Did you know that February 23rd may be your dog’s favorite day? It’s Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day! If there’s one thing Fido is definitely appreciative of, it’s treats. While store-bought treats are fine, you can also make your pet’s snacks. A local Scottsdale, AZ vet offers tips on making dog biscuits below.

Get A Cute Mold

If you enjoy baking, it may be worth your while to pick up a cookie cutter and freezer mold for Fido. These will make your pup’s treats look really cute! Plus, this will let others know that these are dog treats, not people treats.

Customize Fido’s Snacks

One benefit of making homemade dog treats is that you will be able to customize your pet’s treats to suit his tastes. Of course, your pooch would probably be thrilled with fatty treats filled with bacon, but that really wouldn’t be good for him. Ask your vet for tips on percentages of protein, fat, carbs, and other ingredients. 

Mix And Match

There are plenty of great dog biscuit recipes online. You can try them as is, or mix and match. Many biscuit recipes start with a base. Some good options here are natural peanut butter, plain yogurt, pureed pumpkin, liver powder, sodium-free broth, ripe bananas, and/or organic baby food. You can also include things like plain, boneless meat; canned tuna, salmon, or chicken; or chopped liver. For ‘toppings,’ include things like bacon bits, egg, cheese, and cooked, unseasoned meat, fish, or poultry. Experiment a bit, and see what gets the most tail wags.

Avoid Unsafe Ingredients

Keep in mind that not all foods are safe for dogs. Some things on the no-no list include garlic, onions, scallions, and chives; caffeine; chocolate; avocado; grapes, currants, and raisins; alcohol; and xylitol. Raw meat or dough is also unsafe. Ask your vet for more information.

Give A Gift

Dog biscuits can also make great gifts for Fido’s four-legged friends. Put some in mason jars, and tie a pretty ribbon around them to make them look nice. You can dole these out whenever someone you know adopts a dog. Or, hand them out to friends and family members with dogs around the holidays, or on fun occasions like National Shelter Dog Birthday, Love Your Pet Day, or Dog Party Day.

Please reach out to us, your local Scottsdale, AZ animal hospital, anytime. We are always here to help!