When it comes to making DIY pet treats, you can bet there is a niche market for the exact type of product you’re looking for. You can also develop your own recipes and become a social media influencer yourself! At the very least, Goldorado Animal Hospital hopes your pet has a satisfying, even indulgent, holiday season, one that is free from worry.

Protecting Them From…

Let’s face it, the months between Halloween and Easter can be really dangerous to pets. Chocolate is everywhere, toxic plants, and more household visitors can mean greater exposure to hazards. 

Your pet may remain curious, but you can definitely curb their appetite with DIY pet treats. Of course, it’s important to count their calories to ensure they aren’t getting more than they need. But indulging them this time of year can prevent an accidental poisoning.

Cranking Out the DIY Pet Treats

You could seriously spend an entire weekend poring over the DIY pet treats online. Luckily, you don’t have to! Take that extra time to play or snuggle with your four-legged best friend.

Getting Festive

This holiday season you are likely to have a few extra sweet potatoes lying around, right? Combine 2 cups of cooked, pureed sweet potato with 1 egg, ½ cup oats, 3 cups whole wheat flour, 3 Tablespoons of natural peanut butter (check to make sure it’s Xylitol-free!),  and ½ teaspoon cinnamon. Roll dough out and use fun cookie cutters. Bake 30-35 minutes at 350 degrees. These will harden up as they cool, watch out for your dog’s drool!

Cats Rule

To make these 50 small chewy cat treats, combine 1 egg with a single 4 oz. jar of chicken and brown rice baby food, or your cat’s favorite canned food. Mix ¼ cup chopped parsley, 2 teaspoons of olive oil, 2 tablespoons water, 1 cup brown rice flour, and ½ cup cooked white or brown rice. You may also add a tablespoon of chopped catnip, if desired. 

Spread mixture into a ⅓-inch thick rectangle on a large baking sheet. Bake 12-15 minutes at 325 degrees. Break into bite-sized pieces.

A Delicious Plate

Keeping your pet safe from dangerous table food is imperative, but they may want a sampling of what’s for dinner. Offer them small bites of cooked white meat turkey, corn removed from the cob, steamed green beans or carrots, and unseasoned sweet potatoes, mashed potato, or pumpkin puree. 

Safe and Sound

Your pet’s safety is our number one priority. If veterinarians and staff members can assist you further with DIY pet treats, please let us know