If your house is anything like mine during the holidays, it’s filled with plenty of treats, many of which are not so doggie friendly.
Chocolate seems to be a new food group, decorations draped on every surface, sticky little hands are ripe for the licking and you’re doing everything you can to keep Fido a tails reach from doggie disaster.
Like it or not, as the holiday season kicks into gear, you are likely to find yourself saying “no” to your dog a bit more than you like, but here are some great, safe treats, you can say “yes” to.
If you want to give your dog a taste of the season, pumpkin is a great option. Rich in fiber, zinc, iron, potassium and beta-carotene, pumpkin is healthy and also great for digestion. 1-3 tablespoons make a perfect treat over food or you can bake it into a tasty treat. Make sure to feed your dog only the cooked inner portion or plain canned pumpkin.
Apples are delicious this time of year and are one of the few fruits available in stores. Another great source of potassium and fiber, they can be fed to your dog raw in small quantities or cooked down for an even tastier treat. Cut up apples and cook them till soft in an inch of water for a warm treat you and your dog can both enjoy.
Another special seasonal treat, cranberries are an excellent source of vitamins A, B and C. Excellent for urinary tract infections, they are also just a general healthy treat. Feed your dog one or two at a time and make sure they are fresh (dried cranberries contain additives and sugar which are not safe for your dogs). Like the apples, you can also cook them down into a more palatable snack.
I love to eat food that reminds me of the time of year and while your dog might not care what flavor feels like fall or winter, it's always nice to take advantage of fresh and seasonal offerings.
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