Thanksgiving can be a tempting time for all of us -- many of us indulge in lots of goodies, and not surprisingly, it can be tempting to want our pets to enjoy these goodies with us. But the rich foods we consume during the holidays can cause illness or worse for our pets if they indulge alongside us. Instead, here are two delicious and safe pet treats that can easily be whipped up at home.
Note: if your pet is sick, has allergies, a restricted diet, or a sensitive stomach, check with your vet first to make sure the ingredients are safe for your pet. For reference, here is a list of common foods that are toxic to pets.
Many dogs adore the taste of sweet potatoes. They're a good source of fibre and vitamins, plus they're low in calories. Sweet potato treats can be purchased at pet stores but they are just as easy to make at home - and a whole lot cheaper, too.
The thinner your slices are, the faster they'll cook. But many dogs like a bit of a thicker slice - they make for a good chew.
Cool these treats thoroughly before storing in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They generally keep for about 2 weeks.
Pumpkin is another tasty food that appeals to dogs. It's high in fiber, low in fat, and is great for helping to keep pets' digestive tracts working well. These pumpkin treats are wonderfully easy and dogs love them! Cut or break them into small bite-sized pieces to use as training rewards, or make larger biscuits as a treat.
* Oat flour can be made simply by blitzing rolled oats in the food processor until they've been ground into a fine consistency.
Store cooled biscuits in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Looking for a pumpkin treat with a little more variety? Also check out these pumpkin dog cookies that include peanut butter.
We have so many reasons to be thankful for our pets ... and we can show them how much we appreciate them with these delicious homemade treats!
Place some treats in a pretty jar and you'll have a great gift to give to family & friends with pets of their own. Have a great Thanksgiving!
"The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it."
(Thich Nhat Hanh)