There’s nothing like homemade treats to make the holiday season extra special. If you enjoy baking, why not try your hand at holiday treats for pets like dog biscuits or cat cookies? Whether you’re giving them as a gift or sharing them with that special pet, we know these easy treats will be a hit.
Benefits of Homemade Treats
• Food labels can be confusing. Making your own treats means you can ensure there are no additives or preservatives.
• You can use your pet’s favourite ingredients. Your dog loves cheese? Find a recipe that has some. Your cat likes liver? Add it to your shopping list!
• Baking is a fun holiday activity. Plus, if you drop anything on the floor while you’re making these pet-friendly treats, you know it’s okay if your dog or cat sneaks in and grabs it as a snack!
Things to Watch
• Everything in moderation. Treats are a special occasion food, not a replacement for your pet’s regular meals.
• Consider allergies. If the recipe you’re making has ingredients your cat or dog wouldn’t normally eat, try a small amount first and watch to be sure your pet doesn’t have a reaction.
• Beware of toxic ingredients. Humans eat all kinds of things that pets shouldn’t. Avoid adding raisins and chocolate chips to your homemade goodies.
The internet is full of recipes for pet treats. “Remember to be cautious and use your best judgment when you’re surfing,” says Dr. Chip Coombs, Chief Veterinary Officer at Pets Plus Us. “If your pet has a health condition, or if you’re not sure if something is okay for your cat or dog, ask your veterinarian first.” To help get you started, we’ve included two reliable favourites below.
Beefy Dog Biscuits
2 ½ cups whole-wheat flour
1 tsp. beef bouillon powder (substitute beef stock, if you do not have bouillon powder)
½ cup hot water
1 tsp. salt
bacon bits or parmesan cheese (as sprinkles)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Stir bouillon into hot water
Combine remaining ingredients, reserving sprinkles
Knead until a smooth ball forms (2 – 5 minutes)
Roll out dough and cut into squares or use cookie cutters to create fun shapes
Sprinkle tops with bacon bits or parmesan cheese
Place cookies on a lightly greased cookie sheet
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes
Liver Cat Treats
½ cup of cooked chicken livers
¼ cup of water
¼ cup of cooked carrots
1 tbsp. oil
1 cup of whole-wheat flour
¼ cup of cornmeal
½ tsp. salt
Blend the livers, water, carrots and oil with a mixer until smooth
Add flour, cornmeal and salt
Pinch off small pieces onto a lightly greased cookie sheet
Bake at 325 degrees for 12 minutes
When cool, place in a sealed container and keep refrigerated