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Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day

Does your canine buddy perk up when he thinks he’s getting a treat? Fido certainly does love his snacks! Your pooch may be happy to know that February 23rd is officially National Dog Biscuit Day. A New Tulsa, OK vet discusses doggy treats in this article.

Choosing Treats

When buying treats for your four-legged friend, get into the habit of reading the labels. Avoid anything with an ingredient list that reads like a science project. Meat should be the first ingredient listed, as well as the most numerous.

Unsafe Foods

While some people foods are safe for dogs, many things we like to eat are toxic to Fido. Never give your pet garlic, onions, scallions, or chives; nuts; caffeine; chocolate; alcohol; grapes, currants, or raisins; pitted fruits; or anything that contains xylitol. Meat on the bone is also dangerous, as are raw meat, dough, or yeast.

People Foods

What is safe for Man’s Best Friend? Fido can enjoy some plain, cooked meat, fish, or poultry. Just be sure to remove the bones, skin, and fat first. Deli meat is another good option. Your four-legged pal can also have certain fruits and veggies, such as bananas, apple slices, sweet potato, pureed pumpkin, and spinach. Cheese, eggs, plain yogurt, and sodium-free broth are also safe. Ask your vet for more information.

Homemade Goodies

If you like cooking, why not make Fido’s doggy treats? Look online for recipes that use dog-safe ingredients. (Tip: combine pureed pumpkin with natural peanut butter, egg, and whole-wheat flour. Mix everything into a batter, divide into small portions, and then bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until hard.)

Tricks For Treats

Many dogs actually like doing tricks. If Fido knows basic commands, like Sit, Stay, and Come, teach your pooch some cute tricks. Your canine companion may be absolutely adorable when he rolls over for his snack!

Begging

Fido’s enthusiasm for food is definitely very cute. However, don’t let your furry pal manipulate you into overfeeding him. Begging is very likely one of the reasons so many of our canine patients are overweight or obese! If you just can’t resist those sad puppy dog eyes, offer your pup a carrot stick instead of that meatball he wants.

Please do not hesitate to contact us, your New Tulsa, OK pet hospital, for all of your dog’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!

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