Holiday Treats: Naughty or Nice?
The naughty or nice list.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year—for dogs and cats. Lots of tasty foods and treats slipped from under the table. Plus, foods that randomly hit the floor are fair game. Below is a list of “naughty” and “nice” foods that can help you determine how to treat your pet during this time of food and festivities. As always, check with your veterinarian when it comes to your pet’s diet. Pet snacks should be smaller than the size of their paw.
- Chocolate or candy
- Grapes or raisins
- Butter or ice cream
- Milk or eggnog
- Artificial sweetener
- Holiday plants (hang high and out of reach)
- Cooked eggs
- Apples (but not the seeds)
- Cooked chicken
- Green beans
- Cooked sweet potato
- Natural peanut butter
- Plain yogurt
- Cooked pumpkin
- Cottage cheese
Holiday treats for pets.
Why do humans get to have all the holiday food fun? Here are some seasonal recipes your pets are sure to love.
Crispy Liver Morsels
- 1/2 cup cooked chicken livers, cooled
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/4 cup cooked carrot, mashed
- 1 tablespoon soft margarine
- Preheat the oven to 325°F.
- Place well-done livers in a blender with 1/4 cup water and blend.
- Combine flour and margarine in a large bowl.
- Add liver/water mixture and carrots to the bowl.
- Knead dough into a ball.
- Roll dough to 1/4-inch and cut into one-inch pieces.
- Place pieces on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes.
- Let cool and let your pet enjoy.
Pumpkin Pup Puffs
- 1 1/2 cups canned pumpkin
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 1/2 cups oats
- 1/4 cup applesauce
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Mix all ingredients together thoroughly.
- Drop tablespoonfuls of the mixture onto an ungreased baking sheet, and press flat with a fork.
- Bake for approximately 15 minutes and then cool on a rack before serving.
- To maximize freshness, store the puffs in an airtight container.
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 cup finely chopped carrots
- 1/2 cup chopped spinach
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
- 3/4 cup water
- Whisk together the first 4 ingredients in large mixing bowl. Stir in the carrots and spinach.
- Combine the egg, oil, and water together and add to the flour mixture, mixing well.
- Turn the dough onto a floured work surface and knead for 3 to 5 minutes.
- Shape the pieces of dough in to 1 1/2-inch balls. Flatten, then poke hole in center, forming bagel-like shapes.
- Bake at 350°F for 45 to 50 minutes. Cool on wire racks.