- Wellness Programs
Did you know that National Cookie Day is December 4th? Our canine patients would perk up if they knew! Why not make your pooch some homemade dog cookies? A Virginia Beach, VA veterinarian lists a few recipes below.
Mix plain yogurt and two jars of organic baby food. Use a blender or immersion blender to make the mixture nice and frothy. Top it off with a dog-biscuit for an Insta-worthy photo opp!
Combine boneless turkey with eggs, cheese, peas, sweet potatoes, and/or other safe veggies in a food processor. Divide into small portions, and cook at 375F for about 20 minutes. Voila!
Pumpkin is very healthy for dogs! Mix pureed pumpkin with natural peanut butter, egg, and whole-wheat flour. If it’s too thick, add some water. Cook at 350F for 30 minutes.
Fido’s meatloaf is based on minced beef or turkey, which you’ll combine with eggs, bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, peas, carrots, and whole-wheat flour. Just skip the garlic, onions, and seasonings; they aren’t safe for dogs. Pop in the oven for 75 minutes at 350F.
Jerky is quite old. One study suggested that people have been eating it for about 6000 years … which would mean that Fido has been eating it for 5999 years, 11 months, and 29 days. You can make jerky out of chicken, turkey, fish, beef, or sweet potato. Cut it into thin strips, and cook on low heat—usually about 250F—for several hours.
Combine canned turkey or chicken with bacon bits, organic baby food, whole wheat flour, and sodium-free broth. Divide into small portions and cook for 15 minutes at 375F. Done!
You can now buy Fido his own wafflemaker! These are great for making dog cookies. The griddles on these are shaped like bones. (This is of course cute, but it’s also a good way to ensure no one gets your pet’s cookies mixed up with regular ones!)
All of these recipes can be customized to suit your pup’s tastes. You can also mix and match, or create new ones. The biggest thing is to stick with safe ingredients. Never use garlic or onions, grapes or raisins, chocolate, avocado, caffeine, alcohol, or xylitol. Don’t give Fido any of the raw dough, either!
Happy Holidays from Barker Animal Hospital, your Virginia Beach, VA pet clinic. Please contact us anytime!