Kong Fillings for dogs and puppies
Mix up your kong fillings! Here's some good ideas (and remember to freeze afterwards) :) 1. Peanut butter. A favorite treat of many canines. Not only is it a good source of protein, but it also contains heart healthy fats, vitamin B, niacin, and vitamin E. Stuff peanut butter into a Kong to keep your dog busy for hours. Choose raw, unsalted peanut butter. WATCH OUT for any peanut butter containing xylitol. That is lethal for dogs.
2. Cooked chicken & Hot Dogs. Can be added into the bowl along with your dog’s regular food to add a spice and extra protein to its diet. This also makes a good meal replacement if you’re in a pinch and out of dog food. 3. Cheese. A great treat for a dog as long as she isn’t lactose intolerant, which a small percentage are. Make sure to monitor your dog’s reaction. Opt for low or reduced fat varieties and don’t overfeed, as many cheeses can be high in fat. Cottage cheese is typically a good choice. We also use cheese in a can so it is easy to squirt into the kong. 4. Baby carrots. Good for a dog’s teeth, carrots are low calorie and high in fiber and beta carotene/vitamin A. 5. Yogurt. High in calcium and protein. But make sure to only choose yogurts that do not contain artificial sweeteners or added sugars. Yogurts with active bacteria can act as a probiotic and are good for your dog’s digestive system. 6. Salmon. A good source of omega 3 fatty acids, which are responsible for keeping your dog’s coat healthy and shiny, as well as supporting your dog’s immune system. Feed your dog cooked salmon, add salmon oil to her food bowl, or slip him some of your unwanted fish skins. 7. Pumpkin & Sweet potatoes Good source of fiber as well as beta-carotene/vitamin A. It can help keep the GI tract moving and can aid with digestive issues.
8. Eggs. Scrambling up an egg for your pup is a great way to give her diet a protein boost. Eggs are also a source of easily digestible riboflavin and selenium, making them a healthy snack. 9. Green Beans. Make a great treat for your dog since they are filling and low in calories. Select beans that have no added salt. 10. Apple Slices. Help to clean residue off a dog’s teeth, which helps to freshen her breath. Apples are a good source of fiber as well as vitamin A and C. Make sure to take out the seeds and the core before feeding to your dog, as these can be choking hazards. 11. Oatmeal. A great source of soluble fiber, which can be especially beneficial to senior dogs with bowel irregularity issues. It is also a great alternate grain for dogs allergic to wheat. Make sure to cook oatmeal before serving it to your dog. Do not add any sugar or flavor additives.
12. Wet kibble Use your dogs kibble and soak it then fill in the kong.
Here’s an additions list of healthy treats you can use for Kong stuffing:
Applesauce Asparagus Baby Food (natural) Bananas Blackberries (will stain – use with caution) Blueberries (will stain – use with caution) Broccoli Brussels Sprouts Cantaloupe Cauliflower Celery Cucumber Flax Seeds Honey (in moderation due to high sugar content) Kale Oatmeal Peas Pineapple Rice (cooked) Spinach Squash Strawberries Sugar Snap Peas Watermelon (seedless) Zucchini (courgettes)