Treating your dog to something special at mealtime is one of the best perks of pet parenthood. Unfortunately, there are a number of foods that can make your dog sick or even be downright deadly. Dogs have a much different physiology than humans, making it impossible for them to metabolize certain foods and medications like we do. Because of that, pet parents have to be very careful about what they feed their furry family members.
Here are our favorite foods and recipes for doggie-friendly treats that will make tails wag.
- Sweet potatoes: Full of fiber and iron, sweet potatoes can aid digestion and keep your dog’s intestinal bacterial balance in check.
- Plain yogurt: Another food that can help keep dogs’ tummies happy. Flavored yogurts are often full of sugar and can lead to unwanted gastritis or other bellyaches. But plain yogurt is low in sugar and brimming with beneficial bacteria that can work wonders for sensitive tummies and even temporary bouts of diarrhea. Keep a special container in the fridge just for your pup.
- Bananas: Potassium is an important element in a dog’s diet, and it can help very active dogs recover after a day full of running, swimming or hiking. For a fun summer treat, pop a banana in the freezer for a cool, delicious summertime treat.
- Apples: Adding cubed apples to your dog’s food is an easy way to appease a picky pup. Be sure to serve the apples without the seeds or core, as they can contain chemical compounds that are poisonous to animals.
- Frozen fruit: Frozen blueberries, strawberries, seedless watermelon and cantaloupe are all perfectly safe, sweet treats for your perky puppy. Add a combination of these fruits to a popsicle mold and fill with water to make a fun “pupsicle” for those hot summer days.
- Green beans and carrots: Raw or cooked, these veggies provide a satisfying crunch and make meals a very special treat. If you’re serving raw carrots, just make sure to cut them up into bite-sized pieces.
- Canned pumpkin: Canned pumpkin, much like sweet potatoes, is full of healthy fiber. Mix with your dog’s dry food for a very special meal.
Try some of these SampleHouse recipes as a special weekend treat or even for your pup’s birthday!
Sweet Potato Chews
Just wash, peel and slice up some sweet potatoes into strips and dehydrate them in the oven at 150 degrees for six to eight hours, and you’ll have some chewy, delicious treats perfect for hungry dogs.
DIY Doggie Ice Cream
Mix a banana with a 4-ounce container of vanilla yogurt and 2 ounces of water. Pour the mixture into ice cube trays, and in a few hours, you’ll have a delicious batch of doggie ice cream.
Doggie Meatloaf Sliders
Combine a half-pound of ground beef with one egg, a half-cup of finely chopped flat-leaf parsley and a tablespoon of olive oil. Form the meat into patties and grill ‘em up for about eight minutes. Yum!