Christmas and Hanukkah Dog Treats

by Mary Haight on December 22, 2008

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Dog treats are in the news and not in a good way, I’m afraid.   The people who brought us melamine in dog food appear to be at it again, spotted first this time in Australia.  The problem has been identified in a chicken jerky dog treat which was also imported in the US.  Gina Spadafori wrote at the Pet Connection that an FDA warning appeared on December 19 in this regard, and you can read her story there.

Since it’s the holiday season, I’m taking the opportunity to share a couple of dog treat recipes to use  in lieu of store bought cookies.  We make lovely holiday cookies for our families and friends: why not for our dogs? It’s fun and your dog will LOVE you for it.  You might want to add them to the hosts gift you bring to Christmas and Hanukkah gatherings from your dog to theirs.  Just a note: size matters.  Please bake cookies in accord with the size of the dog to prevent choking or other problems.

Pumpkin Dog Cookies

Preheat oven to 300F

Ingredients:  15 Ounce Canned Pumpkin Puree (NOT SPICED as for pie), 3/4 cup cream of wheat or rice cereal, 1/2 cup dry powdered milk,  Spoon onto cookie tray, I like to use parchment paper, and bake for 15-20 minutes.

Pumpkin is a little miracle for dogs.  It imparts antioxidants beta carotene, vitamins C. and E and is helpful in regulating the other end of your dog, too!  Loose stools after company feeds your dog under the table?  Add a couple of tablespoons of pumpkin to your dog food.  Hard stools?  Same thing.

Sunflower Seed Cookies

Preheat Oven to 350F

Ingredients: 2 cups flour, 1/3 cup oatmeal, 1/2 cup shelled, unsalted, raw sunflower seeds, 2 tablespoons vegetable or olive oil, 1/2 cup chicken broth, 2 whole eggs mixed with 1/4 cup milk, 1 extra egg, mixed to apply as glaze. Optional: 2 tblspns of mint leaves.

Mix dry ingredients first, add the liquid ingredients by folding into the dry mixture, and let the dough rest for 30 minutes in refrigerator.  Roll out on floured countertop and use cookie cutters or create your own freestyle shapes.  Apply egg glaze and bake for 30 minutes or until browned.

Would you like to share your dog’s favorites?

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