One of the best parts of the holiday season is cooking and eating all the delicious food and treats we love. I can state without a shadow of a doubt that your pets feel the same way.
Most of the treats we bake, however, are unsafe for our pets to consume. This is especially true for baked goods like cookies that may contain chocolate or other dangerous ingredients.
So, how do you make sure you include your pets as you eat your way through the holidays? Easy! You make your cat or dog her very own pet Christmas cookie recipe.
There are many recipes you can find online that are safe and are sure to please your pet’s palate.
Personally, my pets enjoy a classic holiday peanut butter cookie. Keep reading to get the directions on how to make this delightful peanut butter pet cookie for your pet.
- 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour (see note below for substitutions)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 cup natural peanut butter
- 1 cup water
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 egg
NOTE: some dogs are allergic to flour/wheat. If you want to make these wheat-free, you can use rice flour or coconut flour as a replacement. It will work, but might change the consistency a bit.
#1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
#2 In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder, and the egg. Add peanut butter, water, honey and stir until you have stiff dough. The dough becomes very firm and sticky. You may need to use your hands or the paddle attachment on your mixer.
#3 On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough about ½-inch-thick and use a cookie cutter to make fun shapes. The treats barely spread and rise, so get creative with your shapes.
#4 Bake for 20 minutes, until golden.
#5 Keep in an airtight container or give as gifts!
Recipe Source: https://www.thecookierookie.com/pb-dog-treats/
I really hope your pet enjoys these tasty peanut butter cookies! But before you indulge your cat or dog too much, I do want to talk about a few pet treat safety tips.
Don’t Overfeed Your Pet
During the holidays, most of us indulge a bit too much. It’s something we need to be aware of and avoid doing.
The same rule applies to your pets.
We tend to overfeed our pets, especially during the holiday season. It’s hard not to when our furbabies are constantly begging for another bite.
However, pet obesity is a real problem and can cause serious health issues for your pet.
For this reason, I advise limiting the amount of treats you feed your pet. A cookie every other day is enough to keep your pet’s tail wagging!
Be Cautious of What You’re Feeding Your Pet
The cookie recipe I just provided is a pretty safe choice to feed your pet.
That being said, there’s always an exception to the rule, and it’s possible your pet may be sensitive to one or more of the ingredients the in peanut butter cookie recipe.
Introduce these cookies into your pet’s diet slowly. Take note of any unusual health concerns, like vomiting or diarrhea, that occur within 24 hours of feeding the peanut butter cookie to your pet.
If nothing happens, this recipe is safe for your pet.
If your pet does have problems, do not feed your furbaby any more cookies.
Talk to Your Vet
Some pets have pre-existing medical conditions like diabetes or kidney disease. For this reason, it may not be safe to feed your pet cookies that contain sugar or other ingredients.
Always check with your vet before adding new or extra foods into your cat or dog’s diet.
Making homemade pet cookies is the best way to ensure your pet is getting safe and healthy treats.
The same is true with pet food.
That’s why I recommend feeding pets The Original CrockPET Diet®.
This all-natural pet food meal plan is packed with fresh meats and vegetables that provide
your cat or dog with the best nutrition possible.
There’s no better gift that you can give your pet than a diet that
promotes a long, happy, and healthy life.