Do you enjoy cooking? If so, you may find yourself quite busy during the holiday season. Your canine pal may also be spending a lot of time in the kitchen, and may very well practice his begging skills on you. Why not make your pooch his snacks? Read on as a Burlington, ON vet lists some homemade treats you can make Fido.
Doggy bones will definitely get your pup’s tail going. There are actually quite a few recipes for homemade bones. You’ll want to start with a base. Plain yogurt, wheat germ oil, liver powder, peanut butter, ripe bananas, and pureed pumpkin are all good options. You can also add extras, like bacon grease, bacon bits, sodium-free broth, spinach, cheese, or shredded meat. Although you may want to tweak times a bit, generally 20 minutes at 177 °C should do it. These also make great gifts for Fido’s friends! Put some in a mason jar, and tie a festive ribbon around it.
Combine plain yogurt, sodium-free beef or chicken broth, egg, and organic baby food. Put a cute dog biscuit on top for extra tail wags!
Jerky is a wonderful treat for Fido. To make homemade jerky, start by cutting beef, salmon, chicken, or turkey in thin strips. You can also use sweet potatoes or apples slices. Low and slow is the way to go with these. Cook at about 93 °C for several hours.
Mix whole-wheat flour with eggs, cheese, and beef. You may want to use a food processor. Pour the mix into a brownie pan, and then cook at 177 °C for about 20 minutes.
Combine natural peanut butter with whole-wheat flour, wheat germ oil, eggs, and pureed pumpkin. Bake at 177 °C for about 20 minutes.
These are good for both people and pups! Mix ground turkey with whole-wheat flour, shredded cheese, and cooked, chopped eggs. Roll into meatballs, and cook for about 20 minutes at 190.
Only use ingredients that are safe for dogs. Never give your canine buddy garlic, onions, scallions, or chives; nuts; chocolate; grapes, currants, and raisins; pitted fruits; alcohol; caffeine; meat on the bone; or anything that contains xylitol. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.
Happy Holidays! Please contact us, your local Burlington, ON vet clinic, anytime. We’re here to help!