There’s a pretty cute doggy holiday around the corner. February 23rd Is Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day! We’re pretty sure that there will be tails wagging all over the place when this cute day rolls around. In fact, this may very well be Fido’s favorite holiday. A local Seminole, FL vet discusses dog biscuits below.
Dog biscuits have changed quite a bit over the years. An American named James Spratt is credited with creating the modern biscuit in the 1800’s, after seeing hungry dogs searching for food. That early prototype consisted of meat, grains, and veggies, and was named the “Meat Fibrine Dog Cake.” The biscuit got a makeover in 1908, when the F. H. Bennett Biscuit Co. of New York changed the recipe to include cows’ milk. Thus, the Milk Bone was born.
Biscuits make great training aids. Rewarding Fido with a yummy snack when he does something right is a great way to help his petucation stick! Plus, this will also strengthen your pup’s bond to you, by making him feel loved. Of course, biscuits are also just a good way to brighten up your furry pal’s day up, and get that cute tail going.
Why not try your hand at making Fido’s snacks? There are lots of recipes available online. You can mix and match, or even make your own. Just stick with ingredients that are safe for Fido. For a base, you can use plain yogurt, sodium-free broth, natural peanut butter, pureed pumpkin, or shredded meat or poultry. You can also add things like bacon bits, cheese, eggs, and liver powder. Ask your vet for more information.
We can’t really discuss dog treats without at least touching on Fido’s penchant for begging. Man’s Best Friend is quite the little actor! We know, that sad puppy expression is adorable, but you aren’t doing your pup any favors by overindulging him. Treats should only make up about 5 percent of your pet’s daily intake.
Not all foods are safe for dogs. Never give Fido anything that contains garlic, onions, scallions, or chives; alcohol; avocado; caffeine; chocolate; or grapes, currants, or raisins. Meat on the bone is also unsafe, as are raw meat and dough, and anything containing xylitol. Ask your vet for more information.
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