Sunday, February 9, 2014
Little Snacks for Little Puppies
We all like to snack. I have to confess that I do and I think it is terribly unfair that since I had a little accident with my leg I am not quite as active and seem to be on a perpetual diet. Those little cookies they offer me for coming and sitting nicely are always pitiful and small.
However there are healthy snacks for dogs such as myself and small puppies that won't wreck the diet plan. Vegetables! I know that human children would usually prefer a chocolate chip cookie to a carrot stick, but puppies are not usually that fussy. A little piece of raw vegetable can be quite an attractive offering.
The best veg for puppies are carrots, yams, zucchini, beets and green or yellow beans. Some veg such as potatoes are not as good. Pieces of apple and pear are also a nice treat. My friend Sophie will wait for hours just to be given the apple core left by some human apple eater.
When puppy comes home he should be able to eat dry kibble. If he can eat this easily he can eat pieces of vegetable. Make sure he isn't eating so fast that he tends to choke. Sometimes a big carrot to chew on is actually better than a small piece. When puppy is five months old it shouldn't be a choking problem but I am always careful with young puppies.
Often even organic produce is coated with yucky waxy stuff. Make sure you wash the fruit and vegetables for puppy just as you would for people.
Now I think I'll go and see if somebody will give me a snack, maybe a piece of yam or zucchini (I could do with a piece of cheese if the truth be known).