Homemade Holiday Dog Treats

Happy Holidays! Food is a big part of many seasonal events and celebrations. Do you enjoy cooking? If so, why not make your dog some special holiday cookies? Here, an Ellicott City, MD vet lists some great recipes you can make for Fido.


Combine minced beef or turkey with tomato paste, parmesan cheese, peas, carrots, and whole-wheat bread crumbs. Cook for 30 minutes at 400.


To make a dog-friendly version of this holiday classic, you’ll want to mix plain yogurt with sodium-free broth and an egg in a blender or food processor. For extra tail wags, put a dog biscuit on top.

Turkey Woofers

For this one, you’ll mix use a food processor to combine cooked, plain boneless turkey with egg, cheese, and dog-safe veggies, like peas, carrots, or sweet potato. You can add a bit of bacon grease or some bacon bits if you like. Divide into small portions, and cook for 20 minutes at 375.

Liver Brownies

Combine beef liver, whole-wheat flour, and eggs in a food processor. Pour the batter into a brownie or cupcake pan. Cook at 350 for 20-25 minutes. Don’t go overboard with these: Fido should only have small amounts of liver.

Pup-kin Yums

Combine pureed pumpkin with whole-wheat flour, eggs, and natural peanut butter. Once the batter has been divided into small portions, pop it in the oven at 375 for about 15 minutes.


Although Fido won’t care what his snacks look like, you may want to get a cute bone-shaped mold for his snacks. That way, you won’t have to worry about anyone mistaking your pet’s cookies for people snacks. These also make great gifts! Put some in a pretty jar, and tie a festive ribbon around it.


In addition to the recipes listed above, you can find ideas online, or make your own. Some safe ingredients for you to use are cooked, plain meat, fish, or poultry; cheese; olive oil; bacon bits; liver powder; sodium-free broth; eggs; bananas; sweet potatoes; peas; and carrots. Never give Fido garlic, onion, scallions, or chives; nuts; chocolate; grapes, currants, or raisins; pitted fruits; alcohol; mushrooms; meat on the bone; raw dough or yeast; or anything that contains xylitol.

All of us here at Howard County Animal Hospital want to wish you and your families a wonderful holiday season. Contact us, your Ellicott City, MD vet clinic, anytime.

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