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Holiday Treats for Fido

The holiday season is officially here! Many people really enjoy making seasonal cookies and treats for their friends and family members. Of course, our canine friends are also part of the family! If you like baking, why not make your dog some special snacks? In this article, a local vet lists some great holiday snacks you can make for Fido.

Doggy Eggnog

To make Fido his own version of this classic dish, start with plain yogurt, and add organic baby food and/or sodium-free beef or chicken broth. Mix in a bit of water to thin it out. Top off your adorable pet’s special treat with a doggy biscuit or some bacon bits.

Muttloaf

This delicious snack is bound to get your furry friend’s tail wagging! Start with minced beef or turkey, and add egg, whole-wheat flour, cooked peas and/or carrots, parmesan cheese, and tomato paste. Bake at 350 for an hour. Be sure to let it cool before handing it over to your pooch.

Peanut Butter/Pumpkin Yums

Mix pureed pumpkin with peanut butter, eggs, and whole-wheat flour. Flatten out the batter with a rolling pin, and use a cookie cutter to make little shapes. Cook at 350 for about 20 minutes.

Bark Biscuits

Your furry buddy is going to love this one! Mix whole-wheat flour with wheat germ oil, eggs, and sodium-free broth. You can also add in some bacon fat for extra tail wags. Other optional ingredients include peanut butter, mashed banana, shredded cheese, and/or bacon bits. Cut into squares or cute shapes, and bake for about 15 minutes at 375.

Sweet Potato Treats

Sweet potatoes are both safe and healthy for our canine pals. Cut a clean sweet potato into thin slices, and then cook on low for several hours to dehydrate the pieces. This is also a great option for boneless salmon or strips of chicken or beef.

Tips

When cooking for Fido, be sure to use only ingredients that are safe for him. Some things to avoid include garlic and onions; meat on the bone; grapes, currants, and raisins; caffeine; chocolate; nuts; and anything that contains xylitol. Also, be sure never to give your pup raw dough, meat, or yeast. Ask your vet for more information.

Happy Holidays! Please contact us with any questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care. We are always happy to help!

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