Homemade pet-friendly treats for Easter

by PDSA | 18 March

Spoil your pet this Easter with these homemade recipes.

Easter is the perfect time to get together with your friends and family. And what better way to celebrate than by tucking into tasty Easter treats?

It’s not uncommon for pets to get their paws on foods they shouldn’t. Unfortunately, most Easter foods we enjoy, such as chocolate and hot cross buns, are dangerous and potentially toxic to your furry friend. That’s why it’s important to be extra careful at Easter to make sure that there isn’t human food lying around.

Just because your pet can’t eat the Easter treats we enjoy doesn’t mean they can’t celebrate with you. Instead, spoil your furry friend with one of our vet-approved pet recipes. But make sure these treats don’t take up more than 10% of your pet’s daily food allowance and reduce their portion accordingly. You can find out more about giving your pet the right diet and exercise with our Weigh Up campaign.

Whether it’s a gingerbread dog biscuit or a cat-friendly pancake, you’ll find plenty of safe and mouth-watering homemade pet recipes right here.


Gingerbread dog biscuits

Spoil your pup with yummy homemade gingerbread dog biscuits. For this recipe, you’ll need flour, peanut butter, a finely chopped apple, cinnamon, ground ginger, blackstrap molasses and water.

Once you have all the ingredients, you can make your own gingerbread dog biscuits in six easy steps. Just add all of the ingredients to a large bowl and mix thoroughly to form a dough. Roll out the dough and place the biscuits in the oven for 20 minutes. Voila – you have delicious Easter dog treats.

We suggest feeding just one biscuit per day for smaller dogs (below 10kg) and two per day for your bigger dogs (above 10kg).

For the full gingerbread dog biscuit recipe, read more here.


Cat tuna treats

If you are looking for an Easter treat for your feline friend, we have the perfect homemade recipe for you. For this tasty tuna treat, all you’ll need is a tin of tuna, 1 egg, flour and water.

Blend the tuna until smooth, before combining the egg and flour.

After you’ve made your dough, roll it out and cut out your biscuits to place in the oven at 180°C. And you could even make a round shape to look like an Easter egg! Whatever shape you decide, your cat will absolutely love these cat treats!

Remember that these are treats and should only be given to your cat in moderation. Your cat can have half a biscuit daily, with their food reduced by 10%.

For the full cat tuna treat recipe, read more here.


Dog friendly pancake

There’s no denying that dogs absolutely love peanut butter! So, what better way to treat them this Easter than with a dog-friendly pancake recipe that uses peanut butter? Just remember to avoid peanut butter that contains xylitol, as it’s toxic to dogs.

For this dog-friendly pancake recipe, you’ll need flour, eggs, water and peanut butter (or another topping). To get started, simply mix the flour, eggs and water together. Then, pour part of the mixture into a non-stick pan on medium heat. Cook until golden brown on each side, and then serve with the peanut butter topping. Your precious pooch won’t be able to resist this treaty treat! Just make sure that you don’t overfeed your dog and only give them one pancake each day.

For the full dog pancake recipe, read more here.


Cat friendly pancake

Treat your feline friend with our vet-approved cat pancake recipe. The best part about this recipe is that there is no cooking involved at all and can be made in three easy steps! To get started, all you’ll need is cooked turkey, tinned tuna, sweet potato puree and a banana (to garnish).

Begin by draining the tuna and breaking it down into smaller pieces. Then, combine the tuna with the cooked turkey and slowly stir in the sweet potato. Mix it all together until it binds. To make your cat-friendly pancakes stand out even more, just add a banana slice on top. Your feline friend will be delighted with their pancake treat. When feeding your cat this treat, be sure to give no more than one pancake daily and reduce their food by 10%.

For the full cat-friendly pancake recipe, read more here.


Honey and banana dog cakes

Our delicious recipe for honey and banana cakes is safe for your pooch and humans – so you can enjoy this treat together. For this recipe, you’ll need baking spread (or coconut oil), honey, bananas, eggs and flour.

Once you have all the ingredients, you’ll need to mix the baking spread with honey. Then, add the eggs and mix until pale. Add mashed bananas to the mix and sift in flour. Fold through the wet ingredients and divide into mini cake cases before baking for 15-20 minutes. There you have mouth-watering Easter dog treats for your beloved pooch. We recommend only giving your dog one treat daily and make sure that you reduce their food by 10%.

For the full honey and banana dog cake recipe, read more here.


Pumpkin pet treats for cats and dogs

If you have a cat and/or a dog, then this pumpkin pet treat is perfect for your furry companions. You’ll need grated carrots, apple sauce, tinned pumpkin (or pumpkin puree), rice flour, oats and plain flour (for rolling).

Start by blending the grated carrots, applesauce and pumpkin together until smooth. In a separate mixing bowl, mix the rice flour and oats together. When you’re happy with this mixture, combine it with the carrots, apple sauce and pumpkin mix to make dough. Roll out the dough and cut out shapes to put in the oven. It’s as simple as that! You now have an Easter treat perfect for your cat and/or dog.

When feeding these treats to your pet, reduce their food by 10%. Cats can have half a biscuit daily, whilst dogs under 15kg can have one biscuit daily. Larger dogs over 15kg can have two biscuits daily.

For the full pumpkin pet treat recipe, read more here.


Keep your pet safe this Easter

There are so many hazards around at Easter from chocolate to decorations. That’s why it’s worth staying vigilant over Easter to ensure that your furry friend is safe. Whether you make them their own treats with one of our tasty recipes or simply buy them delicious treats online, your pet will be able to join in the fun this Easter.

For more information on keeping your pet safe this Easter, read here.

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