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Healthy dog treats to add cheer this festive season & beyond

23 Oct 2018

With Halloween, Diwali, Thanksgiving and Christmas not far away, the festive season is clearly upon us and many homes will be filled with the wonderful smells of goodies being baked. Most likely you won’t be able to share your own festive goodies with your furry family member because of the fat, sugar, nuts, bones or other pet-unfriendly ingredients.

 

Does that mean your dog should miss out on festive treats? Absolutely not; pets are family afterall (and who can resist those eyes )! Besides the all natural healthy treats available like Radical Dog from New Zealand and The Barkery treats from Singapore, some love to create their own homemade dog treats where they can meet their dog's dietary requirements. If you'd like to get your apron on, below are a few recipes with the flavours a dog can not resist!

 

Diwali delight - a drool worthy solution for vegetarian treat seekers!

 

Diwali is a time when most Hindus decorate their homes with lamps and offer their God and guests a very wide range of yummy sweets and treats, many of which are harmful for your pet.  It is also a time when a lot of Hindu's prefer to avoid eating meat and that applies to doggy food and treats too.

 

Loyal.D staff Polo will join his family in this year's festive fun without feeling left out as he has his own vegetarian, anti-oxidant rich Radical Dog treats, while his human family gorges on Indian sweets like ladoos and barfi (and pile on the calories).  This guilt-free all-natural dog treat is a big hit as the anti-oxidants from the tart cherries keep this senior dog's joints flexible, coat healthy and energy levels up.  Here's to a happy & healthy Diwali for your furry ones too! 

 

 

Vivian's Pumpkin & Sesame Halloween Cookies 

 

Pumpkin Cookies
250g Gluten free flour
80g   Mashed pumpkin
20g   Olive oil
80g   Water

In a bowl,  sift flour, add mashed pumpkin, olive oil and mix them all well together. Slowly add water to the mixture, knead into a dough and roll out flat. Use cookie cutter to cut into your desired shape.  Place on baking tray. Preheat oven for 10 minutes at 170-180 degrees celsius.  Bake for 20 mins, take out, cool and enjoy!

Black Sesame Cookies
300g Gluten free flour
20g   Black sesame powder
20g   Olive oil
15g   Milk
150g Water

Flaxseed Cookies
Use the same ingredients as the black sesame cookies but change the black sesame powder to Flaxseed. Baking Method is the same for all the cookies.

 

Carrie's Turkey Casserole - Thanksgiving Special

This easy homemade dog food recipe can be a regular addition or a special Thanksgiving meal for your fur friends.

 

Ingredients:

  • 700 grams ground turkey (cook in large skillet with 2 tbs of olive oil)

  • 4-6 cups Mixed frozen veggies (carrot, peas, corn, green beans). 

Method: Add mixed veggies to cooked turkey, cover mixture until veggies are nearly cooked through and then add 2 cups cooked brown rice or quinoa (or stir in raw oats).  Add to mixture and stir thoroughly.

 

You can substitute frozen veggies for fresh veggies like Sweet Potato (leave skin on), broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, corn.  Cut into bite size pieces and add to cooked turkey, cook until veggies are nearly cooked (but not mushy).

 

Christmas turkey dog-cake with peanut butter icing

This easy to make Christmas Turkey cake comes highly recommended with flavours your dog can't resist!

 

Serves: 4 portions for medium to large dogs or 8 – 10 portions for smaller dogs

Preparation time: 10 minutes  Cooking time: 25 minutes

 

Ingredients:

  • 450g Turkey (or chicken) mince

  • 1 cup rolled oats (110g)

  • 50g roughly chopped parsley

  • 1 free-range egg

  • 2 tbsp water (40ml)

  • ½ cup of vegetable offcuts (50g) example: carrot, zucchini, cucumber

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 160°C (fan forced oven)

  2. Spray a 12 cm round cake tin with oil and line with baking paper, set aside.

  3. Place the Turkey mince, oats, parsley, egg and water in a food processor and blend until combined.

  4. Tip Turkey mixture into a bowl and stir in the vegetable off-cuts with a wooden spoon until evenly mixed through.

  5. Then spoon mixture into the prepared cake tin and bake for 25 minutes or until just cooked through and firm to the touch.

  6. Remove from oven and allow to cool in tin. Once cool, remove the cake from tin. 

Now the cake is ready to be iced (see icing recipe below) and decorate with vegetable or fruit shapes.

 

Tips:

  • For a firmer cake - cook for 35 mins – 40 mins.

  • This cake freezes well.

  • Cats love this cake too! Just leave off the icing.

Healthy facts:

  • Did you know oats are really good for dogs, highly nutritious and mineral rich!

  • Parsley is really good for your dogs breath and full of Vitamin A & C.

 

Peanut butter icing for dog cake

 

Ingredients: 

  • 250g cottage cheese 

  • 1 tbsp peanut butter (no added salt or sugar)

To decorate cake:  4 cut out veggies or fruit (1 cm thick) of your choice, which are suitable for dogs

 

Method: 

  1. Place the cottage cheese and peanut butter in a medium bowl and whisk with eggbeaters until blended and is smooth

  2. Spread the icing over cake with a butter knife or the back of a spoon.

  3. Decorate with festive vegetable or fruit cutouts. You can use any style cutout you like to make it festive, like stars or Christmas trees. 

Healthy fact: Cottage cheese is high in calcium and protein and low in lactose. Avoid if your dog has issued digesting dairy.

 

Supplement with some healthy Radical Dog treats

 

If you don’t have time to make the above homemade recipes, check out our range of healthy treats online: www.loyald.com/healthytreats  Top your dog's regular meal with a few healthy radical dog treats  - a healthy dog is a happy dog!

 

Research has proven that tart cherries like those used in the Radical Dog treats reduce joint inflammation and aid in muscle recovery.   These treats are made with love and care on a farm in New Zealand's pristine South island by a fourth generation New Zealand farming family, using natural human-grade ingredients, with no by-products, fillers or preservatives.  

DO NOT feed your dog these foods as they can be toxic and life threatening:

 

 

 

 

Grapes, raisins, garlic, onions, caffine, salt, sugar, brittle bones like chicken bones, chocolate, alcohol, xylitol and nuts. 

 

If you plan to introduce your dog to any new food, do it one at a time for at least one month. Don't introduce two new food items at the same time. This allows your dog's body time to get used to the one new food and will also help you figure out if your dog is allergic to anything.   

 

Here's to a happy and healthy festive season!

 

 

 

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