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Cooking For Your Dog

November 1, 2021

Did you know that today is Cook For Your Pets Day? If your canine buddy knew this, he’d probably jump for joy. Man’s Best Friend has a very, very healthy appetite. Of course, while Fido would probably happily chomp down anything you make for him, it’s important to make sure you’re giving him healthy, nourishing foods. A Virginia Beach, VA vet offers some advice on cooking for your pet in this article.


Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving around the corner, many people are going to be doing quite a bit of cooking over the next few weeks. Fido will no doubt be more than happy to supervise, and will be paying very close attention to those mouthwatering dishes. He’ll also be more than happy to help with leftovers. Fido deserves a special Thanksgiving plate. Plain, cooked meat, fish, or chicken is fine. You’ll just need to remove the skin, bones, and fat. Your pet can also have a few cocktail weiners or meatballs, and some fruits and veggies, such as spinach, cooked pumpkin, spinach, sweet potatoes, apple slices, bananas, and blueberries. Ask your vet for more information.


Foods To Avoid

Quite a few of the things you may find on your table are toxic to dogs. This includes garlic and onions, which are concerning as they are often used as seasonings. Grapes, currants, and raisins are also very dangerous. In fact, eating just one of these fruits can cause dogs to go into organ failure! Other things to keep out of paws’ reach include chocolate, alcohol, caffeine, meat on the bone, raw dough or yeast, nuts, mushrooms, and anything that contains xylitol. You’ll also want to limit your pet’s consumption of organ meats, such as liver or kidney; fatty foods, like bacon or sausage; and dairy products, like cheese.


Treats

Want to get that tail wagging? Make Fido some homemade doggy treats. You’ll want to start with a base. You can mix and match the following items: natural peanut butter; organic baby food; minced, cooked, or shredded meat; bananas; wheat-germ oil; liver powder; and pureed pumpkin. You can also add toppings, such as cheese, bacon bits, blueberries, or peas. Mix it into a batter and then use a cute cookie cutter to separate them into small portions. Cook at 375 for 15-20 minutes.


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