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Halloween candy is absolutely forbidden for pets - lollipop sticks can get stuck in a throat and candy wrappers can cause an obstruction. But the animal in your life likes a treat, too, so here are some recipes that are healthy for your pet - and tasty, too.
TASTY CAT CLAWS
Makes 18 treats
- 1/4 cup warm water
- 5 tablespoons parmesan cheese
- 3 tablespoons soft margarine
- 1 tablespoon cod liver oil
- 1 cup white flour
- 1/4 cup soy flour
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Combine water, cheese, margarine and oil.
- Add flour and form a dough.
- Roll to 1/4 inch thick and cut with cookie cutter.
- Bake at 300 degrees on an ungreased cookie sheet for 20-25 minutes or until cookies are lightly golden.
TRICKY TREATS FOR DOGS
Makes 14 treats
- 2 cups water
- 3/4 cup canned applesauce
- 1/8 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 egg
- 3 cups whole-wheat flour
- 1 cup white flour
- 1/4 cup chopped nuts
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 cup oats
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- In a bowl, mix water, applesauce, vanilla and egg thoroughly.
- In a separate blow, combine flour, nuts, baking powder, nutmeg, and cinnamon, stirring well.
- Add wet ingredients to dry and mix well.
- Spoon into greased muffin tins, filling each cup completely and bake for about 1 1/4 hours. Cool completely and store in a sealed container.
Note: All recipes are for special-occasion treats for your pet. They should not replace meals and should be offered sparingly. If your pet has food allergies or special dietary requirements, check with your veterinarian before offering them.
If your pet is on a special diet, you may consult with your veterinarian and obtain a canned version of that diet. Often the canned formula can be rolled out, cut into shapes and baked. Most treats bake at 350 degrees F for 12 - 20 minutes or until firm to the touch.