With the popularity of organic foods rising, many people are wondering, can dogs eat baby food? The short answer is no, they cannot. Baby food, in general, is simply pureed adult food.
Why is that a problem? Because when you feed your dog something that is not fit to eat, you put his or her digestive system at risk. The shock to the system from sudden changes in diet can cause nausea, diarrhea and vomiting. That’s why it’s so important to let your vet know what kind of baby food you’re feeding your sick dog – even if the vet says it’s perfectly safe.
Organic, raw treats can be very dangerous if they are not thoroughly rinsed off. There are two types of treats you can buy: wet or dry. Wet treats, such as chicken livers, chicken bones or fish eggs, should not be given to puppies until they are older because they may contain small amounts of arsenic or lead. Dried ingredients, such as bread mix, pasta, veggies, and rice cereals, must be rinsed off because they can contain toxins.
So how can you tell if a recipe calls for dry or wet foods? Some people mistakenly think that a recipe will specify which treat is supposed to go with which, but the fact is that you can’t always get exactly what you’re expecting. If you’re baking treats and thinking “what can I add to this to make it more like the real thing” check to see if there is wheat flour listed.
Many recipes call for regular cookie or biscuit mix, but these are full of carbohydrates and sugars that your puppy cannot handle. To make your “real” baby food you can use a food processor, a meat mallet, or your bare hands to knead the dough. Use a food processor to chop up ingredients into fine pieces. You can also bake a small amount first to test your puppy’s tolerance. Baking cookies or other treats is easy to do if you have the time.
Dogs love bananas and if you don’t already use them in your fruit salad, you should start adding them right away! The great thing about using bananas is that they’re incredibly sweet and at the same time they contain little bit of a banana’s flavor, but it’s much sweeter than a regular banana. Since a lot of these treats need a little bit of cooking time, it’s best to put them in the fridge before adding them to food because bananas can spoil quickly. If you want to add a little bit of sweetness, just throw in a few sliced bananas and toss them in the fridge before serving.
Can Dogs Eat Baby Food?
Is it okay for dogs to eat dog food? I mean if my dog has kidney failure does she need to eat human baby food? What about the puppy you brought home and now she’s eating a lot more? If dogs can eat human food then shouldn’t dogs be allowed to eat dog food? Can dogs eat dog food and still be healthy?
Most dogs were brought up on a milk and wheat-based diet. Milk being the staple of their diet helps to ward off infections and other illnesses, but there is a limit to the amount of milk that they can take in a day. A small number of baby food that is left over from breakfast can go a long way, especially if it’s leftovers from the last meal. There really isn’t much of a time frame when dogs can legitimately say that they can no longer take in that same little bit of baby food. And even then sometimes it is enough.
Dog owners that are worried about the human baby foods versus the “real” or “regular” commercial brands should be aware that there are many “human-like” flavors. Dog owners can mix flavors to suit themselves with a wide range of ingredients. Some of these include: Banana, apple, blueberry, carrot, canned vegetables (sweet potato, tomato, squash), cottage cheese, cheddar cheese, corn, deli meats (hamburgers, hot dogs), egg, ham, hamburger, rice, macaroni, pizza, pork, rice, steak, strawberry, and tuna.
Can dogs eat regular baby foods and bake with them as well? Some dogs have the temperament and desire to do just that. For example, some dogs can eat cookies and not get the same enjoyment out of baking them that they would get out of eating a biscuit. In order for this to work though you would need to feed these dogs items like: Baby rice, chicken, beef, macaroni and cheese, soft or medium bread, and soft or medium grits cheese. By baking their treats with these ingredients flavors they will have the pleasure of going “beefy” at the end of the day.
Is it possible to mix ingredients to create new foods for your dog? Yes! Many companies have come up with foods that mix different types of ingredients to create one tasty treat. For example:
To make these treats you would simply mix a bit of baby food (not sweet potato) with some flour. Mix the two together until the flour is completely coated in the baby food and the mixture is a gooey substance. Then you can sprinkle some onion powder over the top and bake your treats.