Spoiled Pup Alert – DIY Dog Easter Baskets
Celebrate Easter Sunday with all members of your family, two- and four-legged! Don’t leave dogs out of the festivities, eagerly eyeing kids’ forbidden candy. Give your pet his or her own Easter basket, ensuring canines stay occupied during dinner. Stock your dog’s stash with homemade treats and a new toy or two, along with any special surprises custom just for your pup.
Avoid any products containing raisins, alcohol and chocolate – all are deadly for dogs. Xylitol is another ingredient toxic to pets, found in sugar-free and low-calorie products such as gum, candy and even peanut butter. Stick to all-natural fruits, veggies and meats in your homemade dog treat recipes; same goes for DIY dog toys, which should have no choking hazards or potentially harmful parts.
Homemade Dog Treats for Easter
Get into the Easter spirit by making your pup’s treats match the humans’ dinner! Whether you’re having ham, crepes or your own family’s traditional feast, it’s always fun to have pets participate. Don’t forget dessert – while dogs can’t partake of humans’ sweets, it’s easy to whip up a batch of cookies for dogs. Use Easter-themed cookie cutters to make homemade dog treats photo-ready, although don’t expect pups to notice the extra effort…
Dogs with food allergies to gluten or dairy can substitute ingredients in any treat recipe to meet their dietary restrictions. Rice or almond flour will replace wheat, while applesauce or coconut oil may work instead of dairy. There are plenty of gluten-free and vegan dog treat recipes already out there though, so try searching cookbooks and sites like Pinterest.
Fresh, Dog-Friendly Vegetables
Keep your dog’s Easter basket healthy by tossing in some seasonal produce. Dog-friendly fruits and vegetables include carrots, strawberries, bananas and apples. All can be eaten raw by pets or mixed into homemade dog food and pupsicles!
Some veggies, like carrots and celery, can also double as natural toothbrushes. As pets chew, some tartar is removed from the surface of teeth, making vegetables the ultimate snack. Obese dogs especially may find these non-traditional treats filling, useful when food portions must be cut back.
Easter “Eggs” for Dogs
Although eggs are theoretically safe to give to pets, the AVMA does not recommend feeding pets raw or undercooked animal protein. One or two boiled eggs is fine as a special treat for your pup, but too much of a good thing can lead to indigestion and even pancreatitis over time.
As we mentioned before, bananas are one of dogs’ favorite fruits! Make this dog-friendly Easter egg recipe from pet blogger Golden Woofs and avoid puppy eyes when you’re chowing down. It’s a good idea to brush your dog’s teeth afterwards, as sticky sweets can attract plaque and tartar, leading to periodontal disease.
Canine Easter Egg Hunt
A combination of hide-and-seek and fetch, an Easter egg hunt is a dog’s dream come true! You can use plastic eggs, as long as you keep an eye on your pup and don’t have a destructive chewer on your hands. Poke a hole in each egg and fill with your dog’s favorite treats; you can also hide tidbits under small flowerpots or other holey containers, a chew-proof solution. It’s best to select strong-smelling dog treats in order to help your pet find them faster.
No Easter family photo is complete without at least one pair of bunny ears, and who better to wear them than the furriest family member. DIY your own out of pipe cleaners or invest in a sturdier pair from your local party store. If your pup shows anxiety or discomfort at wearing headgear, keep the photoshoot short or consider using other props like stuffed animals, dog-friendly flowers, or Easter eggs.
(Featured image via Reddit.com/greaseballheaven)