Happy National Dog Biscuit Day! Consider showing your furry companion a little extra love by baking them some extra special treats. We even have you covered with pet-approved recipes! And don’t worry, cat parents, we simply had to include our feline friends in this delicious day as well.
When you cook for your pets, remember to ensure your recipe uses pet-friendly ingredients and has been approved by a veterinarian. Whether you use our recipe or your own, if it includes animal-based ingredients, please check out our list of welfare-certified options.
Here are two super simple recipes provided and approved by our experts at the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC). Happy snacking!
Peanut Butter and Yogurt Balls for Dogs
2 cups flour
2 tbsp peanut butter*
12 oz. plain yogurt*
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients and let sit for 5 minutes. Form small balls and place in a muffin pan. Bake for 20 minutes, let cool, and enjoy! You can store these delicious treats in an airtight container.
*Make sure you are not using any sugar-free products and that none of your ingredients contain xylitol.
Tuna Crackers for Cats
6 oz. undrained tuna in water*
1 cup cornmeal
1 cup flour
1/3 cup water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all your ingredients together and roll into ¼-inch balls. Placed on a greased cookie sheet and flatten using your thumb. Bake for 20 minutes. You can store these snacks in an airtight container.
*Do not omit/replace tuna. While the occasional meat-free treat is fine, cats need meat in their diets, and not providing this source of protein could result in severe health problems.
Homemade treats are a useful tool in knowing what’s in your pet’s food. Just be sure to always check the products you are including in your recipe and be mindful about which ingredients and spices could be potentially toxic. Also, remember that treats should be given sparingly in addition to a balanced, vet-approved diet, and not in replacement of regular meals.