Santa Paws and All His Tails

The holiday season is here! Family and friends gather to celebrate with decorating, singing, cooking, and who can forget, treats! Although this is a spectacular time of year, we have to be careful when it comes to our pets. A lot of our favorite holiday decorations and treats can be dangerous to our animal friends. Below are some tips to help keep your pets safe during the holidays.

  • Keep human food out of the reach of your pet and ask your guests to do the same. Treats, especially those containing chocolate, Xylitol (a sweetening agent used in many chewing gums and some peanut butters), grapes/raisins, and onions, can be toxic to your pet.
  • Do not to leave your pet alone in the room with candles lit, a decorated tree or potpourri.
  • Secure your Christmas tree to keep it from falling over if your dog bumps it or your cat climbs it. Consider leaving the tinsel off your tree if you have a cat. Hanging lemon-scented car air fresheners in the tree may deter your cat from climbing in it.
  • Keep holiday plants (especially holly, mistletoe and lilies) out of reach of your pets.
  • Provide a safe place for your pet to escape the excitement if your entertaining guests. If your pet is excitable or scared, consider putting your pet in another room with some toys and a comfortable bed.
    Just because our furry friends are not able to partake in human treats doesn’t mean they can’t have treats of their own. Here are some holly jolly recipes you can make just for them!

Cat and Dog Treat Recipes for the Holidays

PB & Ginger Snaps (PB&G)

Ingredients
2 Cups Almond Flour
1/2 Cup Coconut Flour
1/2 – 3/4 Cup Natural Peanut Butter
3 Tablespoons Ground Ginger
1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
1/4 Cup Water

Directions
Preheat oven to 330 degrees F.
1. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl and form a ball with the dough.
2. Roll the dough out until flat and use a cookie cutter to cut out the individual treats. I didn’t have a miniature cookie cutter on hand, so I just used a jar cap as a makeshift cutter. Feel free to get creative!
3. Place your treats onto your baking tray and bake for 25 minutes.
4. Turn oven off after the 25 minutes are done and leave the treats in the oven for 45 more minutes, or until crisp.
Handy Hints
* Makes approximately 20-30 treats (dependent on cookie cutter size).
* Store in your favorite glass jar
* Enjoy!

Peppermint Pup Bites

Ingredients
1 1/4 Cup Rice Flour
2 Eggs
2 Tablespoons Coconut Cooking Oil
1 Tablespoon Honey
1/2 tsp Peppermint Extract
Few drops Food coloring

Directions
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large bowl, mix together eggs, coconut oil, honey, peppermint extract, and your food coloring. Mix together until blended well.
Slowly add in your rice flour. You can start mixing with a spoon, but will eventually want to go to your hands. Form a firm dough, add more water if it’s to dry, and more flour if it’s to wet. Once you have the dough, roll it out on a floured surface to 1/4 inch thick. Cut into your preferred shapes. We use Christmas trees for our shapes!
Place cookies on a baking pan, and bake for 10 – 15 minutes. Then turn you oven off and leave them inside for about an hour to make sure they are nice and crunchy.

Cheesy Cat Cookies

Makes approximately 50 – 55 treats (depending on how big you cut the pieces).

Ingredients
3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup plain yogurt, vanilla yogurt, or sour cream Note: We used vanilla yogurt.
3/4 cup flour Note: We used white whole wheat
1/4 cup cornmeal
1/4 cup water, more or less

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Combine the cheeses and the yogurt (or sour cream), then add the flour and cornmeal.
Add enough water to create workable dough.
Form the dough into a ball, and then roll out to a square or rectangle 1/4 inch thick.
Cut into one inch sized pieces and place on a greased cookie sheet.
Bake approximately 25 minutes.

Kitty Delights

Ingredients:
5oz can of tuna
1/2 cup white cornmeal
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup water

Directions:
Mix all ingredients together until it forms a ball.
Break off tiny pieces and roll into a small bite size ball and place on baking sheet. Flatten ball with finger – just like your making thumbprint cookies. Bake at 350 degrees for 5 minutes. Flip and bake an additional 5 minutes. Let cool and have your kitties enjoy

Yogurt Frosting

Step 1 – Spoon the contents of a 6-ounce container of yogurt into a food processor. You may use plain yogurt or any flavor you like, but keep in mind it is not a good idea to develop a sweet tooth in a dog. For the healthiest frosting, choose organic or natural yogurt that does not contain sugar or artificial sweeteners. You may also use low- or non-fat yogurt.
Step 2 – Add 1 tablespoon of natural peanut butter (be sure it does not contain xylitol) to the food processor. Mix the ingredients until smooth.
Step 3 – Apply the yogurt frosting to homemade dog treats that have been baked and cooled completely. You may brush the frosting over the treats with a pastry brush, use a pastry bag to spread it, or dip the treats in the frosting. This recipe should frost about 30 dog treats.
Step 4 – Store the frosted dog treats in the refrigerator, because the yogurt mixture may not harden completely.

Do you include your pet in your holiday celebrations? Do they get presents? Do they have special outfits or apparel they wear? Let’s hear if our receptionists Pat and Tammy include furry friends in their holidays.

Pat: Yes, I do get my family member’s pets some special holiday treat bags. I make each one for there own pet’s favorites. They do enjoy getting their treat while the rest of us are having our treats. Also helps others from giving them human treats.

Tammy: Yes! I include my dog in our holiday traditions. He gets his own present and has a couple holiday scarves and hats he wears (although they don’t stay on for very long). I have other family members who have dogs and cats that are also included!

We would love to see photos of your pets in their holiday best! Please send them to us at petcare@oakviewvet.net.

written by Pat Eckes and Tammy Novotny

Pat - Oakview Vet Stevens Point Plover WI

Pat grew up near Mosinee, WI on a dairy farm, where her family had cows, chickens, rabbits, cats, dogs, ducks and all the extra wild animals that came around. She joined Oakview in 2009.

Pat and her husband have 2 children and six grandchildren. Pat enjoys cooking and gardening.

Tammy - Oakview Vet Stevens Point Plover WI

Tammy began working with us in April 2017. She was born and raised in Auburndale.

Tammy shares her life with her husband Derek and two children, Kendra and Devin. Her hobbies include volleyball, painting, and photography.

On the 12th Day of Christmas for Pets

On the 12th Day of Christmas my best friend gave to me…

12 stuffed kongs!

11 homemade treats,

10 bristle bones,

9 cat trees,

8 litter boxes and a visit to the indoor cat initiative,

7 treat pouches,

6 pheromone diffusers,

5 hands free leashes,

4 Glow in the dark LED collars,

3 Da Bird Cat Toys,

2 chuck-its

and a puzzle bowl under the tree.

I have discovered through many conversations with pet owners that they are only touching the surface as far as using a Kong. First, there are different chew strengths, so likely one will work for you depending on how aggressively your dog chews. The black ones are the strongest. They even make puppy ones since their baby teeth are more prone to breaking. In addition, there is a premade Kong stuffing, which is fine, but we have more ideas to help stimulate your pet’s mind. Try stuffing it with a canned version of the diet your best friend already eats. Now stuff the kong all the way, don’t just smear a small amount on it. Make it hard for them! Once they develop some tricks for getting all the food out, take it up a notch! Freeze it overnight. This creates an extra challenge and keeps them busy for longer. This is great for family mealtimes when you’d rather your dog is not underfoot.

If you find that stuffing solid is too hard for your pet, start with some kibble inside and let them figure out that rolling it around releases yummy snacks.

We routinely use these in our exam rooms for puppies or even adult dogs. It is a good distraction during exams and vaccines. And we dole them out in Club Vet, our boarding facility, to offer stimulation while their families are away.

THE CONTEST

We are so excited to share with you our 12 days of Christmas Pet Style!! We love our pets and we know that you do to, so we want to share some of our favorite items with you.

In addition we are giving away one of every item that we mentioned in our blog, all you have to do to have a chance to win is:

  1. Send us an email at petcare@oakviewvet.net with your contact information
  2. Follow our blog
  3. Be able to pick up your prize at Oakview Veterinary Medical Center in Plover, WI within 1 week of being notified that you have won
  4. Employees of Oakview cannot enter.

You may be a lucky winner of a special gift for your beloved furry friend. By submitting an entry to our email you are agreeing to let us use your name to announce the winner.

These prizes are not exchangeable for monetary value. There is only one winner per day for a single item and once you win you are not eligible for the remaining days of give aways.

On the 11th day of Christmas for Pets

On the 11th Day of Christmas my human gave to me…

11 homemade treats!

10 bristle bones,

9 cat trees,

8 litter boxes and a visit to the indoor cat initiative,

7 treat pouches,

6 pheromone diffusers,

5 hands free leashes,

4 Glow in the dark LED collars,

3 Da Bird Cat Toys,

2 chuck-its

and a puzzle bowl under the tree.

 

Who doesn’t love a homemade treat? Whether you want to make them yourself or let someone else do the baking for you, we’ve got you covered!

We found a lovely pet chef! You can find her on Etsy. We’ll let her introduce herself!

Hello,

My name is Susan Moerke.

I own Andy’s Treats, sell online gourmet dog and cat treats.

I bake all treats myself in small batches with only healthy, fresh ingredients.

I have always loved animals and wanted to do my part in keeping them healthy, happy for many years.

Making gourmet dog and cat treats is my passion.

The holiday basket has 3 dog treats and 3 cat treats.  All the treats top sellers and all have been lip smacking approved.

Contents of basket: 1 bag each-

Cat-Catnip treats

Cat-Kitty Cheddar treats

Cat-Chicken Crackers

Dog-Peanut Butter Molasses 

Dog-Cinnamon Paws

Dog-Peanut Butter Training treats

 

Homemade Treats

You can make your own, too. The trick is, you will want to follow our blog! Our receptionists Pat and Tammy will share a collection of homemade treat recipes in just a week or so!

THE CONTEST

We are so excited to share with you our 12 days of Christmas Pet Style!! We love our pets and we know that you do to, so we want to share some of our favorite items with you.

In addition we are giving away one of every item that we mentioned in our blog, all you have to do to have a chance to win is:

  1. Send us an email at petcare@oakviewvet.net with your contact information
  2. Follow our blog
  3. Be able to pick up your prize at Oakview Veterinary Medical Center in Plover, WI within 1 week of being notified that you have won
  4. Employees of Oakview cannot enter.

You may be a lucky winner of a special gift for your beloved furry friend. By submitting an entry to our email you are agreeing to let us use your name to announce the winner.

These prizes are not exchangeable for monetary value. There is only one winner per day for a single item and once you win you are not eligible for the remaining days of give aways.

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