At first glance, these seasonal goodies look a lot like the ones you serve to friends and family. But this year, they’re just for pets, and pets only. We’ve packed our recipes full of the nutrients dogs and cats need. But remember, portion size matters, even on a special occasion.
CHOMPABLE CHARCUTERIE Appetizers for dinner are the best, but to avoid tummy troubles, don’t go overboard. Make sure the serving is only a quarter of their normal daily food intake and that their next meal is on the lighter side to equal things out. Here’s what we think pairs nicely for a perfect mini snack board.
Remember, avoid anything that’s dangerous for pets, especially grapes, macadamia nuts, chocolate, onions and garlic.
• Start with a small, clean cutting board or plate
• Add your pet’s regular food for up to half of the board
• Add some tasty treats and frozen cubes as accents
• Add fresh or frozen fruits and veggies
• Take a few pictures to show off and let your pet enjoy!
CRANBERRY “BREAD” PUDDING This treat is a great way to indulge your pet and help their digestion, all at the same time. Goat milk is full of gut-friendly probiotics, pumpkin has fiber to keep things moving, and cranberries are packed with powerful antioxidants.
• For dogs, break the Fruitables into smaller pieces, so the goat milk soaks in faster
• Pour recommended amount of goat milk on top
• Let goat milk soak into treats for 5-10 minutes, to create a bread pudding texture
• You’re ready to serve, but keep portions small to avoid an upset stomach
LUMP OF COAL COOKIES Give it to your pet as a special reward for being good, or when they’re on the naughty list for eating something they weren’t supposed to. Either way, this tasty recipe will make their stomach very happy. The activated charcoal in these cookies actually combats gas and tummy upsets. But due to its binding properties, you don’t want to feed this recipe daily.