Can Dogs Eat Honey Nut Cheerios? They are a tasty snack!

The short answer? Yes. But it’s not quite that simple.

Maybe you’ve been sitting at your kitchen table, reading the newspaper, drinking your coffee and having breakfast.

Your four-legged buddy is at your feet, looking up at you expectantly, just waiting for you to bestow upon them the only thing they really want, the thing that drives them, the thing that would make their day...


You look in front of you, and see the box of Honey Nut Cheerios that you’ve been enjoying. You want to give your buddy a treat.

But you pause.

Can dogs eat Honey Nut Cheerios? Is it going to mess with your pup’s digestion or make them sick?

Well, the answer is yes, your dog can eat Honey Nut Cheerios. There are, however, a few caveats that need to be considered when feeding them to your dog though.

Can Dogs Eat Honey Nut Cheerios?

Can Dogs Eat Cheerios as Treats?

It’s important to remember that plain Cheerios are the safest option to give your four-legged pal.

While the different flavors of Cheerios may seem like more of a treat, feeding them the original variety is the best, mainly because they contain the least amount of sugar and non-toxic ingredients.

But the Honey Nut variety is also safe.

It contains no chocolate - a good thing to avoid for obvious reasons in canines - nor does it have any traces of lactose, something to which dogs can be intolerant, leading to allergy issues, diarrhea, and vomiting.

I think we’d all agree those are things we’d like to avoid!

For these reasons, it’s also good to always feed them their Cheerios snacks dry.

Feed your pup dry Cheerios as snacks

You may have heard that Cheerios are heart healthy and contain benefits to the cardiovascular system.

This is 100% true...for humans.

Actually, for meeting a dog’s basic nutritional needs, they’re essentially worthless.

If you fed your dog nothing but Honey Nut Cheerios for any extended period of time, your furry friend would end up malnutritioned and skinny, which is why Cheerios are best consumed as snacks or treats.

Our pups need proteins to grow and be healthy and Cheerios have almost none.

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Now, this isn’t to say that the high fiber content and honey can’t be helpful in improving your pup’s immunity, or in weight management for obese dogs.

Cheerios are very good for that, as well as helping dogs that are dealing with digestive issues.

But, they should always be fed in moderation, as the sweet honey can lead to dental problems.

Finally, when letting your dog snack on Honey Nut Cheerios, always be on the lookout for a wheat allergy, which can manifest itself in myriad ways...

Box of Honey Nut Cheerios
  • Rashes or Redness in the skin
  • Vomiting
  • Front paw licking
  • Diarrhea
  • Sneezing
  • Flatulence
  • Inflammation of the ears
  • Asthma-like symptoms

Of course, if you notice any of these symptoms, consider making an appointment with your vet.

So if you and your family enjoy Honey Nut Cheerios, and your fur baby is looking like they want some, feel free to go ahead and share.

Happy snacking!

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