Whether you want to bake or buy treats, there are so many cute ways
to treat your fur babies (or scale babies) AND your people. Just
remember that moderation is key so that no one gets sick.
Homemade Pet Goodies
If you’re feeling domestic, we’ve included a safe ingredients table
for home-baked treats. There are so many recipes you can find online for
guidance, but ingredients that are generally safe for your dogs and
cats are as follows.
- Safe base ingredients: Flour, gluten-free oat flour, baking soda, carrots, oil, potato
- Safe binding agents: Honey, peanut butter, eggs, applesauce, bacon fat, pumpkin, oat milk, bananas
- Safe edible decorations: Peanut butter, yogourt, bacon crumbles, carob chips
- Safe base ingredients: Rice flour, tuna, salmon, mussels, squid, chicken, sweet potato
- Safe binding agents: Egg whites, eggs
- Safe edible decorations: Cheese, shrimp, mashed potato (as frosting)
You can use these ingredients to make dog biscuits, cat treats,
cakes, cupcakes and meatballs. Some online recipes suggest that cakes
with these ingredients can be tasty for humans, too. No promises of that
on our end, but we can offer this holiday-themed Hallmark recipe.
For rodents and reptiles, your recipe needs to be pretty specific to
be safe, so we recommend finding a vet-approved recipe like this one and following it exactly!
There are also pre-made mixes to simplify the process, but check with your vet in case your baby has even more specific needs.
Safety tips for protecting puppy tummies
1. Try to limit the number of indigestible things the dogs have access to.
2. Don’t overdo the treats! It’s a special day, and a yakking dog is a buzzkill at best.
Homemade treats can spoil quickly, and too many of them aren’t good
for your pet anyway. So if you’re going to bake up a storm, it’s a good
idea to send guests home with leftovers for the pets in their lives.
It’s also just a nice way to show your appreciation for their pet’s
stellar party behavior.
Fun tips for doggy (and other pet) bags:
- Throw in a toy just in case other pets don’t like your baking. This is no time for ego.
- Use takeaway bags
for human food, too! This way, guests who don’t have their own pets can
still walk away with a party favour. To avoid mixing pet and human
foods, you can have a build-your-own-bag station setup.
- If you have a lot of dog owners, key-chain doggy bag dispensers are a
great, practical gift that can still prompt guests to take leftovers.
- Include a thank-you card to show your appreciation even more.
Just because this food is for humans, doesn’t mean it can’t be
themed, y’all. We do advise clear labels so that guests don’t
accidentally feed a human treat to a pet, though. Or vice versa.
Some people treats that can fit any theme:
- Bakery-style sugar cookies with relevant icing designs
- Any kind of cookie in the shape of your pet
- Pawprint cookies (like thumbprint or linzer cookies but with a paw shape)
- Cat poop cookies (my mom did this for Halloween once, and there are
many, MANY ways to make pet poop jokes if you’ve got the guts)
- Chips and dip in pet bowls
- Pizza with toppings in the shape of your pet
- Pet pancakes—you can even have a pancake party and try to make accurate shapes with the batter!
- Normie food but with themed serve ware. This can include the usual
plates, napkins, utensils and/or more eccentric options like taco
holders, mugs and platters