a festive feast: pet-friendly holiday recipes

Posted by Dr. Jules Benson on Dec 08 2011

Table scraps, bones and sweets can be hazardous to your pet's health. This holiday season, harness your inner cook by making these seasonal treats from the vet experts at Petplan.

Remember, a full-blown feast can be bad for Fido. Treats should make up less than 5-10% of your pet’s caloric intake. Ask your vet how many calories your pet should have to stay trim. It's different for every breed, level of activity and life stage!

Paws-atively Peanuty Crudité
Baby Carrots
Apple slices
Celery sticks (no longer than 4 inches)
Natural unsalted creamy peanut butter

With a spoon or butter knife, spread a small amount of peanut butter onto each baby carrot, apple slice and along the inside surface of the celery and then arrange on a small plate. Give one carrot, one apple slice and one stick of celery to each pet.

Turkey Pie
3.5 cups cooked (unseasoned) chopped white turkey meat
1 cup chopped raw broccoli
½ cup chopped apples
1 1/2 cups cooked millet
1 T kelp powder

Rinse the turkey break with cold water and pat dry.
Wrap the breast with aluminum foil, folding the edges to seal in moisture. Place in a baking pan. Roast at 350 degrees for 20 minutes per pound.
Open the aluminum foil, being careful not to burn yourself on the escaping steam. Chop once cooled.
Combine broccoli and apples in blender or food processor and blend until minced.
In bowl, combine vegetable mix with turkey, millet and kelp powder and mix thoroughly.
Divide into portions appropriate for your pet’s caloric intake.
Makes 6 ½ cups (163.5 calories per cup).
Recipe from Dr. Ernie Ward’s Chow Hounds: Why Our Dogs are Getting Fatter - a Vet's Plan to Save Their Lives (2010 HCI).

Sweet Potato Cookies
1 large cooked sweet potato
1 banana
1 T vegetable oil
½ cup quinoa flour

Preheat oven to 350. In a medium bowl, mash together the banana and sweet potato until well blended. Add the vegetable oil, then add the flour to the wet mixture until well blended.
Place one teaspoon of dough on a nonstick baking sheet and lightly flatten. Repeat for all dough.
Bake 30 minutes.
Makes 4 dozen cookies, each with 14-15 cal.
Recipe from Dr. Ernie Ward’s Chow Hounds: Why Our Dogs are Getting Fatter - a Vet's Plan to Save Their Lives (2010 HCI).