Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day

Dog owners, put a pawprint on your calendar for February 23rd: it’s Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day! (Of course, as far as Fido is concerned, every day should be Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day.) Treats are actually quite important for your pet’s health and well-being. In this article from All About Animals Veterinary Services, serving the Villa Rica, GA area, a local vet discusses dog biscuits.

History of Dog Biscuits

The dog biscuit has been around, in one form or another, since the Roman Empire. In early literature, it was basically referred to as, well, horrible-tasting bread. However, the dog biscuit as we know it today was developed by a man named James Spratt, who is responsible for countless tail wags and head tilts. In 1886, what was likely the first court case over dog biscuits developed when Spratt’s Patent Company filed charges against another company for selling a similar product. Spratt lost the case, but still dominated the market until a competitor decided to make dog biscuits in the shape of a bone.

World’s Largest Dog Biscuit

In case you were wondering, the biggest dog biscuit ever recorded weighed 617 pounds (279 kg) and was about 2,000 larger than the average biscuit. We’re pretty sure there were a lot of happy pups that day!

Benefits of Dog Biscuits

Dog biscuits are a terrific training aid, and are a simple way to brighten your furry pal’s day and get that cute tail wagging. Treats are also a great way for you to bond with Fido!

Choosing Treats

When buying Fido’s dog biscuits, always read the labels. Avoid products with ingredient lists that sound like science projects. It’s also a good idea to keep up with recalls. You can track them on the FDA website.

Making Snacks

If you like, you can also make Fido’s treats. This is great because you can customize your pet’s snacks. You’ll also know exactly what your pup is eating. There are plenty of recipes online. Just be sure your canine buddy’s snacks only contain safe, suitable ingredients. Some good options are cooked, plain, boneless meat, fish, or poultry; bacon bits; peanut butter; bananas; pureed pumpkin; cheese; eggs; and sodium-free broth. Ask your vet for more information.

Please contact All About Animals Veterinary Services, serving the Villa Rica, GA area, for all your dog’s veterinary care needs. We’re dedicated to providing excellent care!