Holiday Treats for Fido

Do you enjoy cooking around the holidays? Those delicious meals and cookies are a big part of many seasonal traditions. Why not make something for your canine buddy? Fido will definitely appreciate a special snack! A Michigan City, IN vet lists some great holiday treats for dogs in this article

Puppy Yums

For this one, you’ll combine canned chicken, bacon bits, organic baby food, shredded cheese, whole-wheat flour, and sodium-free beef broth. Separate into small pieces, and then pop it into the oven for 15 minutes on 350.

Turkey Woofers

Combine cooked, boneless turkey with egg and cheese. You can add some pet-safe vegetables. Cooked sweet or plain potatoes are fine, as are cooked peas, spinach, or carrots, or pureed squash or pumpkin. Mix it in a food processor, and then divide into small portions. Bake for 15-20 minutes at 375.

Peanut Butter Bark

Mix ripe bananas with whole-wheat flour, an egg, and natural peanut butter. Read the PB label to make sure it doesn’t contain xylitol. Roll the batter out, and then use a special doggy cookie cutter, such as a bone-shaped one, to divide it into small portions. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.

Muttloaf

This one you can actually make yourself, and just share with your dog. Mix minced turkey or beef with egg, whole-wheat bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, tomato paste, carrots, peas, and parsley. Don’t add any garlic or onion: they aren’t safe for dogs. About half an hour at 400 should do it.

Doggynog

Eggnog is a classic holiday treat. To make some for Fido, mix an egg with plain yogurt and chicken broth in a blender. You can even put a doggy treat on top!

Tail Waggers

Mix some bacon fat with egg, whole-wheat flour, and cold water. To customize your dog’s treats, add bacon bits, cheese, organic baby food, shredded meat, or liver powder. Once the batter has been mixed and divided, you’ll want to cook it for about 15 minutes at 375. Just don’t overindulge your pet with these snacks, as they are rather fattening.

Tips

Many ‘people’ foods are poisonous to pets. Never give Fido anything that contains garlic, onions, scallions, or chives; grapes, currants, or raisins; caffeine; chocolate; nuts; pitted fruits; alcohol; or xylitol. Ask your vet for more information.

Please reach out to us, your Michigan City, IN vet clinic, anytime. We’re happy to help!

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