Yes. Barley is safe for dogs to eat. It’s low in cholesterol and high in fiber, but it is a carbohydrate, which should not be the leading characteristic of your dog’s diet.
If your dog is getting plenty of meat-based protein, eating a little barley from time to time isn’t a problem. But keep in mind that barley isn’t a natural part of a dog’s diet. If you’re currently feeding your dog store-bought food containing barley, that’s not a problem—just make sure the product lists meat as its first ingredient.
Serve barley in small amounts only occasionally. Be sure to rinse and cook the grain before serving, and leave out ingredients such as garlic, onion, or spices.
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