By Sonia Charry, Guest Blogger
Fall is finally here! The weather is nippy, leaves have changed color and we’re looking forward to holidays full of good food. Most of our traditional holiday recipes are not dog-safe, but with a few adjustments, you can easily make a dog-friendly version of your favorite holiday dish for your pup.
The key to these recipes is keeping it simple. Most spices and seasonings are trouble for dogs, so it’s best to skip those. The good news is that this keeps preparation easy and quick for you.
Pumpkin is very nutritious and safe for dogs. For a quick treat, mix some pureed pumpkin in with your dog’s kibble. Use canned pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling, which includes spices and seasonings). You can also make your own pumpkin puree using this easy recipe.
Pumpkin isn’t the only good fall squash – they’re all nutritious and delicious. Best of all, you have your pick of many different kinds and flavors all autumn long. An easy way to prepare squash is to slice it in half, brush lightly with olive oil, then bake at 400 degrees for 40-50 minutes. Use a spoon to scrape the roasted flesh out to serve to your dog or cut it into cubes.
Sweet Potato Chews
This recipe puts your dehydrator to great use. If you don’t have a dehydrator, it’s still very easy. Peel sweet potatoes and cut into ¼ to ½ inch slices. Bake at 250 degrees for 2 to 3 hours, turning halfway. These make great substitutes for rawhides, which can be dangerous for your dog.
Dogs love carrots. They’re packed with vitamins and nutrients, which make them a healthy treat. Wrap them in foil and bake at 400 degrees until tender (approximately 45 minutes).
Green Bean “Casserole”
Okay, it’s not really a casserole, but it’s close. Steam green beans and top with a little shredded cheddar cheese. Dogs love both ingredients. The green beans are low in calories and taste sweet to dogs. And what dog doesn’t love cheese?
These five recipes are easy, delicious and make great treats for your dog. Best of all, they use ingredients you’re probably already shopping for this fall. Have fun and bone appetite! (As with any adjustments to your dog’s diet, please consult your veterinarian if you have questions. )