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National Dog Biscuit Day

February 23rd is National Dog Biscuit Day! Fido’s favorite treat now has its own unofficial holiday. While you shouldn’t overindulge your canine buddy with fatty snacks, dog biscuits are beneficial to our furry pals in many ways. Nothing gets those cute furry tails wagging like the thought of a tasty treat! A Newmarket, ON vet discusses Fido’s new favorite holiday in this article.

Making Doggy Biscuits

If you like cooking, why not treat your pooch to some homemade dog biscuits? There are many recipes available online. Just be sure to choose only ingredients that are safe for Fido. Honey; peanut butter; plain yogurt; olive oil; wheat germ oil; whole-wheat flour; and sodium-free broth are a few things you can use in your base. To customize your pup’s snacks, add yummy extras like banana; bacon bits; shredded chicken or beef; cheese; or eggs. Some foods to avoid include garlic, onions, and chives; avocados; grapes, currants, and raisins; chocolate; and products containing xylitol. Ask your vet for more information.

Choosing Doggy Biscuits

Slick marketing techniques and fancy packaging can make it difficult to tell high-quality doggy treats from poorly made ones. When shopping for Fido, remember to check labels. If you can’t identify and/or pronounce most of the ingredients, choose a different brand. You’ll also want to be sure to pick treats that are the proper size for your pooch. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.

Begging

We know, it can be hard to resist Fido’s big, pleading eyes, but begging is bad doggy manners. Don’t let your canine buddy’s talent for theatrics wear you down. Overfeeding your furry actor can cause your pet to pack on the pounds, which is very bad for his health!

Recalls

Unfortunately, dog treat recalls are not uncommon these days. While there is no way to promise that any individual treat is safe, you can stay on top of current recall alerts by checking the FDA site.

Training Aids

Dog biscuits can make great training aids. Rewarding your furry friend for doing well is a very important aspect of proper training! You don’t want to overfeed Fido while he’s in school, however. For training, break doggy biscuits into smaller bites.

Do you have any questions about your canine pal’s health or care? We can help! Contact us, your Newmarket, ON animal hospital, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs.

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