Holiday Treats for Senior Dogs

The holiday season is in full swing and so is baking season! There is no reason our furry friends cannot benefit from all the baked goods that are associated with the season by making them some holiday treats. While some flavors, like chocolate, are unsafe for dogs there are plenty of festive recipes that are completely dog friendly.

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Apple Mint Dog Treats

Ingredients:

  • 1½ cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup oat bran
  • 2 tablespoons dry milk
  • 1 ½ teaspoons dry baking yeast
  • 2 tablespoons chopped spearmint leaves
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 2 teaspoons spinach powder

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Mix until smooth.
  2. Once the dough is mixed thoroughly, use a rolling pin to flatten dough to about 1/4 inch thick.
  3. Use a cookie cutter to create desired shape and place on non-stick baking pan.
  4. Bake in the oven at 250 degrees Fahrenheit for an hour. After an hour let the treats cool in the oven, this works best overnight.

Holiday Pupcake

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of whole wheat flour
  • ¼ cup of wheat germ
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup of molasses
  • ½ cup of canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 apple, cored and chopped

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Oil a 12-cup bundt pan with vegetable oil and flour.
  3. In a bowl mix the flour, wheat germ, baking powder, and cinnamon together. In a separate large bowl mix together the molasses, and oil, then add in the eggs one by one. Stir until fully blended together. Add in the vanilla along with ½ cup of water to the second bowl.
  4. Combine the flour and wet mixture together. Mix well until smooth.
  5. Once completely mixed fold in the chopped apple pieces.
  6. Put the batter into the pan and place in the oven. Bake for around 40 minutes.
  7. Allow the cake to cool completely before serving.

Add these fun holiday treats to your dessert table to include your canine companion in on the festivities!

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