Valentine’s Day is all about the love we have for one another — including our four-legged sweetie! So, why wouldn’t we want them to join in the festivities? Let’s share the love with treats that are safe for our furry Valentine’s to enjoy!
Options for dogs and cats include:
Apple (without the seeds)
Boneless, skinless chicken (boiled or canned in water) — no seasoning
Canned tuna in water (no seasoning added)
Treats that will break their hearts:
Any type of chocolate
Any type of coffee
Raisins or grapes
Products sweetened with xylitol
If you want your pet’s Valentine’s Day to be extra sweet, here are two recipes for some pet approved cookies!
Peanut Butter Oatmeal Dog Cookies
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup old fashioned oats
1 cup peanut butter
1 1/2 cup hot water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees, raise oven rack slightly above the middle of the oven.
Mix all ingredients together. Batter will be thick and sticky. (I use my stand mixer)
Grease 2 or 3 cookie sheets, and put a half cup of wheat flour into a small bowl to use in next steps.
Using flour on your hands if necessary, roll batter into 1″ balls. Place 2″ apart on cookie sheets.
Dip a fork into flour and push down on each ball twice to make an “x” and flatten each ball to 1.5″ or 2″ across.
Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Cookies will be hard.
Cool completely on wire rack and store in airtight container for up to two weeks.
You may wish to crush the cookies and make “sprinkles” out of them using a zipper storage bag and the flat side of a meat mallet; keep these in the fridge in a covered container for up to two weeks.
Batch yields 6 dozen cookies.
Pink Valentines Cookies
– 2 1/2 Cups of Rice Flour
– 1 Egg
– 1 cup cooked beets (or canned beats) Pureed
– 1/2 cup sweet potato (or canned) Pureed
– 1/2 Cup water
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix all ingredients together to form a dough. If you dough is sticky, add more flour, if it’s wet, add a bit more water. Once the dough no longer sticks to your hands, it’s about right! Lightly flour your surface, and roll out the dough to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut dough into whatever shapes you like. We used hearts for Valentine’s Day! Place on a cookie sheet and bake for 40 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack. Cookies should have a bit of a crunch to them when they are cooled.