From the friendly feline in fancy dress to canine companions in cute costumes, more and more of our favorite pets are joining trick-or-treaters and going door-to-door, taking part in festive Halloween celebrations. Of course with great fun comes great responsibility, so remember to stay vigilant and don’t let your pets fall for the ‘tricks’ instead of the ‘treats’! Those yummy chocolates and candies that we can’t get enough of are very bad for your pets — be extra careful to keep anything with the following ingredients away:
- Chocolate: At the very least, eating chocolate can cause upset stomachs and over-excitement. But if not taken care of properly, it might even lead to seizures or death. Avoid chocolate for your pets at all costs!
- Dried Fruits: Some cookies are wonderful for dogs, but those that contain raisins can cause kidney failure if ingested.
- Xylitol: This artificial sweetener found in many popular cookies and candies can be deadly to dogs. It causes dangerously low blood sugar levels and can make dogs go into a coma.
This doesn’t mean that your pets can’t have any fun on Halloween! As far as sticking to yummy and safe confectionary, your peeps have got you covered with an awesome dog treat recipe:
HALLOWEEN CUISINE FOR OUR SPOOKY PUPPERS AND DOGGOS
Is there anything our pooches love more than peanut butter? This super delicious pumpkin and peanut butter treat will definitely earn a lot of wags.
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 can of pumpkin puree
- 1 tsp of pumpkin pie spice
- 2 and 2/3 cup of all-purpose (plain) flour
- 3 tablespoons of peanut butter
- Warm the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
- Line your tray with baking parchment
- Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl and knead them
- Sprinkle flour on a surface and roll out the kneaded dough so it’s around 1/2 inch thick
- Use your cookie cutters—standard dog bone shapes are great, but you can make it festive with spooky cookie cutters—to create horrifically delicious cookies.
- Place the tray back in the oven for around 20 to 30 minutes or until they’re a nice light golden brown color
- Top them off with some delicious pet-safe icing!
Don’t forget—a treat should stay a treat! There’s always too much of a good thing and in this case it translates into extra calories that’ll cause your pooch to pack on the pounds. Avoid overindulging them by spacing out meals and giving smaller portions to compensate for these extras.