Dogs love people food, and people just love giving dogs their food. It’s a treat that can be bonding and show your pooch some love, but it can also be unhealthy for your K9 pal.
Most pet owners are aware that chocolate is bad for pets, but did you know grapes, raisins, avocado, bread dough, and bones are among the few “people” foods that are detrimental to a dog’s health? They may seem like healthy choices for us, but they are deceptively bad for pet health.
However, there are several human foods that are great for your four-legged friend. You can use these great-for-you-and-your-dog foods to create your own healthy treats that will make a great homemade holiday treats.
Pumpkin is a great treat for dogs. The vitamin A rich squash is great for the GI tract and a healthy stomach.
Cooked eggs are popular treats that are amazing for a K9’s muscles and hair. It’s makes for a great ingredient in homemade treats and the protein boost is just one of the benefits. Hardboiled is the best version of this treat, but just make sure the egg is cooked thoroughly. If you dice it up and mix it into your dog’s food, it will help him or her clean their plate, too.
Flax seed is full of essential fatty acids and fiber. You can use oil or ground seeds, just make sure to use ground flax quickly as it will spoil.
Brewer’s yeast is the only yeast that is dog-friendly. Other yeasts can cause major tummy troubles. So when you are baking up those puppy snacks, make sure you use this brewer’s yeast. Bonus – sprinkle it over a finicky eater’s chow. Dogs love the tangy taste!
Oatmeal is another ingredient that will be a baker’s handy helper that is also great for your pooch. It is extra beneficial to older dogs with bowel troubles. Just make sure it is plain and cooked well before sharing.
- 1 cup of oat flour
- ½ cup of rolled oats
- ½ tablespoon honey
- ½ tablespoon flax seed oil
- 4 tablespoons all natural peanut butter
- 1 whisked egg
- 1 mashed banana.
- Heat oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix 1 cup of oat flour, ½ cup of rolled oats, ½ tablespoon honey, ½ tablespoon flax seed oil, 4 tablespoons all natural peanut butter, 1 whisked egg, 1 mashed banana.
- Form mixture into balls and then flatten into a cookie shape about 1 and ½ inches in diameter.
- Bake on a parchment-lined sheet (avoid cooking sprays) 40 minutes or until firm and a deep golden brown hue.
- Cool completely and store in a cool, dry place, preferably in an airtight container up to two weeks.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with these ingredients to customize a treat for your K9 friends. But, if you prefer to buy your holiday goodies, make sure you read the labels on those pre-packaged treats. They may look appealing in those cute bundles shaped like a holiday stocking, but they can be packed with artificial ingredients and additives. A few brands recommended by veterinarians include Wellness Wellbars, Happy Hips by Dogswell, and Innova Eva Treats.