A dog with an unsure expression looking at granola, indicating caution for dog consumption.

Can Dogs Eat Granola?

Granola, often seen as a health food for humans, isn't always the best choice for your dog. Plain granola without any added sugars, artificial sweeteners, or toxic ingredients like raisins or chocolate may be safe in small amounts. However, many commercial granolas contain added ingredients that can be harmful to dogs.

A photo of Stefan Stumpfl, the co-author of this article.

By Stefan Stumpfl, in collaboration with Dr. Ali Raza.

Updated on Jun 12, 2024

Did You Know?

Many commercial granolas contain raisins and chocolate, which are toxic to dogs and can lead to severe health issues like kidney failure.




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Benefits and Risks of Granola

Granola can provide some nutritional benefits such as fiber and healthy fats from ingredients like oats and nuts. However, these benefits are overshadowed by the risks when it contains harmful ingredients. Raisins, chocolate, and certain nuts (like macadamia nuts) in granola can be toxic to dogs. High sugar content and artificial sweeteners like xylitol can also cause serious health issues.

What Granola is Safe/Unsafe?

  • Safe:
    • Plain granola without added sugars, artificial sweeteners, raisins, or chocolate
    • Homemade granola with dog-safe ingredients
  • Unsafe:
    • Granola with raisins, chocolate, or macadamia nuts
    • Granola with high sugar content or artificial sweeteners

Other Products Containing Granola

Beware of other food items that might contain granola as an ingredient. These often pose similar risks as standalone granola due to hidden harmful ingredients.

  • Granola bars: Often loaded with sugars and potentially harmful additives.
  • Granola-topped yogurt: May include sweeteners and additives.
  • Granola cereals: Frequently contain raisins or chocolate.

How to Feed Granola to Your Dog?

If you want to share granola with your dog, opt for plain granola and serve it in moderation. Avoid any commercial granolas with sweeteners, raisins, or nuts. Better yet, make your own dog-friendly granola at home using oats, a bit of honey, and maybe some dog-safe fruits like apples or blueberries.

What If Your Dog Reacts Badly to Granola?

If your dog shows signs of distress like vomiting, diarrhea, or lethargy after eating granola, contact your vet immediately. Keep a close eye on them for any changes in behavior or health that might require urgent care.

Safer Alternatives to Granola

Instead of granola, consider these safer alternatives that still provide some of the same benefits without the risks:

  • Plain oatmeal: High in fiber and easy on the stomach.
  • Fresh fruits: Such as apples, blueberries, and bananas.
  • Pumpkin puree: Great for digestion and low in calories.


When it comes to feeding your dog granola, caution is key. Stick to plain, homemade versions without harmful ingredients, and always consult with your vet before introducing new foods into your dog's diet. Keep your furry friend safe and healthy by choosing alternatives that are proven to be dog-friendly.