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by Genevieve Mellott

Treats that leave them wanting more, from the bottom of your heart

There’s a lot of information out there about what is and is not good for dogs to eat‭. ‬I have heard everything from‭ ‬“chocolate isn’t so bad”‭ ‬to‭ ‬“one bite of chocolate is fatal‭,‬”‭ ‬and “grain is good for dogs” to‭ ‬“grain is a no-no‭.‬”‭ ‬So how do we know the truth‭? ‬Well‭, ‬first of all‭, ‬just like people‭, ‬individual dogs can have allergies and sensitivities to all‭ ‬sorts of things‭. ‬Overall‭, ‬however‭, ‬there are some things known over time either to be safe and healthy for our canine companions‭ ‬or toxic and even fatal‭. ‬So‭, ‬when I wanted to know what I can safely feed my pups‭, ‬I looked to the American Kennel Club‭ (‬AKC‭.) ‬No‭, ‬my pets aren’t registered with them and wouldn’t qualify‭, ‬but the organization has been around a long time priding itself on breeding and education‭. ‬I figure whatever is good for a fancy dog is good enough for mine‭! (‬Actually‭, ‬the AKC has a lot of resources on its website that are not limited to registered dogs‭.)‬

The following are a few interesting takeaways‭:‬

1‭ – ‬Grains are fine and actually healthy for dogs that don’t have a sensitivity‭. ‬Opt for whole grains‭.‬

2‭ – ‬Ham and cheese are ok‭, ‬but due to the sodium content‭, ‬use in moderation‭.‬

3‭ – ‬Peanut butter is fine‭ (‬because it’s from a legume‭) ‬but watch the additives like salt‭, ‬sugar‭, ‬and xylitol‭. ‬Xylitol is toxic to dogs‭.‬

4‭ – ‬Tree nuts are iffy‭. ‬Almonds are tough enough to tear a dog’s esophagus‭, ‬so avoid those‭. ‬Some nuts are ok‭, ‬such as cashews‭, ‬but they can be covered in enough salt to cause problems‭. ‬Nuts are also high in fat that can lead to weight gain‭. ‬Scarily‭, ‬macadamia nuts are one of the most toxic foods for dogs‭. (‬In my house‭ ‬I think we’ll just skip the nuts‭.)‬

5‭ – ‬Coconut is actually good for dogs and can help bad breath‭.‬

6‭ – ‬Cooked eggs are good for dogs‭; ‬raw eggs are not‭. ‬Raw egg white can cause biotin deficiency‭. ‬Who knew‭?‬

7‭ – ‬Yes‭, ‬chocolate is toxic‭. ‬Don’t let your dog eat it‭.‬

With these things in mind‭, ‬I created a recipe that my dogs love‭, ‬and it’s pretty easy to whip up‭. ‬You’ll notice it has mayonnaise in it‭, ‬which is mostly oil and egg‭. ‬If you would rather fumble with an egg and some oil‭, ‬be my guest‭. ‬Keep in mind these are meant to be treats‭, ‬so use sparingly‭. ‬And all this stuff is human food‭, ‬so yeah‭, ‬I tried them‭. ‬They’re no Girl Scout cookies‭, ‬but they are good for your fur baby‭. ‬I hope your pups like these treats as much as mine do‭!‬

Savory Parmesan Dog Cookies

1/2‭ ‬c coconut flour

2‭ ‬TBSP grated parmesan

1/4‭ ‬cup good quality mayo

1/4‭ – ‬1/3‭ ‬cup‭  ‬cold water

Preheat oven to 375‭ ‬degrees‭. ‬Mix all ingredients until a stiff dough forms‭. ‬Coconut flour dough is fragile‭, ‬but it will be the right consistency just when you can press it together and it stays together‭. ‬Roll out between two pieces of wax paper until it’s between 1/8-inch and 1/4-inch thick‭. ‬Cut out with your favorite medium cookie cutter‭, ‬gently tapping the cutter to drop the cookie‭ ‬onto a parchment or silicone mat-lined baking sheet‭. ‬Bake 12-14‭ ‬minutes or until edges are golden brown‭. ‬Let cool before treating your dog‭. ‬Save leftovers in an air-tight container‭. ‬Makes 12-14‭ ‬medium-sized dog cookies‭.‬

To read more of the article from the AKC‭, ‬visit akc.org/expert-advice/nutrition/human-foods-dogs-can-and-cant-eat‭/‬