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Prepare quick, delicious snacks for your dog.
Your precious pup waits patiently as you dice pieces of chicken on the cutting board. Tongue wagging, tail swinging, she lets out sad groans until you drop a scrap on the floor.
Do you know if your dog should eat uncooked meat, though? Some foods could give her an upset stomach or cause vomiting, choking, and toxic reactions.
Before we share a few safe and simple dog treat recipes, we’ll show you which foods should be avoided or limited when you feed your dog.
What foods should I never give my dog?
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) created a long list of human foods dogs should never eat. Don’t feed these things to your dog:
- Citrus fruits
- Coffee and caffeine
- Grapes and raisins
- Lemons and limes
- Macadamia nuts
- Onion, garlic, and chives
- Raw yeast dough
- Raw eggs
- Raw or undercooked meat
- Salty snack foods
- Xylitol (a sweetener in many products like gum, candy, and baked goods)
What foods should I limit?
Some foods are only safe for your dog in small quantities. Limit the following ingredients when feeding your dog or making treats:
- Cottage cheese
What foods are safe for my dog?
Don’t add seasoning to anything you prepare for your dog. Remove seeds from fruits and vegetables because they could cause indigestion. Cook meat to complete doneness, and serve reasonable portions.
Even when an ingredient appears on a “safe” list, your dog may have food allergies or special dietary needs. Talk to a veterinarian to address your questions and concerns. These foods get the green light in most cases:
- Boneless chicken
- Lean beef
- Shrimp (remove shell and tail before serving)
- Turkey (not seasoned)
- Bell peppers
- Green peas
- Sweet potatoes
- Cooked eggs
- Peanut butter
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) recommends that treats make up 10% or less of your dog’s daily intake. Too many treats could cause obesity, which often leads to:
- Liver problems
- Skin diseases
To clarify, we use “dog treat” as a general term to describe snacks, not necessarily dog biscuits.
4 Dog Treat Recipes
Now that you have guidelines to work with, let’s get to the dog treat recipes!
Apples and Peanut Butter
Are you looking for a quick and healthy treat to feed your furry friend? Apples and peanut butter will do the trick. Apples are packed with antioxidants, vitamin A, and vitamin C, and peanut butter is a great source of healthy fats and protein. When you purchase a jar of this delicious spread, reach for the all-natural version that doesn’t contain added salt or sugar.
This is the simplest recipe on the list because all you have to do is:
- Cut the apple in thin slices.
- Remove the seeds and core.
- Spread all-natural peanut butter on the slices.
- Share with your dog.
Chicken and Wild Rice
Follow these steps to prepare the rice:
- Take 1 cup of wild rice and 3 cups of water and pour them into a saucepan.
- Place a lid on the saucepan and bring the water to a boil over medium-high heat.
- After you turn the heat down to low, simmer the rice for 45 minutes.
- When the rice is fully cooked, drain the water from the saucepan.
Here’s how to cook the chicken:
- Pour 1 tablespoon of olive oil into a frying pan, and let the oil sit over medium heat for 1 minute.
- Add 2 boneless chicken breasts and cook them for 6 minutes on each side.
- The chicken should be white throughout. If you want to take extra precaution, use a meat thermometer to measure the temperature of the chicken. It should be 165° F.
- Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes before cutting it into small cubes.
Mix the chicken with the rice, and your dish is done! This recipe generates a good amount of leftovers, too.
Scrambled Eggs With Peppers
Whip up this egg dish in a snap:
- Wash a green bell pepper and cut it in half.
- Throw away the seeds as you cut the half-pepper into small squares.
- Set the cut pepper to the side.
- Crack two eggs into a small bowl and whisk the yolks.
- Add ½ a tablespoon of olive oil to a frying pan and heat it over medium heat for a minute.
- Add the eggs and pepper.
- Cook until the eggs are yellow and fluffy.
- Serve it!
Peanut Butter Pooch Bites
These bites are similar to peanut butter cookies, except you leave out the sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
Follow these steps:
- Preheat oven to 350° F.
- Mix 1 ¼ cups hot water and 1 cup of oats in a bowl.
- Mix in ½ cup peanut butter.
- Slowly add 2 cups of flour to the mix as you stir.
- Use a cookie scoop or ice cream scoop to separate the dough into drops on a cookie sheet.
- Flatten the cookie dough drops using a fork.
- Bake the cookies for 40 minutes.
- Let the peanut butter pooch bites cool before you serve them for your lucky pup.
Your dog will have a happy belly when you prepare these safe and simple recipes.
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