A comprehensive guide to baking homemade dog treats.
Bring out those rolled oats and peanut butter, it’s treat time; Uh-oh, before you get excited about your indulgence, let us clarify - this one’s for the Fidos!
Baking a homemade dog treat comes with a wide array of benefits; from knowing the exact ingredients you are using to tailoring it to your dog’s liking, there’s little that can go wrong about this. But that little does leave a wide scope for some hazards that cost your dog conditions that may be absolutely unanticipated. Read on to know how you to avoid hazards while baking homemade dog treats!
As much as this sounds like a no-brainer, it is easy to give in to your dog’s excitement who knows something’s cooking up for him. Lacking the sense of baking equipment and a functional kitchen, dogs stand at a high chance of getting injured. Thus, while baking their treats, steer them off the kitchen!
- Check the quality of your baking gear
Baking equipment, especially moulds are made using the industrial chemical called Bisphenol A (BPA). They are widely used to line the metal storage and other cooking equipment like baking moulds. In dogs, this chemical has been noted to cause several health problems, the most severe being cancer! There are several BPA-free baking equipment available that are a safe alternative.
- Ensure the ingredients you are using are safe
While baking a treat for your dog you are very likely to want to sweeten it a little but what you must be cautious of is the kind of sweetening ingredient you are using. Chemicals like Xylitol can have life-threatening effects on your dog. You can read the dangers of Xylitol and other unsafe food items here.
- Cooking at the right temperature
Cookie dough may not be as harmful to you as your dog! Thus while cooking for your dog, you must ensure that the treat is being baked at the right temperature. The right amount of heat kills various bacteria and pathogens that may be present in ingredients you plan to use - like eggs. Anything around 165 degrees is a good temperature to kill them germs!
- Find an alternative to conventional fat
For all those concerned about obesity or generally prefer cooking a low-calorie treat for their dog, conventional baking fat like butter or cheese must be skipped. Coconut or canola oil can be viable choices, which also possess essential nutrients like Omega 3 and 6 acids that aid in a shinier and healthier coat!
Finally, don’t forget to have a word with your pet before you embark on a baking spree only to be alarmed by a bothersome condition later. Knowing your pet’s medical history, the vet can be the best source for the do’s and don’ts while baking homemade dog treats.
Bearing in mind just these few points can go a long way in ensuring not only your pet’s much-awaited treat is safe and healthy, but also that Fido will be safe and sound. Not to mention, a delightful baking time that you will experience!