With the arrival of the holiday season, many of us are enjoying some delicious seasonal snacks. Our canine companions often find themselves with extra treats at this time of year. If you like cooking, you may want to make your pooch his holiday goodies. A Los Gatos, CA vet offers tips on cooking for Fido below.
Make sure to use only dog-safe ingredients. Some good options include peanut butter; whole-wheat flour; sodium-free broth; wheat germ oil; bacon bits; organic baby food; bacon grease; cooked, plain meat without the skin, bones, or fat; eggs; cheese; plain yogurt; and liver powder. Fido can also have certain fruits, such as bananas, apple, and strawberries. Cooked, plain spinach, squash, carrots, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, beans, and peas, are fine as well.
Consider spending a few bucks on a cute bone-shaped mold. While your furry friend probably won’t care if his snacks look pretty, this is a nice touch. It will also help ensure that no one mistakes your pup’s cookies for the ones you make for people! Plus, homemade doggy treats make great presents for Fido’s canine pals. Put some in a pretty jar, and tie a festive ribbon around it.
Not all foods are safe for Man’s Best Friend. Garlic, onions, chives, and scallions are all toxic to dogs, and are particularly concerning as they are often used as seasoning. Also on the no-no list are chocolate; alcohol; caffeine; nuts; avocados; grapes, currants, or raisins; meat on the bone; raw foods; and products that contain xylitol.
To make your canine buddy some eggnog, mix sodium-free broth with plain yogurt, organic baby food and an egg. Put it in a blender to make it frothy, and then put a cute dog treat—or one of your homemade ones—on top. Or, make your four-legged friend some pumpkin bites by mixing pureed pumpkin with natural peanut butter, an egg, and whole-wheat flour. Mix the batter up and divide it into small portions, then cook at 350 for about 20 minutes or until hard. If you want something a bit easier, you can make Fido some jerky by cutting chicken, steak, beef, or sweet potato into thin strips. Cook at 250 for several hours, turning once.
Happy Holidays from all of us here at Camden Pet Hospital, your Los Gatos, CA vet clinic. Call us anytime!