is Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day! Of course, our canine pals appreciate biscuits every day. However, with all the lockdowns of the past year, many people have taken up cooking. Why not make your furry best buddy some snacks? A Sarasota, FL vet discusses homemade dog biscuits in this article.
You’ll find many great recipes online. Most of these start with a base. Some of the things you can use include natural peanut butter, ripe bananas, pureed squash or pumpkin, plain yogurt, liver powder, eggs, and/or organic baby food. You can also use minced, pureed, or shredded meat; boneless meat; canned tuna, salmon, or chicken; or chopped liver. Whole wheat flour is a good thickener, while water, olive oil, wheat germ oil, or sodium-free broth can bind or thin a mixture. Combine two or even three of your pet’s favorites.
Want even more tail wags? Add things like eggs, cheese, bacon bits, or bits of kibble. Cooked, plain meat, fish, or poultry is also fine, as are safe fruits and veggies, such as peas, carrots, and apples.
One thing many people like to do when cooking for dogs is use a cute mold. Bone-shaped ones are very popular. This is a great touch if you ever want to give cookies away as gifts. Plus, it also makes Fido’s biscuits easy to distinguish from snacks for people!
Customize Fido’s Snacks
Cookies, biscuits, treats, or snacks: no matter what name your pooch knows them by, they’re bound to get his tail wagging. However, treats that are high in salt or fat are basically doggy junk food. Plus, if you’re going to make treats, you may as well optimize them to suit both your dog’s taste and his health. Ask
vet for advice on percentages of protein, fat, carbs, and other nutrients.
Avoid Unsafe Ingredients
Make sure you only use non-toxic ingredients. Not everything in your kitchen is safe for your furry best friend to eat. Some of the things you should never give your pup include garlic, onions, scallions, and chives; caffeine; chocolate; avocado; pitted fruits; grapes, currants, and raisins; alcohol; and xylitol. Raw meat or dough is also unsafe. Finally, be sure to limit salt, sugar, and fat.
Do you have questions or concerns about your dog’s health or care? We can help! Contact us, your local Sarasota, FL veterinary clinic, anytime!