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Holiday Treats

The holidays aren't just for humans. Pets get excited too. With all the ham, turkey, desserts and side dishes, your pet is bound to want something good to eat. However, you don't want to give them people food that might not be good for them. Since you're baking anyway, why not bake them something special to make their holiday bright? Making treats is great because you can modify the recipe to fit your pet, you know the ingredients are the best and the treats will be preservative free. Here are some of my favorite recipes.

These are not meant to replace your pet's normal food. It is important for pets to receive a balanced diet. However, it doesn't hurt to let them splurge once in a while.


Cheese Biscuits

(12 biscuits)
My doggies love cheese, however some dogs can have allergic reactions to dairy. If you know your dog will be OK, try this recipe.

2 c Unsifted all-purpose flour
1 1/4 c Shredded Cheddar cheese
2 cl Garlic, finely chopped
1/2 c Vegetable oil
4 1/2 tb Water (up to 5 tbs.)

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees

2. Combine flour, cheese, garlic and vegetable oil in container of food processor. Cover, whirl until mixture is consistency of coarse meal. With machine running, slowly add water until mixture forms a ball. If you don't have a food processor you can use an electric mixer or mix by hand.

3. Divide dough into 12 equal pieces. Roll out each piece to 1/2"thickness. Cut out into shapes of your choice (doggie bones are cute, but for the holidays you can use holiday shapes if you like. If you don't have a cookie cutter, make a pattern using cardboard and cut around it). Transfer to ungreased cookie sheet. Do not reroll scraps.

4. Bake in preheated hot oven for 10 to 15 minutes or until bottom ofcookies are lightly browned. Carefully transfer bones to wire rack to cool completely. Refrigerate in airtight container.

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Oatmeal Cookies

(50 cookies)
3 c Whole wheat or rye flour
3 c Uncooked oatmeal
1/2 c Plain wheat germ
6 tb Margarine (or crisco or lard)
1/4 c Molasses
1 c Evaporated milk (or 3/4 c of water or chick stock)
1 c Water

1. Combine flour, oatmeal and wheat germ until thoroughly mixed.

2. Add Margarine, molasses, milk and water and stir until combined. You can use a food processor, electric mixer or do it by hand.The dough will be stiff.

3. Chill for a half hour.

4. Roll into 50 small, teaspoon sized balls. Flatten, place on greased cookie sheet, and bake for 1 hour at 300F.

Doughnuts For Dogs

2 c Whole wheat flour
3 T Oatmeal
1 Egg; lightly beaten
1 ts Garlic powder
2/3 c Beef or chicken broth

Place flour in a bowl, add egg and broth, mix well. Blend in oatmeal and garlic powder. Roll dough into a ball, roll out on a lightly floured surface to 1/2" thick. Cut with small doughnut cutters. Reroll scraps and repeat. Arrange on a shallow baking dish or on a sheet or parchment paper in a single layer. Cook on HIGH 10 minutes or until firm. Let cool until hardened. Store in covered container in refrigerator.

Small Animals

Rodent Bites

2 cups cornmeal
2.5 cups flour
2-3 tablespoons honey
1/4 cup sunflower butter (or peanut butter)
1-2 cups water
2 tablespoons butter
dash of salt

Mix all ingredients. Add water until desired consistency and spoon onto cookie sheet. Bake 10-15 minutes at about 350F. You can also dust brewers yeast on top before baking. Or, you can add oatmeal or nuts or seeds to the mixture. You don't have to add sunflower (or peanut) butter.

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Guinea Pig Salad

10% carrots
20% parsley
50% red leaf lettuce
5% hay
5% alfalfa
10% sunflower seeds (not shelled)
You can throw these ingredients together in just about any quantity and your Guinea pig will love it. It's also good for rabbits and other small animals. Some of the ingredients are very fatty, so don't feed too much at one time.


Mackerel Loaf

(6 Servings)
2 15 oz. cans mackerel (or 3 6 oz. cans tuna in oil or 1/2 lb.+ cooked cod or other white fish)
4 eggs
8 slices whole wheat bread, crumbled
3 cups milk
2 teaspoons bone meal (or 1200 mg calcium or 2/3 teaspoons eggshell powder)
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
5,000 i.u. vitamin A
100-200 i.u. vitamin E

Blend egg, milk, and supplements together. Add the bread and mackerel and mix well. Serve raw or bake in a shallow dish at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes. Immediately freeze what cannot be eaten in 2-3 days.

Cat Bites

2 Flat cans of sardines in oil
2/3 c Cooked rice
1 tb Liver
1/4 c Parsley, chopped

Combine all ingredients. Stir with a wooden spoon to break up sardines into bite-sized pieces. Store unused portion in refrigerator, tightly covered.

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Kitty Crunchies

1 lb. chicken necks and gizzards (or other meat)
3 tbsp. bone meal
1 can chopped mackerel
1 tbsp.sea salt or 2 tbsp. kelp
2 c. full fat soy flour powder
2 c. whole wheat flour
4 tbsp. oil or fat
1 c. rye flour
1 tbsp. cod liver oil
1 c. cornmeal
3 cloves garlic minced
1 c. wheat germ
1 c. dry milk powder1/2 c. chopped onion (opt)
1/4 c. alfalfa powder
1 quart water
1/2 c. nutritional yeast

Mix all ingredients together, except the yeast, to make a firm dough.

Spread flat on a cookie sheet and roll to 1/4 to 1/2 inch thickness. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes. Cook break into bite sized chunks and sprinkle with the yeast. (For cats you might want to cut dough into small squares or ribbons before baking).

Store in airtight containers. Keeps 2-3 days without refrigeration. Longer with it. Supplement with a bit of fresh food, raw meat scraps, chopped vegetables, if fed on a regular basis.



2 cups shredded carrots
1 shredded apple
1/3 cup molasses
1 cup bran
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup dry oatmeal

Mix all ingredients together. Should have a doughy consistency (if not, add more bran or flour). Place dough in muffin tins. Sprinkle w/brown sugar. Bake @400 degrees for 30-50 minutes or until done.

Horse Cookies

1 cup oatmeal
1 cup flour
1 cup shredded carrots
1 tsp. salt
1 tbs. sugar
2 tbs. vegetable oil
1/4 cup molasses
1/4 cup water

Mix ingredients as listed. Roll in to 1 1/2 inch balls & place on cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until golden brown in color.

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Bird Bread

1 cup wheat flour
1 cup cornmeal
1 cup oatmeal
1 cup plain yogurt
1 cup finely chopped well cooked chicken or 1 jar of chicken baby food 2 eggs with shells
3 jars various baby food vegetables
1 pkg. of frozen mixed vegetables
1/2 stick melted butter

Mix ingredients and place in a grease baking dish. Set oven temperature at 425. Bake about 20 min.


Bake 4 soft flour or corn tortillas. Mix 1 jar of baby food green beans or any other dark green or yellow vegetable and finely chopped carrots or broccoli. Spread on the tortillas and sprinkle shredded Cheddar cheese evenly over top. Roll up each tortilla and heat until cheese is melted. Cut into hand-held pieces after tortillas are cool enough to eat. Freeze in daily portions.

Ice Cream

4-5 Eggs
3 jars fruity baby food
1 cup fresh raspberries, blueberries or other fruit
1 cup unsweetened plain yogurt

Beat eggs until fluffy. Mix all ingredients together and pour into ice cube tray. When it is icy and sort of frozen remove and place into mixing bowl and mix on high until fluffy. Pour into ice cube tray with the cube insert present. When frozen put the cubes into freezer bags and freeze.


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