Cheerios and want to feed them to your dog, you should check the ingredients first.

Did you know Honey Nut Cheerios is the number one breakfast cereal in the USA? But can dogs eat Honey Nut Cheerios or is it bad for them?

Honey is considered safe for dogs, so long as it is fed in small quantities.

But what about the nuts in Honey Nut Cheerios? Aren’t nuts harmful to dogs?

Yes, some nuts can be toxic to dogs, but the good news is that there are no nuts in Honey Nut Cheerios!

They used to contain almonds, but since 2006 they have been replaced with a natural almond flavor that doesn’t contain any almonds.

The honey nut flavor is perfectly safe for your dog so long as it is fed in moderation.

So, can dogs eat Multigrain Cheerios as well?

There is much debate about whether grain is good for dogs or not, with many commercial dog food brands now offering grain-free products.

However, although Multigrain Cheerios are healthier than many of the flavoured varieties, they do have quite a high sugar content so are not the best option for your pooch.

Always check the ingredients of flavoured Cheerios. The majority contain high levels of sugar, artificial sweeteners, and additives which are harmful to dogs, so are best avoided.

Chocolate flavoured Cheerios, or any cereal for that matter that contains chocolate or caffeine, must be completely ruled out as they are incredibly toxic to dogs.

Caffeine and chocolate contain substances known as methylxanthines which, if ingested by dogs can cause vomiting and diarrhea, excessive thirst and urination, panting, seizures, hyperactivity, and possibly death.

If you know or think that your dog has ingested any food with chocolate or displays any of the above symptoms, contact your vet immediately.

For humans, Cheerios offer numerous health benefits, but this is not the case for canines and, with any cereal, only offers empty calories to a dog.

However, there are some advantages to giving Cheerios as dog treats to your pet.

How do I feed my dog Cheerios?

The best way to feed your dog Cheerios is one at a time during training sessions. Another great way is to use them as an ingredient in these popular Peanut Butter Cheerio Dog Treats we got from Paws Give Me Purpose. We made a batch of these, and our dogs loved them.

Lactose Intolerance

An additional problem can occur if you include milk with the cereal or if your dog eats your cereal quickly while you answer the phone. Many dogs are lactose intolerant, and even a small amount of milk can cause terrible bouts of diarrhea and discomfort.

We only recommend feeding dry Cheerios to your pet to minimize the risks associated with lactose intolerance.


What kind of Cheerios can I give my dog?

There are a few cereals that are not only safe for dogs, but can be a delicious treat for them. These include plain Cheerios, Bran Flakes, and Rice Krispies. Some dog parents even use Cheerios as a training treat since they are small and easy for dogs to eat during a training session.

Can puppies eat Honey Nut Cheerios?

It’s best to feed your dog plain Cheerios without the milk as an affordable treat that most dogs enjoy. It’s a helpful tool for training, and it doesn’t contain any harmful ingredients. Honey Nut Cheerios and Multigrain Cheerios are also good if you want to add variety.