Terrifyingly Tasty Treats for Pets this Halloween
28 Oct 2016
Is your pet celebrating Hallowe’en this year?
From the feline friend in a fancy costume or a canine companion calling door-to-door with Trick or Treaters, more and more pets are taking part in Hallowe’en celebrations.
However, don’t let your pet fall foul of the ‘trick’ and instead make sure they have a spook-tecular time for all the right reasons. Remember, those scrumptious candies and chocolates that we adore to eat are incredibly bad for your pet. Be ultra-careful to keep the following ingredients away from pets:
• Chocolate: Causes stomach upsets, a racing heart, over-excitement, seizures, and death.
• Xylitol: This no-sugar sweetener found in many candies and cookies is deadly to dogs. It causes blood sugar levels to plummet, coma, and death.
• Dried Fruit: Watch out for cookies containing raisins, since these can cause kidney failure in dogs.
Ok, but this doesn’t mean your pet can’t have fun on Hallowe’en, as far as pleasing the stomach goes just be sure to stick with dog and cat-safe confectionary. To give you a helping paw, here are two of Holly & Hugo’s favorite recipes.
Helpful Hint: Whatever recipe you use to create your dog-tastic treats, using Hallowe’en cookie cutters is a quick way to add seasonal appeal, but of course bone-shaped treats are always appropriately ghoulish when it comes to dogs.
Canine Hallowe’en Cuisine
Talk about traditional Hallowe’en foods, how about using the pumpkin puree to make some super scrumptious pumpkin and peanut butter, pooch-friendly treats?
Big wags for that one?
Well here’s how to make them:
2 and 2/3 cup of all-purpose (plain) flour
3 tablespoons of peanut butter
½ can of pumpkin puree
1 tsp of pumpkin pie spice
Warm the oven to 350 degree Fahrenheit (Gas mark 4)
Line a baking tray with baking parchment.
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and knead to form dough.
Flour a work surface and roll out the dough so it’s about ½ inch thick.
Use your cookie cutters to create spook-tacular cookies.
Back in the oven for 20 – 30 minutes until light golden brown.
Decorate with pet-safe icing
Nom nom nom. Sounds good enough to eat…
Feline Hallowe’en Foods
Let’s not leave our feline friends out of the fun. Here is a feline friendly treat recipe to tickle those fishy taste buds.
1 cup of all-purpose (plain) flour
16 ounce can of tuna in oil (Use all the contents including the oil)
A little water or extra oil to mix
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl. If the dough is too stiff then add a little extra water or oil to soften it to a workable consistency.
Flour a work surface and roll the dough so it’s around ¼ inch thick
Cut out purr-fect cookies using your Hallowe’en cookie cutters
Back in that prewarmed oven (350 Fahrenheit, Gas mark 4) for around 20 minutes until golden brown.
Enjoy! And don’t let your cat eat them all at once, and store in an airtight (and cat-proof) tin.
And finally, remember a treat should be just that…a treat. Too much of a good thing means extra calories which pile on the pounds. Be sensible with how many treats you give, and on special occasions such as Hallowe’en, avoid over indulging by giving smaller meals to compensate for those extras.
If you are intrested in keeping your furry friend’s diet healthy, check out Holly and Hugo post containing some useful tips here. Also, think about Pet Nutrition course at Holly and Hugo – this highly digestible course will help you understand your pet’s dietary needs and give a solid grounding in pet nutrition. The course helps you understand food labelling, how much and when to feed, and not forgetting our smaller furry (and scaly) friends as we pick a path through the maze of pet nutrition.