Holiday Treats for Fido

Holiday Treats for Fido

The holiday season is here! If you like cooking, and you have a dog, you may want to try making your canine companion some homemade doggy treats. There are definitely some benefits to this. You’ll know exactly what your furry pal is eating, and can customize his snacks to suit his tastes. You can find many doggy treat recipes online. But which ones are best? In this article, a Flushing, MI vet offers some tips on cooking for Fido.

Choosing Ingredients

You can mix and match ingredients for many of the doggy treat recipes you will find. Some things you may want to use include bananas; plain yogurt; bacon bits; organic baby food; canned tuna or chicken; boneless meat, fish, or poultry; cheese; eggs; wheat germ oil; whole-wheat flour; pureed pumpkin or squash; or sodium-free broth. You can also offer your pup certain fruits, such as strawberries or blueberries, or specific veggies, such as beans, peas, or carrots. Just be sure to always research a new food before you give it to your pet, to make sure it’s safe.

Seasoning

While certain herbs, such as parsley, are fine, many spices and seasonings are not good for dogs. We recommend playing it safe, and keeping your canine pal’s food plain.

Presentation

If you want to make your furry buddy’s cookies look nice, consider getting a bone-shaped mold. Homemade doggy treats are a great gift for Fido’s four-legged friends! Put some in a jar, and use a pretty ribbon to add a festive touch.

Foods To Avoid

Many popular foods are toxic to our canine pals! Never give Fido meat on the bone; garlic, onions, scallions, and chives; nuts; chocolate; alcohol; caffeine; pitted fruits; raw dough, meat, or yeast; or grapes, currants, or raisins. Anything that contains xylitol is also a no-no. Xylitol is found in many processed foods, and is a particular concern because it shows up in some things that would otherwise be safe, such as peanut butter. There are also many foods, like bacon and sausage, that are fine once in a while as a special snack, but shouldn’t be fed too much, as they really aren’t good for dogs. Ask your vet for more information.

Happy Holidays! Please feel free to contact us, your Flushing, MI, if we can ever be of assistance. We are dedicated to providing the best veterinary care around.

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