The running joke is that our clinic should be sponsored by Kong. We love Kongs (or similar fillable toys) and recommend them all of the time. And the best part is that they aren’t just for dogs!
Trouble, our resident clinic cat, loves her Kongs. She gets them stuffed with canned food and then frozen. Then when we need to have her confined, we give her a Kong to entertain her. She cannot eat dry food, so for her we always stuff her Kong with canned cat food, spray cheese, or similar foods. Initially we gave them to her just stuffed, but now we freeze them to make it harder for her and make the treat last longer. She loves them so much, we had to get her the extreme canine Kong! She likes to carry her Kongs around and of course loves the food in them!
And of course Kongs are great for dogs. We recommend starting all puppies with Kongs. There are so many advantages-
-They slow down dogs and cats that eat too fast.
-They keep dogs and cats busy-a busy pet isn’t getting into trouble!
-They provide mental stimulation for pets.
-They can help occupy pets that need to be confined.
-For overweight pets, your can cut back on the amount of food, but the pet still spends more time eating
So what are the best things to fill Kong’s with for dogs? Remember if you freeze the Kong it will make it last harder for the pet to get the food out and therefore last longer. But we recommend starting without freezing them so your pet learns how to get the food out without getting frustrated.
-the dog’s own dry food, then cap the Kong with peanut butter
-stuff it with peanut butter, cottage cheese, canned pumpkin, yoghurt (plain)
-add in fruits and veggies that are pet safe such as carrots, green beans, apple pieces,
-alternating layers: a little peanut butter, some dry food, some canned food, a biscuit from the top-mix it up!
We keep multiple Kongs for each dog, so we can always have one prepared in the freezer!
Boo Donoho, DVM
Southern Animal Hospital