If you’re anything like us, the best part of any meal is the dessert. Whether it’s a hearty bowl of ice cream or a chocolatey piece of fudge, the after meal treat has us licking our lips. We’re not the only ones eyeing our dessert though. While we indulge on sweets, our four legged friends watch intently waiting for a small piece to fall. Not all desserts are good for your pets, some, like chocolate, are harmful and potentially deadly. To keep our furry friends around as long as possible, we’ve compiled this list of a few of our favorite pet friendly desserts.
Fruits & Vegetables
Not only are fruits and vegetables a great and healthy dessert for humans, many are also beneficial to a dog’s health. Here are a few great options for you pooch:
Your canine will love these delicious snacks and they provide many useful vitamins such as Vitamin A, B-6, and C. They’re also great sources of fiber and potassium and low in fat. Even with healthy snacks like fruits & vegetables, be sure to give in moderation. Like all treats outside of a dog’s normal diet, keep an eye on them after consumption in case of any potential allergies.
Next time you bake a batch of cookies, make them dog friendly! Double check the ingredients (and with your vet!) to make sure there are no harmful additives. In general, homemade cookies made without chocolate are safe. Try making Pumpkin cookies!
It’s no secret that dogs love peanut butter. Not only does it taste great, but it’s a great source for protein and vitamins for your pup. While peanut butter is mainly used to sneak your dog’s pills or keep them busy with a Kong, it’s a great treat they can enjoy for dessert. Before you go off giving your dog spoonfuls, be sure to check the label. An artificial sweetener known as Xylitol has been found to be harmful to dogs and it’s in some brands of peanut butter. No Xylitol? No problem. Don’t be afraid to combine peanut butter with some of the fruits mentioned above, it makes a super treat your pet will love.
During the summer months, keep you and your pet cool with some healthy fruit popsicles. Add yogurt, which is good for you and your pup’s digestive tract. Choose pet friendly fruits, like strawberries and bananas. Be careful that you include a few popsicle stick free options, your dog may eat the wooden stick and that can hurt them.
If you aren’t in the mood to bake, there are a few dog bakery options in the Largo and St. Petersburg area! Check out Woof Gang Bakery to pick up some tasty dog-friendly treats.