When it comes to providing your pup with treats and a little extra stimulation, lick mats are a great way to do both! Lick mats provide physical activity as well as mental stimulation for your pup. They’re also a fun way to feed your dog different snacks and keep them occupied. Here's a list of some of the best ingredients you can use on lick mats for dogs:
Peanut butter or almond butter
Peanut butter and almond butter are great sources of healthy fats, proteins, and vitamins that are beneficial for your dog’s overall health. They also provide an irresistible flavor that will make your pup come back for more. Just make sure to always opt for all-natural nut butters without added sugars or salt.
There are several brands of peanut butter and other spreads that are made specifically for dogs. A word of caution: if you are using peanut butter or other spreads made for human consumption, make sure it does not contain xylitol, as this can be extremely harmful to dogs.
Mashed or pureed vegetables
Mashed or pureed vegetables such as pumpkin, potato, sweet potato, carrot, beans, and broccoli are perfect additions to lick mats too, since they contain essential vitamins and minerals that can help boost your pup’s health. Plus, their sweet flavors will appeal to most pups and make them enjoy the treat even more!
Crushed, chopped, pureed or frozen fruit
Crushed fruits like bananas, blueberries and strawberries not only pack a delicious punch of flavor but also contain powerful antioxidants that can help protect your pup against diseases.
Chopped fruit such as apples are another favorite with our dogs. Frozen fruit is especially favored by many pups because it has a cool texture when licked! Watermelon works great for freezing too (just make sure you get all the seeds out).
Most fruits are safe for dogs to eat, but there are a few that are best avoided. If you are unsure, check out them out here.
Natural yogurt is another excellent lick-mat ingredient if your pup isn’t lactose intolerant. Greek yogurt has an even thicker consistency which makes it easier to spread across the lick mat evenly so they can get every last bit of the treat!
Cheese is also an excellent option, though you should opt for low-fat cheeses like cream cheese or cottage cheese in order to not overload their calorie intake.
Honey is another safe addition that provides plenty of natural sweetness along with its antiviral properties which help fight off any bacteria or viruses in their system.
Dry or canned dog food
Dry dog food (kibble) can be sprinkled over the lick mat too.
Other store-bought treats such as liver treats or bully sticks can be used as well. A small treat that fits into the pockets or between the ridges will also create a challenge in getting it out.
You can also use your dog's favorite canned dog food - just mash it up a bit to spread it out on the mat.
To Sum Up
So what can you put on your dog's lick mat? The answer is just about anything that is safe for your dog to eat. You can use foods that are made specifically for dogs or try making your own. Have fun experimenting with different types of foods and textures.
With these ingredients at hand, you'll be able to create delicious lick mats for your furry friend that won't only tantalize their taste buds but also provide them with plenty of valuable nutrients that will keep them healthy and happy!
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