Doggie treats for Christmas
For many of us the Christmas holiday season is one of feasting on special foods and treats. Our dogs are certainly aware of the extra special smells and tastes of a holiday feast, and will do their best to get some extra treats for themselves. Unfortunately, emergency vets find themselves busier during the holidays because pets get unsuitable treats that may be very harmful.
I have written earlier blogs on foods dogs should never have, such as chocolate, grapes and raisins. Other “no-no’s” include onions and garlic, xylitol and unbaked bread dough. Also, be cautious not to give your dog bones and turket carcasses- your dog will love them but there are hazards to be aware of such as broken/chipped teeth, bones which may get lodged in the mouth and throat or piercings of stomach or intestines- all of which could require surgery.
All this doesn’t mean you can’t treat your dog with something special for Christmas! There are lots of recipes on the net for dog biscuits that you can easily make at home and which are dog safe. One such recipe I have found on barkpost.com is a cookie made of peanut butter and yogurt– sure to please your dog!
-2 cups of flour (whole wheat of non-bleached is best)
-1 tbsp baking powder
-1 cup peanut butter
-1 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt
-water as needed
Also, you will need some cookie cutters to make different fun shapes
To make, pre-heat the oven to around 200C, and combine all the above ingredients until you form a soft dough, Add a small amount of water if the dough is dry. Roll out the dough on some baking paper and cut out using the cookie cutters. Place on a lightly greased cookie sheet and bake for 15-18 minutes (it is optional to let your dog stand in front of the oven to watch and guard the cookies while they bake:)
Cool and serve!
Check out the internet for other fun doggies treats that you can make at home and which include all safe ingredients. After all, our dogs should be able to share in the holiday festivities with us!