Looking for a fun family activity? Make your pets some treats from scratch! If you are not the cooking kind, check out Village Pet Market next door for natural and healthy treats! They have treats for dogs with allergies, and you can even create your own bag of treats from their treat station!
Some pets have food allergies, with the most common being beef, dairy, wheat, chicken, fish and eggs. Homemade treats are a fun, easy, and healthy way to reward your furry friends, and avoid any known food allergies!
But don’t forget, some people foods are toxic to pets! When making your own treats, avoid caffeine, chocolate, macadamia nuts, grapes, raisins, cooked bones, raw fish, and pizza or bread doughs. This is not an extensive list- call us at Granville Veterinary Clinic at 740-587-1129 if you are unsure if a food is safe for your pet.
Treats for Cats
Cats have very specific individual tastes and preferences when it comes to treats- so it may take a few attempts to find the perfect treat.
Give this one a try!
Preheat over to 350°F.
Mix 4 ounces of tuna (well drained and flaked), 1 cup all purpose flour, 1 tablespoon dried catnip, and 1 large egg in a blender or food processor until a smooth, thick dough forms. Form the dough into ¼ teaspoon size balls and place on baking sheet. Slightly flatten each ball. Bake until golden, which is about 15 minutes. Cool completely and store in airtight container for up to 5 days, or freeze.
Treats for Dogs
There are lots of recipes that contain peanut butter- please be careful if the dog is going to be around people (particularly kids) who may have a peanut allergy! Eating a treat and then licking a child’s face with a severe peanut allergy may cause an allergic reaction for the child!!
Here is a peanut free and healthy treat that will help your pooch stay cool and hydrated this summer!
Puree a seedless watermelon in a blender or food processor. In cooking molds (you could use a muffin tray if you don’t have molds), pour a thin layer of Plain Greek Yogurt (if your dog has dairy allergies, skip this step). Fill the rest of the mold with the pureed watermelon, and freeze overnight (4 hours minimum). If you want more layers, alternate with smaller amounts of watermelon and yogurt! Keep frozen until ready to serve.