Holiday Cooking for Fido

Do you do a lot of cooking and baking around the holidays? Why not incorporate Fido into your traditional holiday cooking? Offering your canine buddy some yummy, homemade goodies made just for him is bound to get that furry tail going. An Upper Arlington, OH veterinarian offers advice on cooking for dogs in this article.

What To Include

Look for recipes that contain only ingredients that are safe for our canine friends. Cooked, plain meat, without the bones or fat, is suitable for our furry pals. Beef, lamb, turkey, steak, chicken, and salmon are all good options. Peanut butter, banana, yogurt, cooked eggs, wheat germ, sodium-free beef or chicken broth, and small bits of cheese are more suitable choices. You can also include cooked beans, peas, carrots, or potatoes. Avoid giving your pet raw foods, unless your vet specifically recommends it. A little bacon or sausage is okay, but don’t overindulge your four-legged buddy with these fatty meats.

Recipe Ideas

You can find a plethora of great recipes just for Fido online. Consider making your pooch muttloaf, which is quite a bit like regular meatloaf, but customized for dogs. You can also make your pup doggy eggnog. Start with a base of Greek Yogurt, honey, and wheat germ, and sprinkle bacon bits or crumbled-up doggy treats on top to make it look nice and festive. Homemade doggy snacks are another wonderful option. These also make a great gift for Fido’s canine pals! Put them in a pretty, decorative jar to add some holiday flair to these special cookies.

What To Avoid

Many of our favorite foods are toxic to dogs. Garlic, onions, scallions, and chives are all bad for Fido, so avoid these common ingredients. Grapes, currants, and raisins are on the no-no list as well, as they are extremely toxic to Man’s Best Friend. You’ll also want to avoid giving your furbaby chocolate; caffeine; alcohol; raw dough, meat, or veggies; avocados; and macadamia nuts; as well as anything that contains xylitol. Of course, dogs can also be allergic to specific items, so if you know or suspect that your pet has food allergies, you’ll need to be extra careful with what you feed him.

Happy Holidays! All of us here at your Upper Arlington, OH animal hospital want to wish you a wonderful holiday season. Please contact us for all your dog’s veterinary care needs.