Even though you know better, you’ve probably occasionally fed your pampered pooch human food. High-quality, balanced dog food is the best way to go, but if you do decide to indulge Fido with doggie dessert, choosing healthy people food can sometimes be a better choice than commercial snacks, which are often loaded with fillers and sodium.
Bananas are high in potassium, magnesium and vitamins B6 and C, all stuff that is just as good for your pooch as it is for you. High in fiber, bananas come in handy for the occasional bout of doggie diarrhea, too. You can mash up a banana and mix it in with his dog food, or make banana and peanut butter biscuits that will keep for several days.
Lots of dogs love peanut butter, which is high in protein and vitamins E, K and B3. It also contains small amounts of minerals, including magnesium, potassium, copper and calcium. Just be sure it’s real peanut butter and not peanut spread. Also, like people, some dogs are allergic to peanut butter, so discuss with your vet before you give him this dessert. For a special summer treat, freeze dollops of it to feed him one at a time, or place some inside a toy for a treat he will have to work at to get.
Choose yogurt with friendly bacteria known as probiotics to help keep the intestinal tract healthy. Yogurt contains protein, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin B12, potassium, zinc and iodine. Mix a tablespoon of plain, unsweetened yogurt into your dog’s food every few days for a yummy treat.
This food that most dogs love is about as healthy as you can get, with carotenoids, vitamins A, B and C, antioxidants, copper and iron. To prepare this super-healthy dessert, boil and mash with canola oil, or microwave one and feed it to Fido whole. For biscuits that will keep for several days, mix with cheddar cheese and bake.
Leslie Darling has been a writer since 2003, writing regularly for "Mississippi Magazine" and "South Mississippi Living," specializing in food and wine, animals and pets, and all things Southern. She is a graduate of the University of New Orleans.