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Homemade Holiday Pet Treats

When preparing your family’s holiday menu this year, don’t forget your furry friend! Garland Animal Services recommends two homemade recipes that are sure to pass your pet’s taste test.

Sweet Potato Dog Treats

Ingredients: Two sweet potatoes

Cooking instructions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Peel sweet potatoes and cut into 1/4 inch thick rounds. Place sweet potato rounds, in a single layer, on two non-stick baking sheets. Bake for 2.5 to 3 hours, until fully dehydrated. Flip after 1.5 hours. Let cool before serving.

Fishy Cat Treats

Ingredients:

One 15-oz. can of mackerel

½ to one cup whole grain flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

Cooking instructions: Mash up the mackerel in a bowl—juice, bones, skin and all. Add the baking powder and as much flour as it takes to make a thick dough (½ to one cup). Spread out the dough about ¼-inch thick onto an oiled cookie sheet, then use a knife or pizza cutter to cut it into small squares. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes. Once cooked, break into squares and store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week, or in the freezer for up to three months.

While it’s nice to treat your pet, remember there are certain human foods pets should never eat:

  • Chocolate, coffee, caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Avocado
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Grapes and raisins
  • Yeast dough
  • Raw/undercooked meat, eggs and bones
  • Xylitol
  • Onions, garlic, chives
  • Milk
  • Salt

For information on pet-friendly events, vaccination clinics, pet health tips and more, check out the monthly Paws Newsletter. Visit GarlandAnimalServices.org to learn about additional services and programs.