National Dog Biscuit Day

There’s a special doggy holiday around the corner. February 23rd is National Dog Biscuit Day! Of course, your canine pal may know them as cookies, treats, or snacks. No matter what they are called in your home, it’s probably safe to say treats are one of Fido’s favorite things. A Michigan City, IN vet discusses dog biscuits in this article.

Dog Biscuit History

The first dog biscuits probably won’t sound very appetizing. Fido often was given table scraps and leftovers as treats, which he probably didn’t mind too much. However, our canine companions were also fed things like moldy bread and rotting meat. Yuck! The dog biscuit got a makeover in the late 1800′s, when an electrician named James Spratt invented a doggy version of the travel cake. Though his initial aim was to feed strays, this got tails wagging all over the country. The rest, as they say, is history.

Tricks For Treats

Treats are actually good for dogs, as long as you don’t go overboard with them. They make great training aids, and are also a wonderful way for you to pamper your pooch and make him feel loved. If Fido knows basic doggy commands, or even some cute tricks, reinforce your pup’s training by having him work for his snack.

Choosing Safe Snacks

There are now hundreds of different doggy treats on the market, and we’re pretty sure that Fido would happily sample all of them. The quality of pet products can vary wildly, and it isn’t always easy to tell at a glance which brand is best. Read the labels, and choose products that mostly list meat, fish, or poultry. Avoid anything with a long list of unpronounceable ingredients.

Homemade Goodies

If you enjoy cooking, you can make your four-legged buddy’s snacks. There are some benefits to this. You’ll know exactly what Fido is eating, and can customize your recipes to suit his tastes. Just stick to ingredients that are safe for dogs. Some good options are plain, cooked meat, fish, or poultry, without the skin, bones or fat; cheese; eggs; bacon bits; sodium-free broth; plain yogurt; natural peanut butter; wheat germ oil; and liver powder. Ask your vet for more information on safe and unsafe foods.

Please contact us with any questions or concerns about your dog’s health or care. As your local Michigan City, IN vet clinic, we’re here to help!

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