(Closed) Is it okay to give our puppy "treat" meals?

posted 4 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I’ve had dogs all my life and have always done this. They’re healthy and happy and this is the rule for every dog that lives in a farm. Go ahead 😀

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

I have two dogs and I do this sometimes. If it’s a holiday (Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc.) then I always make them a little puppy meal and occassionally I will give them something else instead of their regular food. If I’m making stock or something or if I have a bunch of chicken I will make them chicken and rice.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Chicken (no bones or sauces) and plain rice shouldn’t upset any tummies- unless there are unkown allergies.

I would suggest to feed this ‘treat’ meal in his own bowl at his usual feed time though.  We aren’t opposed to giving our dogs bread crust or a piece of cheese that fell on the floor, but we never ever feed them from our plate or in the kitchen. 

Post # 7
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Honey bee

Table scraps are fine one in a while as a treat, I wouldnt make it a regular thing though.

My grandparents dog’s favorite meal was spaghetti and meatballs…

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Plain chicken is fine 🙂  Just do small bits and make sure you’re not feeding the full amount of regular food.  There’s a reason so many dogs are obese, and it’s directly related to table scraps and treats.  Wet and dry foods are both fine, again just watch how much you’re giving.  Most dogs don’t have the sense to stop when they’re full, they’ll clean the dish no matter how much is there.  So if your normal feeding is 1/2c dry, you don’t want to give him a quarter can of wet food PLUS 1/2c dry. 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

We have two dogs, one with a very sensitive stomach and the other who can eat anything no problem.  With our dog that has a sensitive stomach and an allergy to pork and lamb we’re very careful about what we give him as he’ll often become sick within a few hours of eating either one of those.  Our other dog has zero problems at all and though I don’t give either of them an entire meal of plain chicken and rice, I will mix it in with some of their regular dry food as a treat and that seems to work well.  I also sometimes give them apple, sweet potato and banana as a treat.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

You can, but I wouldn’t. Why mess with a good thing? It’s a dog- it is not like a person who gets tired of eating the same thing every day. If you are having no feeding issues I wouldn’t go and change things up and possibly create one/. 

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

Just make sure not to include anything that dogs specifically shouldn’t have, like onions, or lots of garlic. Also, I am not at all trying to flame you, but I think that your current “treat” meal of mixing wet and dry together sounds like a better diet for him than just feeding him dry (which is what it sounds like is what you usually do?)! It’s not actually very good for dogs to just eat dry food. We found that paying for wet food all the time was outrageous though so we ended up buying a doggy cook book. It has easy nutritional recipes and a supplement recipe as well that you add to all the meals to make sure he gets his vitamins.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

Another thing that my dogs LOVE is pumpkin! I make pumpkin cookies a lot and I always give them a spoonful and they go nuts for it.

One of my dogs has a super sensitive stomach so she gets sick very easily, but I have never had issues with chicken, plain rice, veggies (she loves lettuce!) and pumpkin.

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@MrsPanda99:  Whew!  You didn’t mention in your op that it would be a regular meal otherwise 🙂  I can’t stand when dogs harass you the entire time you’re trying to eat!  DH’s parents feed their dogs people food ALL.THE.TIME and when we sit down to eat they are all in a frenzy and barking and howling… very distracting :/

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I love to cook  special meals for my dog! I avoid grains but will give her plain brown rice when she is sick and mix it in with cooked chicken – no spices.

For special occasions my dog LOVES vegetables with her meals. I will often give fresh veggies to her raw in small amounts, like carrots, and peppers. But cooked is better when giving them a mix because the raw enzymes are a little less potent. My dog also loves raw fruit, like berries, citrus, bananas, apple slices. These things are wonderful to give them in general to compliment thier dry food diet. Another special treat are raw marrow and knuckle bones – these are great as they are nutricious, gives your dog an activity to keep them busy with, and even cleans thier teeth.

There are a lot of things to always avoid giving them – raw (or even cooked garlic), onions, grapes, green tomatos and vines, cooked bones of any kind, pork bones, chocolate, potatoes (sweet potatos and pumkin IS GREAT for them though).

 

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