Christmas is just around the corner. It’s time to put up the tree and decorate the house with fairy lights.
We can sweep the dust off our recipe books and start preparing our Christmas dinner, bake cakes and gingerbread. But how will we treat our four legged family members this year? Don’t they also deserve some healthy homemade christmassy dog treats?
Unhealthy Christmas treats for dogs at the store
Supermarkets often stock the most extraordinary chocolate sweets and sugary cookies during the festive season, and they don’t lack behind on treats for pets. Especially pet stores have numerous colourful items, from massive candy canes to advent calendars.
Looks can be deceiving though, and those colourful snacks are often unhealthy for our pets. Many of these treats contain wheat, maize, or other plant material. Although these ingredients are ‘safe’ to feed our dogs, they are by no means healthy.
We decided to scroll through trusty Pinterest for some recipes of homemade Christmas treats for dogs, but this too was disappointing.
Most recipes for dog treats we find contain ingredients that are usually meant for human consumption. These ingredients would be listed as ‘safe’ for dogs to eat as well, but they are not healthy by any means.
We personally prefer to feed food that is healthy and species appropriate.
Since dogs love the taste of protein and fat, why not cut down on the plant material and feed them something healthy that they can’t wait to dive into?
Healthy and species appropriate alternative
We decided to create a species appropriate recipe for homemade Christmas treats for dogs that you can easily make at home with just one single ingredient.
You can switch out the cookie cutters for any shape of your preference. You could make snowflakes, gingerbread men, or Christmas trees!
If you do prefer more colorful treats, you might like our recipe for raw candy canes!
This recipe can be used year round for simple training treats (simply divide the meat on a sheet of parchment paper in very small dots), or in different shapes for other holidays like Easter!