Get Ready for Goodness: Pet-Friendly Treats to Get Excited About
It’s not exactly easy being a pet during the last few months of the year. From Halloween to New Year’s, it seems we enjoy one holiday after another, but what about our furry loved ones?
Let them in on all the fun with our ideas for super-scrumptious pet-friendly treats. Trust us, your pet will be glad you tried something new – and might just beg you for more!
Combine plain, unsweetened yogurt with coconut oil and sliced bananas or strawberries (or both!). This could be your pet’s dream meal! You can also try putting this mashup in an ice cube mold or Kong Frozen Treat Mold. Watch with wonder and glee as you present your pet with this delightful treat made specially for him or her. Not to mention, this frozen sensation could be the perfect way to distract your pal while you’re serving up the cooked roast to a table full of guests.
If your pet doesn’t love biscuits, we apologize for adding this mainstay…but chances are, they’ll love this gem:
- 1 cup flour
- ¼ cup wheat germ
- ¼ cup brewer’s yeast
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 ½ Tablespoons canola oil
- ½ cup low-sodium chicken broth, plus some for brushing
Mix the dry ingredients together in one bowl. In another, pour the oil. Alternating between the stock and dry ingredients, mix everything together, ending with the stock.
Roll out the dough to a ⅜-inch thickness, and cut with a bone-shaped cookie cutter. You could also cut out the shape of a commercial treat your pet enjoys and can easily eat. Then:
- Place cookies on a sheet lined with parchment paper
- Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees
- Brush with a little leftover chicken stock
- Bake for an additional 10 minutes
- Turn oven off, but leave the cookies inside for 90 minutes
- Store in an airtight container
Pumpkin Pet-Friendly Treats
Pumpkins can be used year-round, although fall is the perfect time to harvest and cook them. Check out these steps for turning this seasonal favorite into a fiber-rich ingredient for pet-friendly treats.
Canned puree (never use pumpkin pie filling) is also a good alternative, as long as there are no added sugars or artificial sweeteners. We recommend trying these pumpkin dog biscuits or pumpkin-themed cat treats.
There are so many recipes out there for DIY pet-friendly treats. Provided you avoid certain dangerous ingredients, your treats are sure to be healthy and satisfying to your fur friend. That being said, it’s always a good idea to check with us before introducing new food to your pet. Also be wary of overindulging your pet.
Before you get cooking, check your pantry to see if you have the ingredients for the following recipes:
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