What to avoid
Dog tummies can be sensitive. Some ingredients can make dogs sick, so you should avoid them when making dog treats at home:
Just like humans, dogs can have allergies to foods. If you suspect an allergy but can't identify its trigger, take your dog to the vet to figure it out.
Common allergens in dogs include:
Note: If your dog has an allergy to any of these, it may develop mild itchiness or diarrhea.
Prepare treats that are appropriate for the size of your dog (i.e., smaller treats for smaller dogs). If you make larger treats, break them in pieces for small dogs.
Dogs have likes and dislikes just as we do, so let your dog sample a few ingredients you might use in your homemade dog treats to make sure they like them. Favorite foods of dogs include peanut butter, liver (in small amounts), salmon and pumpkin.
Fats, sugars & salts
To prevent your dog from gaining weight or having blood pressure problems, don't use too much sugar, salt or fat (such as oil and butter) when making treats. Remember that sugar and artificial sweeteners also can cause tooth decay. Dogs don't have taste buds like ours, anyway, so they don't need salt or sugar to enjoy their food.
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