Chews for a Growing Pup

Quinn was very “mouthy” as a pup. And she had a bit of aggression for a short while. Chewing on things seemed to soothe her so we went through a lot of stuff to find what kept her interest yet didn’t go away after one session.

When she was small, we used the Yak milk chews. Wonderful things. She loved them. But as she grew, they didn’t last as long because she would bite off chunks and then barf them up.

Then we switched to Benebones. They were lasting a long time and The Boys liked them, too. They’re not exactly edible but as long as the dog is able to chew off only rice-sized pieces or smaller, all is well.

Except for Quinn. She’s always had a sensitive stomach. She started eating dirt. And was almost frenetic about it. Even if we went somewhere, the first thing she would do is look for dirt to eat. We put her on a vitamin for a while and that seemed to work. But then she took up the culinary arts of eating raw grass.

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Pumpkin Treats!

I made a treat for the dogs the other night.

1 can plain pumpkin
1 can’s worth of yogurt (it may have been plain vs vanilla)
3/4 can’s worth of water (use to rinse out can before adding)

Put it in my blender and made a gross smoothy. It was thinner than I wanted but it still works. Next time I won’t add much water.

I then poured some into an ice cube tray and put the rest in the rinsed out yogurt container since I’d emptied it.

I gave Quinn some of the leftover. She snarfed it then went nuts for more. I didn’t give her any because I’m mean.

The next day, I popped out three of the ice cubes and gave them to the dogs. They loved ’em. Even Sam, who is hard to get to eat veggies and fruit. He’s a meat-and-potatoes kind of guy.

Dogs can have about 1-4 tablespoons per day. It adds fiber and can help with both diarrhea and constipation. You don’t want to give too much or it can cause both issues. It isn’t supposed to be given every day, not a spoon of it straight from the can with each meal. It can be a diluted treat like I did or just use it once or twice a week. And if used for constipation or diarrhea, if the problem isn’t fixed within 24hrs, go to your vet!

Quinn has a sensitive stomach (hard to believe but yeah) and I’m trying to come up with treats for her. One ice cube is not much so I can treat them twice a day, making them feel special.

Sources:
AKC article
Pet Health article