Cooking for Fido

Today, November 1st, is Cook For Your Pets Day. Fido would be happy to celebrate this one! Many of our canine patients basically teleport to their humans’ feet when dinner is being made. If you like cooking, you can definitely make a few things for your furry friend. However, there are a few things to consider. A local London, ON vet lists some of them below. 

Dog Food 

There are some benefits to making Fido his own food. You’ll be able to monitor the quality of your pet’s meals. You’ll also know exactly what your furry pal is eating. This is also a good option for dogs that need specific diets. 


You’ll find many recipes for dog food and treats online. However, some of these contain things that actually aren’t good for Fido, like garlic and onions. Make sure to only use things that are safe for your furry friend. We also recommend asking your vet for specific advice on things like protein and fat percentages. 


Dogs are technically omnivores. (This shouldn’t be a surprise. After all, Fido will eat just about anything.) However, the bulk of your pet’s diet should be made of meat, fish, or poultry. Most things that fall into those categories are fine. Just don’t go overboard with processed meats. Also, limit organ meats, like kidney. These are okay in small amounts, but can be dangerous if fed too often. In addition to the main course, your pup can also have things like peas, spinach, pureed pumpkin, wheat germ, and small amounts of cheese or eggs. However, not everything in your kitchen is safe for Fido. Never give your pooch garlic, onion, scallions, or chives; grapes, currants, or raisins; chocolate; xylitol; nuts; mushrooms; avocado; pitted fruits; meat on the bone; or raw dough. Ask your vet for more information.


Want to get Fido’s cute tail going? Make him some dog treats! For a base, you can use any combination of the following foods: liver powder; bacon grease; natural peanut butter; plain yogurt; sodium-free broth; ripe bananas; pureed pumpkin; shredded or pureed meat; cheese; organic gravy; or baby food. You can also add things like bacon bits or pieces of kibble. Divide into small portions, and bake until hard. Instant happy pup! 

Please contact us, your London, ON vet clinic, for all your dog’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help! 

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