While it's a delicious sweet treat for humans, chocolate is toxic to our canine friends, causing gastrointestinal, cardiovascular and central nervous problems that could be fatal. Research suggest that incidents of chocolate poisoning increase around Christmas and Easter time, when more chocolate is available. With Easter just around the corner, dog owners will want to include their pets in the family festivities, but there are ways to do this without feeding them potentially life-threatening chocolate. Here are some dog-safe treat ideas that your canine friend can tuck into while you and your family crack open your Easter eggs:
1. An omelette brunchWhile your dog can't have eggs of the chocolate variety, they can have the kind that are laid by hens. Mix some eggs with a small amount of cheese and cook them into a novelty bunny shaped mould. Not only are they delicious, but they're also a great source of protein for your pooch.
2. Banana and peanut butter cookiesYour dog will be pining for more after tasting these delectable treats. Made using a mixture of wheat flour, egg, banana, and peanut butter, these cookies are easy to make and can even be enjoyed by humans.
3. PancakesDogs need a special Easter breakfast too and dog-friendly pancakes are sure to be a crowd pleaser. This recipe isn't only for pancake day and can be enjoyed by our furry companions on all occasions.
4. Doggy doughnutsThis recipe tastes as good as it looks, combining the sweetness of peanut butter with the saltiness of bacon that is sprinkled on top.
5. Chicken liver and green bean treatsFor a yummy snack that is filled with nutrition, give these treats a try. Simply blend together chicken liver, green beans, one egg and some wheat flour into a dough and cut them into any shape of your choosing. Cook them at 180 °c for 25-30 minutes or until crisp.
6. Apple and carrot biscuitsCarrots aren't just for the Easter bunny, they can be baked into cookies for your dog to enjoy. For an extra treat, use 30g of apple sauce as the cookie's mixing agent for a delicious but safe sweet taste.
8. Chicken jerkyGive your dog something they can really sink their teeth into this Easter, with some homemade chicken jerky. Simply cut the chicken into thin strips and cook at a high temperature for two hours and they're ready for your four-legged friend to enjoy. These treats are packed with protein and a much better alternative to chocolate. Homemade snacks are great for your dog and really fun to make, especially with younger children. While it's easier to go to the shop, handmade treats are that extra bit special, most importantly, you know every ingredient that goes into the treats and there isn't a hint of chocolate to be found. When you're feasting on your Easter eggs, don't give into those begging puppy eyes, give them a homemade treat instead; they're safe, tasty and much better for them.
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