With the holidays fast approaching, of course we want to share the joy with our pets! From family gatherings to all the delicious meals that will come, not all foods are safe for dogs to eat. Being aware of what they can have can save you a trip to the emergency vet. Remember feeding your dog table food here and there also increases their calorie intake, which can quickly cause unhealthy weight! Sticking to healthy snacks like vegetables helps keep the calories down and they still love it. Here is a list of some things that are safe for dogs to eat:
Carrots, cucumbers, green beans
Cooked sweet potato (without added ingredients)
Bananas, apples, unsweetened cranberries
Then you might wonder what foods you should avoid. Here is a list of some things that should NOT be given to your dog:
Dairy products, eggnog
garlic, onion, chives
Ham or bacon
Nutmeg, nuts, raisins, grapes
Salt or sugar
Now your pet can join the celebration and have some healthy snack options. Always be sure that visiting guests are aware of what they can or cannot give to your pet. Another option that is starting to trend is local pet bakeries offering holiday feasts for pets! They are cute and have healthy ingredients. Great for your own pets or for gift giving. If you would like to make your own pet holiday treats, here is a quick easy recipe for peanut butter biscuits! Remember dogs can have allergies too, so always check ingredients and know what your dog can have.
2 ½ Cups whole wheat flour
1 Large egg
1 Cup peanut butter
1 Cup water
2 Tbsp honey
Preheat oven to 350°, line baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, combine flour and egg. Add the peanut butter, water, and honey, and stir until you have a stiff dough. It will be firm and sticky.
On a floured surface, roll out dough to about ½ inch thick. Use whatever fun cookie cutter shapes you like!
Bake for 18-20 minutes and let cool. If cutting small cookies time may be less.