7 Homemade Dog Food & Treat Recipes For The Holidays [VIDEOS]

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The holidays are all about sharing food with family, but who says you can’t cook for your dog? They’re your family, too, after all!

Whether it’s Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year’s, or any of the other big fall and winter holidays, your pup deserves a special treat!

Of course, you must always ask your veterinarian before sharing new foods with your dog!

In honor of the holiday season, here are seven homemade dog food and treat recipes that you can make for your pups.

1. Homemade Dog Food

While there are many different dog foods on the market, this is an alternative way to feed your dog. By preparing homemade food, you’ll have total control over your dog’s diet and know exactly what ingredients are going into it.

Sometimes dog food recalls or artificial ingredients in brand name dog foods can make people wary, but preparing it yourself from scratch will let you know that your dog is eating something completely safe.

2. Sardine Dog Treats

If you love baking treats for yourself, now you can bake safe treats for your dogs, too. This recipe calls for sardines, so if you prepare this treat, your dogs will know you love them by the delicious smell!

By following the video tutorial, you can see how to make sardine bites that your dogs will definitely appreciate. They also make perfect gifts and stocking stuffers for your friends’ dogs over the holidays.

3. Homemade Pill Pockets

For anyone who has struggled to give their dog medicine, which is basically everyone, this technique is perfect. The recipe is a homemade way of tricking your dog into taking their medicine so they don’t spit it out.

You’ll need two ingredients for this recipe: chicken hearts and water.

In comparison to commercial brands which usually sell 30 pill pockets for about $9, the homemade way gets you 60 pill pockets for about $2. Plus, there are no extra unnecessary ingredients the homemade way.

4. Pumpkin Dog Treats

Fall isn’t just the perfect season for pumpkin flavors for humans, but it can also be for dogs! Let your dog share in the autumnal experience with this safe pumpkin dog treat recipe.

Not only is it a great flavor for the season, but pumpkin is a helpful supplement to help dogs with diarrhea and digestion problems.

5. Homemade Dental Chews

Almost every dog parent knows that doggy breath is virtually inescapable. While these homemade mint dog treats are a great snack for your dog, at the same time, they will give you some relief from dog breath.

With these treats, you’ll finally be able to let your dog give you kisses without worrying about their doggy breath. These are a must for every dog lover.

6. Birthday Cake

It’s not just humans who get to enjoy cake on their birthdays. If you want to bake your dog a special surprise for their fall or winter birthday, this is the ideal recipe.

This video tutorial shows you an easy way to prepare a doggy birthday cake, which includes eggs, honey, carrots, and peanut butter. If you make this cake for your dog, they are sure to love it.

All birthdays should be special, even your dog’s!

7. Homemade Vegan Dog Food

This vegan homemade recipe is a healthy alternative you can treat your dog to from time to time. Even if you, yourself, are not vegan, this is a great way to make sure your pup incorporates some variety into their diet.

The recipe calls for ingredients such as barley, carrots, sweet potato, ground up sunflower seeds, and peas. It’s a great recipe for health lovers who already have these ingredients around the house.

Do you have any homemade dog food recipes? Are you making something special for your dog this holiday season? Let us know in the comments below!