But first, let’s talk about ingredients! We prefer to skip those that are just unnecessary and hard for dogs and cats to digest, plus given Nala’s allergies we have to eliminate them anyway.
Ingredients such as wheat flour, other flour, oats and rice are not important as they do not offer any nutritional benefits and it can be hard for your furry ones to digest. We prefer to give them single ingredient meaty treats that are 100% natural. But the choice is yours.
Here are some DIY ideas for Christmas treats/ dinner! They are super simple, and you don’t have to feed it raw. So, grab your shopping bag and spoil your furry ones.
This is super simple:
Dehydrated treats – this can be veggies or meat like sweet potatoes, broccoli or chicken jerky, beef jerky and the list goes on.
Get creative and use an interactive feeder or puzzle to feed the appetizers, it works up their appetite for the next delicious main course.
Main course topping – Roasted Offal
You can pretty much feed your dog (and cats) any human grade meat including offals available in the store. Our dogs love these and they get it as their meal topper every now and then. But let me warn you that I am usually cooking with my eyes so excuse me for not describing the actual quantity used. You don’t have to choose all that are mentioned and we normally find lamb organs easily in Carrefour.
a) Heart, tongue, brain etc.
b) Baking or roasting in a pan.
c) Dash of good quality cooking olive oil (use very little or skip it).
d) Pinch of turmeric. Turmeric has great anti-inflammatory properties.
e) Your choice of herbs to bring in some flavor, for example we would use dried rosemary just a little so it is not overwhelming.
f) Roast it!
Tip: Do not feed it all at once, split for the next couple of days. Like anything else, feed in a small serving and see if your dog or cat can digest and not face any tummy issues. We feed along with their raw food as a topper.
Benefits of feeding offal:
Compared to regular cuts of muscle meat, organ meats are more densely packed with just about every nutrient, including heavy doses of B vitamins such as: B1, B2, B6, folic acid and vitamin B12.
Organ meats are also loaded with minerals like phosphorus, iron, copper, magnesium and iodine, and provide the important fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. It is important to note that animals raised outside on grass contain even higher levels of these essential nutrients than their grain-fed counterparts.
Source: Dogs Naturally
Dessert: Blueberry Kefir
This is another super easy recipe, and your dog or cat will love it.
All you need is
- A mold or lickimat.
- Raw kefir or yogurt (without sugar and BS).
- Blueberry (or other berries).
- Blend it and freeze it, that’s it! They can enjoy their dessert too.
Note: please do not overfeed your pet and make sure they aren’t allergic to any of the ingredients. You can split appetizers, main course and dessert through the day instead of feeding all at once.