Treats for Doggie Trick-or-Treaters

Howl’oween is the biggest event on the doggie calendar! And what is an event of this kind without treats?

Of course it’s a great occasion for kids, too, and usually there is competition between children to see who can collect the most candy. It’s important to ensure the candy loot is kept under lock and key if there are pets in the household because dogs won’t think twice about helping themselves!

Apart from the sugar content being very unhealthy, it’s important to remember that chocolate is highly toxic for both dogs and cats. It’s particularly important to keep candy away from pets if they are diabetic.

Fortunately, pet stores and, in particular, canine bakeries, cater for the occasion by bringing out bags of special treats packaged with Howl’oween flair or individual cookies in appropriate shapes such as pumpkins, bats, cats and witches.

It’s also a great idea to bake your own. This is something kids will enjoy doing especially when it comes to decorating them.

To make it easy — pet stores sell special pet-centric cookie cutters, molds and cake pans. They also stock ready-made cookie and cake mixes. You can also shop for such purchases online.

If you want to bake “ from scratch,” here is a fun recipe for “Bacon Bats” using two favorite doggie ingredients (namely bacon and peanut butter.) You will need:

  • A bat-shaped cookie cutter (of course any other shape such as a witch’s hat or a pumpkin will do!)
  • 1 cup of oat flour
  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup crunchy unsalted peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon honey (you can use sugar-free honey if your dog is diabetic)
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup water
  • 2-3 pieces cooked bacon (both pork or turkey bacon work)

Preheat oven to 350°. Combine all wet ingredients and slowly add the two flours to make dough. Roll it out on a floured work surface until it’s about ¼ inch thick. Get to work with your cookie cutter. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes. There is no need to ice them. But that is the fun part!

To make a yogurt peanut butter frosting:

  • Pour 6 oz of plain yogurt in a large mixing bowl
  • Add 2-4 oz of smooth peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons of honey

Whisk the ingredients together and spread on the treats and store in an airtight container. It’s that easy!

No time to bake? Sergeant’s has plenty of treats for your favorite canine companion. While they don’t come in shapes like bats or pumpkins, they do come in delicious flavors, like peanut butter, bacon, and even chicken and sweet potato that your dog will love!

Happy Howl’oween!

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