Bake Your Own Holiday Pet Treats!
Between the pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving and the snowman-shaped iced cookies that make the rounds at work, we are all a bit guilty when it comes to sweet indulgences this time of year. No one’s judging that extra bite of yumminess, but the family pet is probably taking notice. It’s just not fair that the very same things that make the holidays delicious for us can make our best friends very ill (or at least incredibly uncomfortable)!
Luckily, between your batches of gingerbread and sugar cookies, there are lots of holiday pet treats you can make in your own kitchen.
Much of what covers our holiday tables and buffets during family dinners is either unhealthy for pets or toxic. They should never be offered the following foods or have access to them when you’re not looking:
- Xylitol (found in sugar-free baked goods and candies)
- Macadamia nuts
- Raisins, grapes, currants
- Fatty meat
- Rich foods
- Uncooked yeast dough
While the effects on your pet may vary, it’s not uncommon for an innocent sampling to turn into a full-fledged pet emergency. Please watch out for vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, uncharacteristic behavior, and other symptoms of pet poisoning. Please call us immediately.
Now We Know
Just because some things must be omitted doesn’t mean that your DIY holiday pet treats will be any less tantalizing. To be sure, the following recipes may facilitate even more fun and involvement for your best furry friend during the holidays.
Ferris Mewler Loves ‘Em!
Sure, some cats are enormously persnickety when it comes to their discerning palates. But there are just some holiday pet treats for felines that send them over the moon.
- Homemade Salmon & Oat Cat Treats
- Tasty Tuna Treats
- Spinach & Chicken Cat Treats
- Chicken & Cranberry Cat Treats
Hairy Pawter Goes Bananas
Dogs will pretty much try anything you place in front of their nose. But that doesn’t mean they’ll love just all holiday pet treats. Try any of the following recipes to regale them this holiday season:
- Peanut Butter & Pumpkin Dog Treats (Yummy!)
- Sweet Potato Dog Treats
- Healthy Homemade Dog Treats
- Crunch BBQ Liver Dog Treats
More Holiday Pet Treats
You can always opt for bite-sized fruit pieces or lightly steamed veggies, as well, to help quell your pet’s hunger, and help them feel like they’re participating in the family meal.
Likewise, seasonal goodies can be shared with your exotic pets. You can create a plate full of leafy greens (like fresh parsley, yum!), and assorted veggies and fruits just for them. Indulge them with fresh banana mixed with their food pellets, a bit of carrot, ground oats, and fresh nuts.
To You & Yours
If it’s been awhile since your pet has seen our team, we encourage you to schedule a wellness visit. There’s no better time to ensure holiday pet safety, or help them get started on a healthy paw next year.
Happy holidays from Wellesley-Natick Veterinary Hospital!