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Homemade Holiday Treats for Fido

Do you enjoy cooking? If so, you may find yourself quite busy during the holiday season. Why not make your canine buddy some special snacks? We all know how much our canine pals love treats! Read on as a local Newmarket, ON vet lists some great holiday treats for dogs.

Doggy Bones

There are lots of different recipes for homemade doggy bones you can make for your pup. Some items you can include are bacon; peanut butter; plain yogurt; wheat germ oil; whole-wheat flour; spinach; cheese; ripe bananas; sodium-free broth; shredded beef, chicken, or turkey; and bacon fat. You can also add egg and a little liver powder. Feel free to mix and match items to suit your pet’s tastes. These also make wonderful gifts for Fido’s buddies!

Peanut Butter Snacks

Peanut butter is one of Fido’s favorite treats. Mix natural PB with whole-wheat flour, eggs wheat germ oil, and pureed pumpkin. Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes.

Jerky Treats

Jerky is a great snack for dogs! Cut beef, salmon, chicken, or turkey into thin strips. You can also do this with apple slices or sweet potatoes. Cook on low for several hours.

Turkey Bites

Combine ground turkey with parsley, whole-wheat flour, cheese, and cooked, chopped eggs to make this pup-pleasing snack. Cook in small portions, or roll into meatballs.

Beef Yums

This one really gets Fido’s tail going! Mix whole-wheat flour with eggs, cheese, and beef in a food processor. Using a brownie pan, cook these treats at 350 for about 20 minutes.

Doggy Eggnog

Turn the holiday classic into a dog-friendly treat by mixing plain yogurt with sodium-free broth, egg, and a little baby food. Top with a dog biscuit, and offer it to your pooch.

Muttloaf

This one will definitely get that cute tail going! Start with minced beef or turkey. You can add peas, carrots, parmesan cheese, whole-wheat breadcrumbs, and tomato paste.

Tips

When cooking for Fido, be sure to only use ingredients that are safe for him. Some things to avoid are garlic, onions, scallions, and chives; nuts; chocolate; grapes, currants, and raisins; pitted fruits; alcohol; caffeine; and anything that contains xylitol. Meat on the bone is also dangerous. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.

Have a wonderful holiday season! Please feel free to contact us, your local Newmarket, ON vet hospital, if we can ever be of assistance.

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