Yorkies cannot eat oatmeal raisin cookies as not only are they very unhealthy due to the high fat and sugar content raisins are also toxic to dogs and cause severe health issues if ingested.
In this article we will be covering whether or not you can feed your Yorkie oatmeal raisin cookies, how many cookies you should be feeding your Yorkie, the pros and cons of these treats and some healthier alternatives.
Table of Contents
- Can my Yorkie eat oatmeal raisin cookies?
- Can dogs eat cookies?
- How many cookies can my Yorkie eat?
- How do I make cookies for dogs?
- What foods are toxic to Yorkies?
- Can dogs eat oatmeal?
- What happens if my dog eats a cookie?
- Why are cookies bad for dogs?
- Why do Yorkies love cookies?
- Can Yorkie puppies eat cookies?
- Are dog biscuits or cookies better for my Yorkie?
No, under no circumstances should you give your Yorkie, or any other dog for that matter, an oatmeal raisin cookie.
There are several reasons why you should not be giving your dog an oatmeal raisin cookie, but the most important one is that raisins are toxic to dogs. This can cause serious health issues and should be treated by a vet if needed.
The oatmeal part of the cookie is fine for your dog to eat, but still not entirely healthy. There are many better, healthier alternatives out there.
In terms of cookies that are prepared for human consumption, no, your Yorkie cannot eat these, or at least should not. Cookies for humans contain a lot of fat (in the form of butter or oil) and sugar.
A lot of the time human cookies also contains ingredients that are harmful to dogs such as raisins or chocolate and so pose an additional health threat.
However, there are many different types of dog cookies available on the market that are made using vegetables and contain a lot less fat and sugar. These are perfectly fine for your dog to eat when given in the right portion.
Yorkies are small dogs and so it is worth bearing in mind that they should not be given the same amount of treats as larger dogs, no matter how hard they beg.
When it comes to cookies for human consumption your Yorkie should not be eating any cookies.
However, when it comes to dog cookies your Yorkie should only be given them sparingly as they are high in calories. Aim for a maximum of 2 small pieces of cookie per day.
Remember that the higher the number of calories in the dog cookie the less your Yorkie should get and their total daily calories should not include 200.
If you do not want to purchase cookies for your dog, or you want to ensure that they are safe and to your dog’s liking then you can choose to make your own cookies at home.
You can include any ingredients that your dog likes but remember not to include foods that are toxic to dogs such as raisins.
You will simply need to make a type of puree (for example, using sweet potato) and then combine it with egg, flour and any other ingredients, form into shapes and bake until ready.
What foods are toxic to Yorkies?
There are a number of different foods that you should never give your dog under any circumstances as they are toxic and will cause health problems and possibly even death if eaten in excess and not treated.
If your dog consumes any toxic ingredients keep a close eye on them and take them to the vet for treatment if necessary.
Below is a non-exhaustive list of foods that are toxic to dogs (including Yorkies):
Chocolate, raisins, avocado, artificial sweeteners, macadamia nuts, alcohol, grapes.
Can dogs eat oatmeal?
Yes, dogs can eat oatmeal and it is a good way to give them the carbohydrates that they need.
However, you should remember that oatmeal is very high in calories per portion and you should not give your Yorkie any more than 1 tablespoon of oatmeal for every 20 pounds that they weigh.
Remember that your choice to cook the oatmeal with either milk or water will also affect the total number of calories.
If your dog eats a cookie that was intended for a person then the first thing to do is to check whether or not the cookie contained any toxic ingredients. Check the box or ask someone if you are unsure.
If the cookie did contain toxic ingredients you should get in touch with your local vet in order to ask their advice. The less of the toxic ingredient your dog consumed the better.
If the cookie did not contain any toxic ingredients then there is no need to get in touch with the vet’s office. You should just keep an eye on your dog to make sure that they are not having any stomach issues.
Human cookies are bad for dogs because they are very unhealthy and offer your dog almost no nutritional benefit. The high amount of fat and sugar are only detrimental to your dog’s health.
If the cookie was safe to eat (i.e. it contained no toxic ingredients) then it is not the end of the world if your dog ate a piece but eating a lot can lead to stomach problems and other health issues as well as weight gain.
Just like people, Yorkies love a treat and this includes cookies. They have a very keen sense of smell and are also aware of what you like to eat as a treat and so will get jealous if they are not rewarded too.
If the cookie is made for dogs then it is perfectly okay to give your Yorkie puppy a small piece of the cookie. However, do not give them too much as their calorie intact will not allow for it.
Dog biscuits will always be a better treat for your dog than a cookie as your dog’s needs have been taken into consideration concerning the ingredients and nutritional value.