February 23rd is Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day! If there’s one thing that gets Fido’s tail going, it’s the thought of a yummy snack. A Rancho Santa Fe, CA vet discusses giving your dog treats in this article.
The main reason we like giving dogs treats? Fido gets adorably happy over snacks! However, that’s not the only reason to indulge your pup. Treats are also great training aids. Even once your furry friend has finished his petucation, it’s important to reward him for behaving. They’re also a good way to bond with your dog.
Fido has had a long time to work on that adorable sad-dog look that works so well on us. In fact, Man’s Best Friend is an absolute master at convincing us to share our food. Steel yourself against that soulful stare! Begging is bad manners. It likely also plays a role in the fact that over half of our canine companions are overweight. If you have to give in, give your pup something healthy, like a string bean.
Many people have taken up or advanced their skills in cooking over the past year. If you like baking, you can try making Fido’s treats. There are many recipes online, most of which you can mix-and-match ingredients for. The main thing is to only use ingredients that are safe for dogs. For a base or batter, you can use things like pureed pumpkin, shredded or minced meat or poultry, olive oil, wheat germ oil, liver powder, natural peanut butter, mashed bananas, plain yogurt, or sodium-free broth. You can customize your snacks by incorporating things like cheese, bacon bits, egg, or safe fruits and veggies. Ask your vet for more information.
It’s probably safe to say that your pooch will be delighted with any snacks you bring home. As you’ve probably noticed, Fido has a pretty healthy appetite. Just stick with healthier options. Read the label, and opt for foods that list mostly meat, fish, and/or poultry.
Fortunately, recalls are not an everyday occurrence, but they can and do occur. You can follow them at the AMVA page here or at the FDA pet food recall page, which is here.
Another option is to set up email alerts.
Do you have questions about your dog’s diet, health, or care? Feel free to reach out to us at your convenience! We are your trusted provider of veterinary services in Rancho Santa Fe, CA, and we are committed to keeping your pets healthy and happy.