By Michele C. Hollow of Pet News and Views
Our pets, like all of us, enjoy a treat every once in a while. The trick is not to over do it and to give your pets healthy options. Avoid Halloween candy, which can be hazardous to your pet’s health. Following are a few healthy treats that you can make for your pet.
Cookies for Cats
1 cup whole-wheat flour
1 6-ounce can tuna in oil (do not drain)
1 tablespoon oil
Mix all ingredients in a mixing bowl, adding a little water if dough is too stiff. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut into shapes with your favorite cookie cutter, or use a pizza cutter to cross-cut into small diamond shapes. Place on ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until firm. Store in an airtight container.
Pumpkin Cookies for Dogs
1½ cups whole wheat flour
1½ cups unbleached flour
2 tablespoons dry milk
1/2 cup oatmeal
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon dry yeast
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
Use your bread machine to mix the dough, or your mixer with a dough hook, or mix by hand. Place all the ingredients in your mixer and set it for the dough cycle. When the dough is done, remove it and roll it into 1/4-inch thick sheets.
Use bone-shaped cookie cutters, or a pizza cutter to cut the dough into squares or diamonds. Place the dog cookies on a lightly greased pan, and let them rise for an hour.Â Bake the dog treats for 45 minutes to an hour, at 275 degrees F.
Turn off the oven, and let the cookies continue to dry overnight in the oven. In the morning, they will be hard and crisp. And they will keep well, stored in an airtight container, at room temperature, for about 30 days.
Homemade Treats for Horses
Take a small pumpkin, cut off the top, and pull out the seeds and pulp. Fill the pumpkin with a mixture of sliced carrots and apples sprinkled with a little brown sugar and a few drizzles of molasses. Your horse will root out the goodies, then probably smash the pumpkin with a hoof to get at the pumpkin flesh, which is also nutritious.
If you pet ingests chocolate or other dangerous substance, call your veterinarian or the ASPCA’s Animal Poison at 888-426-4435. The ASPCA lists other helpful tips to keep your pets safe this Halloween.