For many of us, the holiday season means indulging in some yummy seasonal treats. Many of our canine patients will also be enjoying some extra snacks at this time of year. Fido will be more than happy with store-bought goodies. However, if you’re feeling inspired, you can make his treats. A Cherry Hill, NJ vet lists some recipes below.
Super-Special Doggy Snacks
Combine bacon fat with an egg, cold water, and whole-wheat flour. You can also add cheese, spinach, bacon bits, or organic baby food. Pop in the oven for about 15 minutes at 375F. Too much fat isn’t good for Fido, so dole these out sparingly.
Need to use up some leftovers? Mix boneless turkey with eggs, cheese, and safe veggies, like carrots, peas, spinach, or green beans. Combine everything in a food processor, then divide into small portions. Cook at 375F for 15 minutes.
Combine canned chicken, bacon bits, organic baby food, shredded cheese, some whole-wheat flour, and sodium-free broth in a blender. Portion it out into cookies, and cook at 350F for 15 minutes.
Mix plain fat-free yogurt with sodium-free broth and an egg in a food processor or blender. Once it’s frothy, put it in a bowl and put a dog biscuit on top.
Combine natural PB with pureed pumpkin, whole-wheat flour, an egg, and a pinch of salt. About a half hour at 350F should do it. These also make great gifts for the other dogs in your life. Double or triple the recipe, and put them in Mason jars. Tie them off with pretty ribbons.
Dried Sweet Potato Yums
Dried sweet potatoes are packed with nutrition! Slice some clean ones into wide, ¼ inch thick pieces. Cook for about 3 hours at 250F.
The main difference between Fido’s meatloaf and yours is that his version shouldn’t contain garlic or onions, as these are toxic to dogs. You can use minced beef or turkey, eggs, bread crumbs, whole-wheat flour, tomato paste, peas, carrots, and parmesan cheese. Cook for 30 minutes at 350F.
Start with a cup of molasses. Add honey, water, whole-wheat flour, and olive oil. Next, add cinnamon, cloves, baking soda, whole-wheat flour, and chopped ginger. Divide and cook for 20 minutes at 350.
Happy Holidays from Collingswood Veterinary Hospital, your Cherry Hill, NJ animal clinic. Call us anytime!