One of Chloe’s coolest tricks is that she can high five. I taught her how to do that using spinach, which is now her favorite treat besides frosted pupcakes. From what I have read and heard, the jury seems to be out with professionals on the virtues of feeding Fido a vegan diet, but like many other instances, perhaps it is only an out dated view of proper health and nutrition. I still believe in doing some more hunting about before choosing to shift our dogs fully to a vegan diet, but we dabble in offering plant-based treats to them daily. They love them and continue to “ask” for them right alongside the more traditional meaty or cheesy varietals.
It’s important to double check which foods may be toxic or just don’t agree with doggie digestive systems before forging ahead, but that is easily done by visiting authoritative information on animal welfare sites like the Humane Society of the United States dangerous foods to pets page here.
You can also take cues for good ideas from labels on organic and natural dog treat ingredients available in pet stores. We have found that spinach, carrots, peanut butter, peas, watermelon and other foods appeal to Sparky and Chloe. In addition to giving these treats in their food or for exemplary behavior, we have been so bold as to replace cheese with nutritional yeast in homemade dog bones and they went wild.
A recent article in VegNews provides a few recipes for making vegan dog treats at home that sound perfectly delicious. They also provide tips for some foods to steer clear of when whipping up treats. See article: DIY vegan dog treats.
Please share if you try any of these treats or have any vegan treat (dog or cat) recipes of your own to share.
Have a delicious day.
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