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Dog Friendly Tips: Innovative Ways to Stuff a Dog Toy


We've all got our tried and true tactics and toys for keeping our pups entertained while we're away for the day, but what about filling some of those dog toys with tasty and nutritious treats? Here are just a few recipes, courtesy of the ASPCA, to try at home that'll keep your dog satisfied, happy and healthy during the day.

The Basic

This is a great treat to freeze overnight for your dog - it'll last longer with a frozen filling!

Ingredients:
- Dry dog food
- Canned dog food
- A special treat or "dessert" item i.e. a cube of freeze-dried liver or jerky
- A spoonful of peanut butter, processed or cream cheese

Directions:

Place the special treat in the bottom of the toy, which should be hollow. In a bowl, mix a small amount of dry food with a few spoonfuls of wet food. Fill the toy with the mixture and seal the food in side with a small spoonful of peanut butter, processed or cream cheese.


Itchy Dog Toy

Unfortunately, dogs with food allergies must limit the types of treats and dog toys that are in their diet. This recipe, when made with foods approved for eating by your veterinarian, will keep him full and allergy-free.

Ingredients:
- Dry dog food (prescription, if that's what your dog needs)
- Canned dog food (prescription if needed) or a few spoonfuls of water
- Grated, steamed or raw asparagus, broccoli, zucchini or carrots
- Sliced or chopped apple, banana, watermelon, cantaloupe, strawberries, blueberries or orange
- A hypoallergenic biscuit
- A chopped, baked russet or sweet potato
- Refried beans

Directions:

Drop a small portion of fruit into the bottom of the toy. In a separate bowl, mix the dry dog food with water or wet food and the veggies. Put a large spoonful of the mixture into the toy then put in a piece of potato. Repeat layering the mix and potato until the toy is nearly full. Top it off with the biscuit and a small bit of refried beans and serve frozen or at room temperature.


Warm Veggie Delight

Take advantage of any extra veggies you have in your fridge or garden and use them in a healthy homemade snack for your pup.

Ingredients:
- Cauliflower, broccoli, asparagus, zucchini, yellow squash, bell peppers, green beans, tomatoes, peas or carrots (use as many as you'd like or have handy)
- Grated parmesan cheese

Directions:

Chop, grate, steam or mash the vegetables and mix together. Put a small layer into the toy, then a layer of cheese until the dog toy is full. Microwave the toy for five to eight seconds, until the veggies are warm and the cheese is soft (make sure it's not too hot if serving immediately) and serve or freeze over night before serving.


Fido's Fruit Salad

Same story here, you can use any fruit you have available or may be a little overripe for eating yourself. Just steer clear of grapes; they're toxic to dogs.

Ingredients:
- Cottage cheese or plain yogurt (yogurt with artificial sweeteners can be toxic)
- Apples, bananas and/or melon of any kind
- One small marshmallow

Directions:

Cut fruit into chunks and fill dog toy with them until its about two thirds of the way full. Finish filling with a few spoonfuls of cottage cheese or yogurt and top of with a small marshmallow. Serve at room temperature or frozen.


Pumpkin Pie

This festive holiday treat can fill your dog's toys all winter, or year, long!

Ingredients:
- Canned or cooked and pureed pumpkin
- Cottage cheese or plain yogurt (yogurt with artificial sweeteners can be toxic)
- Cooked oatmeal
- Low-fat graham cracker

Directions:

Place a spoonful of cooked oatmeal in the bottom of the toy, then two spoonfuls of pumpkin and a spoonful of cottage cheese or yogurt. Continue layering pumpkin and cottage cheese or yogurt until the toy is almost full, then top with a few small pieces of graham cracker. This can also be served at room temperature or frozen.

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