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It is officially December and time for holiday treats, so why not get your pup in on the action? Table scraps and baked goods are typically no-nos for your canine best friend, but there are many simple and dog-friendly recipes out there to show your dog (or the pups of friends and family) some extra love this season. The first thing to keep in mind is watching out for ingredients that can be harmful to dogs; this includes raisins, grapes, chocolate, and for some dogs, gluten-containing grains such as wheat and barley. If your dog is routinely fed a food that includes these grains without any adverse effects, then you should be in the clear. But if you opt for a grain free dog food for his daily meals, then it would be wise to choose grain-free treat recipes as well.
Rachel Ray is well known for her recipes and kitchen tips, and she is also the purveyor of a line of dog food and treats. But what about her website’s trove of dog-targeted recipes? One pup owner decided to make and review several of her recipes under the pen name of Oscar (Oscar is his dog). He takes a look at recipes such as the Power Pooch Smoothie and Sweet Pooch Pancakes. Interestingly, when author Seamus McKiernan ran the recipes past his trusted vet Dr. Bradley T. Emott of New York City, the concoctions were given the greenlight. However, his vet did caution that “dogs have sensitive GI systems. If you’re going to feed them human food, try to avoid anything rich or too fatty, oily, or spicy” (the full writeup can be found here: http://firstwefeast.com/eat/rachael-ray-dog-recipes-reviewed-by-an-actual-dog/).
Rather than taking on an entire entrée as a treat for your pup, perhaps a quick and more mild cookie recipe will do? Whole Foods Market offers a very straightforward banana peanut butter
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Many pet parents enjoy treating their pet to a table scrap but there are some foods you should avoid when sharing your dinner with Fido. Foods and drinks you digest easily, like the following, can cause trouble for your pooch:
Dinner rolls — Dough expands in the stomach, creating distressing gas.
Onions and garlic — These flavor enhancers contain a compound that could damage a dog’s red blood cells, causing anemia.
Rich sauces — Gravy upsets the stomach and may lead to pancreatitis.
Bones — Sharp pieces of bone can choke a dog or pierce or block her gastrointestinal tract.
Alcohol — Even slightly spiked eggnog can be toxic, so don’t leave any drinks unattended.
Grapes and Raisins — Can cause canine kidney failure
Chocolate — Can cause vomiting, diarrhea, panting, abnormal heart beat, tremors, seizures or even death.
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