A Doggy-Friendly Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is around the corner, and that means angpaos all around for the unmarried, and my personal favourite – Chinese New Year goodies!

While we indulge in the pineapple tarts and bak kwa, it’s tempting to sneak a piece of our all-time favourite treats to our pooches. But we all know that human Chinese New Year goodies are a no-no for your pup.

Ah Beng Pet Store uncovers some of these pup-unfriendly festive goodies, and churns out several doggy-safe alternatives that would definitely satiate your pup’s hunger.


First up — Bak kwa (also known as Barbecued Pork/ Meat Jerky)

Feeding your pooch bak kwa is a no-go.

As these sweetened slabs of meat jerky are seasoned with spices, sugar, salt and soy sauce, they are usually oily and rich in fats and sugar, which can cause pancreatic or heart problems if taken in excessive quantity.


The alternative — Bark kwa (dog friendly version of everyone’s favourite bak kwa)

The Barkery makes a phenomenal doggy-friendly version of bak kwa, available on Ah Beng Pet Store’s website.

Aptly named Bark-Kwa, it is made only from the leanest parts of the pork leg, seasoned with a delicious blend of apples and cinnamon. Unlike the human version, this dehydrated pork snack is low in fat, and sweetened and flavoured with all-natural ingredients.

We’re sure this healthy and scrumptious version of our favourite snack will not only satiate your pup’s hunger, but also leave him howling for more.

Barkery Bark-Kwa Pork

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Besides the “original” pork Bark Kwa, The Barkery also has a beef alternative you could check out!


Next — Pineapple Tarts

Pineapple tarts are delicious sweetened treats for humans, but they’re not suitable doggie treats.

Pineapple tarts are generally non toxic for dogs, unless they contain raisins or chocolate (Grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure in dogs). However, these treats are high in sugar and fat, and the high sugar content of the pineapple paste used in pineapple tarts (usually artificially sweetened) can cause your dog gas, tummy pain, diarrhea, and vomiting.


The alternative — Sweet Potato & Pumpkin Tarts

Pawlicious Pet Bakery makes a mean version of doggy-friendly tarts, as well as a handful of other doggie-safe sweeties.

Made with organic wholewheat flour, sans sugar, salt, butter, artificial flavorings, colorings and preservatives, these pumpkin tarts are a great alternative to pineapple tarts.

Although not made of pineapple, these sweet potato and pumpkin tarts are bound to leave your pup pine-ing (pining) for more.

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Alternatively, if you’re a DIY-fanatic, you can make your own dog-safe Chinese New Year goodies for your furkid with this FeedMyPaws Kueh Bahulu recipe.

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Other no-nos:

Yu Sheng

Made up of raw fish, shredded vegetables and a variety of sauces and condiments, Yu Sheng is not a doggy-safe food item.

Some of the condiments are artificially sweetened and salted, which would not be good for your pooch’s digestive tract.

Although it is safe for dogs to consume raw fish in moderation, raw fish can have bacteria that causes food poisoning in both dog and human alike. Some fish such as salmon, trout, shad, or sturgeon can also have a parasite that causes “fish disease” or “salmon poisoning disease.”

So perhaps you might want to hold back on tossing the Yu Sheng over to your pooch this Chinese New Year.

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A staple at Chinese New Year gatherings, they may be small, and healthy for humans to consume, but for a pup, a mere handful of certain nuts can be toxic to your dog.

Macadamia nuts for example, can lead to vomiting, muscle and joint pain, lethargy or even temporary paralysis in your pets.

Pistachios, on the other hand, are very rich in fat and can cause your dog to develop an upset stomach. Repetitive eating of pistachios can cause pancreatitis in your dog.

There are, however, certain nuts that make good treats for your dog. But be sure to be mindful of which ones your pooch can eat before you go nuts handing them out.


So while we humans bask ourselves in the festivities and chow down on the Chinese New Year goodies this season, do remember that not all food are suitable for our furry friends! Put the pineapple tarts and prawn rolls away, and opt for a doggy-safe alternative for your furkid!