Purchasing commercial dog treats is a hit or miss proposition. Most of these products are packed with salt, sugar, preservatives, flavorings and color. So how can you treat your dog without giving her something that will contribute to poor health? One option is to make your own homemade dog treats. There are many dog treat recipe online that are quick and easy to make, even if you’re a beginner.
Baking DIY dog treats won’t mean much if your pup is harmed in the process. To keep them safe, here are some precautions you should remember to avoid accidents and foodborne illnesses:
- The kitchen can be a dangerous place for dogs as they don’t understand the concept of hot stoves and ovens. Keep your dog safe while you bake by securing the area with a dog gate.
- Avoid using baking molds that contain BPA, a contaminant linked to cancer and other health maladies.
- Don’t use toxic ingredients such as chocolate, garlic, onions, raisins, and xylitol.
- Cook homemade dog treats to an adequate temperature to eliminate potential pathogens, such as salmonella.
The ingredients that humans enjoy are not necessarily good or even satisfying for dogs. For example, there’s no need to add frostings or sugars. Avoiding fat is also very important, as some pups can develop pancreatitis with high-fat treats and foods. There are many veggie and fruit ingredients that you can include to your homemade dog treats like broccoli, carrots, summer squash, zucchini, Brussels sprouts, pumpkin, cucumber, celery, spinach, kale, dandelion greens, apple, peaches, pears, strawberries, blueberries, and bananas.