Fall is a beautiful time of year: the crisp breezes, beautiful foliage, and seasonal decor make this many people’s favorite time of year. Why not get your furry companion in on the fun? Pets can certainly enjoy some seasonal treats. A Cherry Hill, NJ vet lists some safe options below.
Pumpkin isn’t just safe for pets: it’s actually great for them. It can help with both diarrhea and constipation, and is packed with vitamins. Here’s an easy snack you can make for Fido: mix a can of pureed pumpkin with some natural peanut butter, an egg, and some whole-wheat flour. Shape into balls, or use a dog-treat maker to form little bones. Cook for about 15-20 minutes at 350, or until you get the desired crunch.
Chicken soups and casseroles are seasonal favorites at this time of year. Plain, cooked chicken is safe for both Fido and Fluffy, as long as you’ve removed the skin, bones, and fat. Your furry pal may also enjoy a bowl of broth. Duck, goose, quail, and turkey are fine as well.
Here’s another pumpkin-flavored one. Combine 3 cups of rolled oats with a cup of pureed pumpkin and two eggs. Divide into small portions and cook at 350 for about 20 minutes.
Don’t forget about Floppy! One snack that’s bound to be a hit is a homemade treat that consists of a quarter cup of ground commercial bunny food pellets mixed with a few heaping tablespoons of pureed pumpkin, a handful of fresh cilantro, and a little water. Mold into the desired shape and cook at 350 for about 15-20 minutes. This is also safe for Guinea pigs and hamsters, though you’ll want to use their food.
Sweet Potato Chews
Here’s another one for Fido. Just slice a large sweet potato into ¼ inch thick strips. Bake in the oven at a low heat for several hours. This is a good one because sweet potatoes are packed with nutrients, such as Vitamins A, C, E, K, and B6; folate; calcium; magnesium; iron; and potassium. They’re also safe for bunnies and hamsters, though your vet may recommend offering them raw instead.
Be sure to stick with safe foods. Avoid things like garlic, onion, avocado, and chocolate. Anything with raw yeast or dough is also unsafe. Ask your vet for more specific recommendations.
Do you have questions about your pet’s nutrition? Contact us, your local Cherry Hill, NJ pet hospital, today!