Just because our dogs aren’t allowed to partake of the green beer, that doesn’t mean that they should miss out on all the St. Patty’s Day fun. These green, spinach-flavored biscuits are really festive, especially when cut out with a shamrock-shaped cookie cutter, and they are also rich in antioxidants, iron, and fiber.
Some people (erroneously) think that spinach is toxic to dogs, because it contains a substance called oxalic acid. It is true that in extremely large amounts oxalic acid can cause health problems; however, according to veterinarian Marie Haynes, “the amount that a dog would have to eat in order to cause toxicity is so high that it probably couldn’t be done.” So, spinach is A-okay for dogs to eat in moderation, and it makes a beautiful, natural green food coloring for dog biscuits.
I hope you and your dog have a happy and healthy St. Patrick’s Day! In celebration of all things Irish, I’ll leave you with a few canine-centric Irish proverbs:
-A little dog can start a hare, but it takes a big dog to catch one.
-A live dog is better than a dead lion.
-The dog that’s always on the go is better than the one that is always curled up.
-The cat is always dignified . . . until the dog comes by.