These days our pets have it pretty good. They have their own restaurants, beauty parlors, play dates, and hotels! But as much time as we devote to them, sometimes we don’t put enough thought into their food choices. We think we are showing love for them by letting them eat certain human foods when many of those foods may cause them harm. Being aware of the types of foods that aren’t good for our canine will help to keep them fit and healthy.
To make sure Fido is eating right, the ASPCA recommends avoiding the following foods in your dogs diet:
- Avocado (persin can be toxic)
- Macadamia Nuts (as few as 6 nuts can be fatal)
- Grapes and raisins (can cause kidney failure)
- Yeast dough (can rise and swell in the dogs abdomen)
- Raw Eggs (can cause food poisoning or skin problems)
- Raw Meat and Fish (food poisoning)
- Candy and Gum (the ingredient Xylitol can make your dog sick)
- Onions, chives and garlic (can cause anemia)
- Coffee, tea, or caffeine (dogs can get caffeine poisoning)
- Milk and other dairy products (too much can cause diarrhea)
- Salt (large amounts)
- Human medicines should also be avoided unless prescribed by your veterinarian
As usual, consult your veterinarian about your dogs specific issues and needs.
So, what can you give your dog ?
Nothing says “love” to your dog like a snuggle and something made with your own two hands! Try this healthful Dog Biscuit Recipe to give your dog a special healthy treat!
Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (do not use anything with nutmeg)
2 large eggs
1 cup canned pumpkin
3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In small bowl, whisk together the flour, oats, salt, and cinnamon; set aside.
In a separate large bowl, whisk together the eggs, pumpkin and peanut butter until combined. Using a rubber spatula mix in the flour mixture until combined.
Transfer to a lightly floured work surface and roll the dough into a 1/2-inch-thick rectangle. Cut mixture using a canine-themed cookie cutter and place on a prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes. Remove to cooling racks and let cool thoroughly, about 2 hours. They will harden as they cool.
Source: recipe adapted from Sweet Pea’s Kitchen.