February 14th is a day for roses and chocolate for many people. But not for our pups! Both of those are bad ideas for our four-legged friends and could result in serious consequences! So what can you give your pup on Valentine’s Day this year? Read below for a few canine-friendly ideas that will make tails wag!
Visit a local pet food store
You can browse the aisles of a big box or peruse offerings from an online retailer for treats with a Valentine’s Day flair. Many companies will add some red or white food coloring to their well-known treats to make them a little more festive! Take a look at Milk-Bone.
Check out a local human or dog bakery
These often have Valentine’s Day hearts or festive K9 cookies with holiday messages on the treats. They are created with the proper ingredients for your pets, so don’t be tempted to give them human treats! Click here for a few ideas for Valentine’s Day Pet Treats.
Make homemade treats
What’s even better? Make treats yourself! Not only will it be a bit more affordable, you’ll get to spend time with your dog while making their gift. You can find plenty of recipes by doing a simple Google search of “Valentine’s Day Homemade Dog Treat Recipes.” Or you can use the recipe below to make delicious, pink, gluten free treats from Gone to the Snow Dogs:
- 2 1/2 Cups of Rice Flour
- 1 Egg
- 1 cup cooked beets (or canned beets – not pickled) 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 your 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 the dough into whatever shapes you like.
- 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.
At All Star Grooming, we love to pamper our pups in more than one way. We hope you share the love with your dog this Valentine’s Day with one of these treat options!