February 23rd is Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day! Our canine patients would no doubt unanimously vote to make this one a national holiday. While that likely isn’t happening any time soon, there’s no reason you can’t indulge your furry friend with a yummy snack. A Washington Heights, TX vet offers some tips on offering dog treats in this article.
The sheer number of dog biscuits available today can be a bit overwhelming. Fido of course would happily taste test any and all of them, given the chance. There are a few things to keep in mind when shopping for your pup. We always recommend checking labels. You should be able to identify the ingredients: if the list looks like components of a science experiment, it probably isn’t the healthiest option. Meat, fish, and/or poultry should be listed first and most frequently. You’ll also want to look at where the product was made. Products from overseas may not have been subject to the same quality standards as those manufactured here in the U.S.
Making Fido’s dog biscuits may be easier than you think. There are some great recipes online. The main thing is to stick with whole, healthy ingredients. Some things you can use are plain meat, fish, or poultry, with the skin, bones, and fat removed; liver powder; pureed pumpkin; plain yogurt; sodium-free broth; egg; wheat germ or olive oil; and whole-wheat flour. You can also customize your pup’s treats by adding safe fruits and veggies, such as peas and carrots. Things like pieces of kibble, bacon bits, and shredded cheese are also fine. It’s also important to know what not to include. Some unsafe foods include garlic, onions, chocolate, alcohol, meat on the bone, pitted fruits, processed foods, and anything high in salt, sugar, or fat. Ask your vet for more information on safe and unsafe foods.
Exact cook temperatures and times will vary depending on the recipe you use. Many treats can cook for about 20 minutes at 350F, but you can adjust as needed. If you like, you can get a cute bone-shaped mold. This will also help distinguish Fido’s snacks from human cookies. Don’t forget to have your canine buddy do a trick for his treat!
Do you have questions about your dog’s diet or care? Contact us, your local Washington Heights, TX veterinary clinic, today!