I like to be experimental in the kitchen and am interested in making my own dog treats. Do you have any advice on dos and don’ts?

John Burns advises…

Firstly, if you are planning on making your own dog treats to sell, you would need to research the legislation surrounding food production. There will be guidelines and legislation that you will need to adhere to regarding health and safety and hygiene. However, if you are just looking to make treats for your own dog, there are several ways you can do this. Try soaking some of your dog’s food and mixing it with some vegetables before placing it into ice-cube trays and freezing it.

Be cautious with the ingredients that you choose, as certain foods can be toxic for dogs. Some of these foods include chocolate, grapes, onions, chives, coffee, tea and xylitol (an artificial sweetener).

When feeding treats, you should ensure that you reduce your dog’s daily food allowance to compensate for any treats given. Overfeeding your dog can result in digestive problems and weight gain, so keep an eye on your dog’s waistline. There are a lot of health risks associated with being even slightly overweight. When feeding treats, bear in mind that treats are only treats if given occasionally! For further guidance, check out the Pet Food Manufacturers’ Associations (PFMA) website.

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