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Homemade Holiday Doggy Treats

Do you enjoy cooking for the holidays? If so, why not make some special treats for your canine friend? There are many options for safe doggy treats you can make yourself. A local Carmel, IN veterinarian lists a few options for homemade dog treats in this article.

Doggy Eggnog

Eggnog is a seasonal favorite. Let your canine pal get in on the fun by making him his own version. Start with plain Greek yogurt and a jar of baby food. Be sure to check the ingredients on the baby food, and avoid anything containing xylitol, garlic, or onions. Add a little water and an egg, and top it off with a doggy biscuit.

Pumpkin Bites

Did you know that cooked pumpkin is safe for dogs? Make your canine buddy special snacks out of eggs, pureed pumpkin, dry milk, sea salt, and whole-wheat flour. You can also add peanut butter. Chances are, your pooch will ‘woof’ them right down.

Muttloaf

This one will definitely get that tail wagging! Fido’s muttloaf is actually very similar to a meatloaf you would make for people. Start with minced beef, and add carrots, peas, pureed tomato, parsley, eggs, and whole-wheat breadcrumbs. You can also include Parmesan cheese.

Dog Treats

There are countless recipes for homemade doggy treats. Most start with a base of yogurt or wheat germ and egg. You can customize your pup’s snacks to suit his tastes by adding things like plain, unseasoned chicken or beef; cheese; egg; bacon bits; peanut butter; or bananas. Look online for specific recipes. To make your furry pal’s snacks look cute, cut them into shapes. You can use regular holiday cookie-cutter shapes, like snowmen or pine trees, or get some shaped like little bones. These also can make great gifts for Fido’s friends! Put them in glass jars with pretty ribbons to add a special festive touch.

Foods To Avoid

Make sure you know what foods are dangerous for Fido. Chocolate, macadamia nuts, raisins, grapes, and currants are all toxic to our canine pals. Garlic, onions, chives, and scallions are also on the no-no list, as are caffeine, alcohol, and anything containing xylitol. Ask your vet for more information.

All of us here at your Carmel, IN animal hospital want to wish you a wonderful holiday season. Please contact us for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!

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