Have you ever seen your dog lick his chops after sniffing the remains of dinner left on your plate? Has your dog’s curious tongue ever punctured the lid of that jar of tomato sauce in your kitchen? The reason for this may be that he smells tomato sauce, and it reminds him of food, or maybe he actually likes the taste of the sauce. But is it safe for your pup to eat tomato sauce?
In moderation, yes. But remember, although tomato sauce isn’t toxic, it may contain ingredients such as garlic and onions that may be fatal to your pup’s health. Keeping these things in mind, we have listed out 5 awesome ways to feed tomato sauce to dogs. Here they are:
1. Add Tomato Sauce to Tasty Veggies and Meat
Tomato sauce is great on its own, but it’s even better when you mix it with other nutritious foods to make sure your dog gets the proper nutrition. Try adding tomato to your dogs’ favorite vegetables like broccoli or cauliflower but make sure to avoid onions and garlic. You can also mix it with meat for Fido. For example, try mixing tomato sauce with beef cubes to give them a hint of tomato taste without making them feel like there’s too much-added fat in their meal. Besides adding it to meat, you can also mix tomato sauce with eggs for a healthier stuffing that adds flavor to your dog’s favorite food.
2. Mix Tomato Sauce with Canned Food
If you have a dog that’s a picky eater, you can start to feed them tomato sauce by combining it with one of their favorite canned foods. All you have to do is chop up a can of your dog’s favorite food and dump it in a pot with your leftover sauce. Heat the mixture for 15 minutes on medium heat, then serve while hot. You can also use the same recipe to help your dog transition from one canned food you buy to another.
3. Serve as a Topping
People say salsa is an amazing topping for tacos and other favorite dishes, but tomato sauce is just as good! For this method, you can cook extra-chunky tomato sauce if you have the time, then serve it over your dog’s favorite canned food. If you’re using the store-bought tomato sauce, make sure to check the ingredients thoroughly. The best way to feed a healthy tomato sauce would be to make it at home by avoiding the ingredients that are harmful to your dog such as excess sugar, salt, corn syrup, coloring, or preservatives.
4. Remove the Excess Water to Make It Pasty Enough to Serve as a Dip
If you’re making a fresh tomato sauce to serve your dog as a dip, you may want to remove the excess water. There are two ways to remove excess water from your tomato sauce. One simple way is to just pour the mixture in a large strainer over a sink, then press any remaining sauce by using a spoon. The other way is to place the mixture in plastic wrap and squeeze it until the excess moisture is removed.
5) Serve it with Kibble
You can also serve tomato sauce as a shell for Fido’s kibble. For this method, you’ll need to partially cook the sauce as the shell for the kibble. Start by simmering a can of tomato sauce in a pot on your stovetop until it begins to thicken. Then set it aside and continue with your dog’s normal meal plan as usual. The meat and veggies mixed in the tomato sauce food would enhance the kibble’s taste and make a tasty treat for your dog.
The bottom line is that it is safe to feed your dog tomato sauce as long as you don’t overdo it. So, are you ready to try out these fun ways to feed tomato sauce to your dog? Go ahead! But it’s important to watch out for harmful ingredients like garlic, onions, and even salt and sugar. And always remember your dog’s nutritional needs and how much they can eat. As long as you’ve double-checked the ingredient label or made the sauce yourself, you’re good to go.
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