February 23rd is a big day for our canine patients. It’s Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day! Treats are one of Fido’s favorite things, along with belly rubs, car rides, walks, and playtime. Read on as a Dahlonega, GA vet discusses dog biscuits.
Benefits of Treats
Treats are actually quite beneficial. For one thing, they can definitely get your pup’s cute tail wagging. Plus, they are wonderful training aids. They’re also a great way for you to bond with your furry buddy. Although you don’t want to go overboard, there’s no reason not to give Fido a snack or two every day.
Man’s Best Friend often gets super excited at the prospect of a yummy snack. Why not have Fido do a simple trick for his treat? This is a great way to reinforce his training!
Most of our canine friends would happily taste any snacks that you offer them. However, treats are definitely not one size fits all. Pick products that are appropriate for Fido’s age, size, and health. Also, get into the habit of reading labels. As a general rule of thumb, you’ll want to look for things that list meat, fish, and/or poultry first and most frequently.
We know, dogs are super cute when they beg. However, begging is bad doggy manners! Don’t spoil your four-legged pal by sharing your food with him. This can be dangerous, as it can lead to aggressive behavior. It also increases the chances of someone inadvertently giving Fido something that isn’t safe for him.
Why not try making dog biscuits? There are quite a few recipes available online. You can use ripe bananas, sodium-free broth, organic baby food, bacon grease, wheat germ oil, plain yogurt, and/or pureed pumpkin for a base. Then, customize the treats by adding things like shredded meat, fish, or chicken; cheese; eggs; bacon bits; and safe fruits and veggies.
Be very careful with what you offer Fido. Many of our favorite foods are toxic to dogs! Some foods to avoid include garlic, onions, scallions, and chives; chocolate; meat on the bone; grapes, currants, and raisins; nuts; pitted fruits, especially avocado; processed foods; alcohol; raw meat or dough; and anything containing xylitol. Ask your vet for more information.
Please contact us, your Dahlonega, GA vet clinic, for all of your dog’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!