A Treat (That’s not Candy) for Your Dog

no bake dog treats

Halloween was AMAZING! …even if it was a bit cold this year. Now you have all this left over candy but no matter how much your dog begs you cannot share it with him. Instead of being tempted to share your candy, why don’t you make some special treats to give hime so you and your dog can have treats.

no bake dog treatsHere is a great recipe that doesn’t require any baking and your pup will LOVE it!

We got the recipe from the blog, Pretty Fluffy, which has a lot of great recipes for your pups.

This recipe for peanut butter balls has only 3 ingredients and takes less than 15 minutes to make.

Ingredients

1/2 Cup Plain Organic Yogurt
1 Cup Natural Peanut Butter
3 Cups Rolled Oats

Directions:

1. Mix the yogurt and peanut butter together in a bowl with a wooden spoon, until it forms a paste. You can also use a mixer on medium to low speed.. If you got natural peanut butter, remember to mix it up before adding it to the yogurt. You want to make sure all the oils are mixed in.

2. Mix in the oats 1/2 cup at a time and make sure they are fully mixed in.

3. Use a spoon to scoop out 1-2 tablespoon size pieces and roll them into balls about 1 inch in diameter. Pro tip: Smaller balls are better as treats.

4. Line a tray with parchment paper

5. Place the balls on the lined tray

6. Chill for an hour before serving.

This recipe should make 25-30 treats and can last up to 10 days in the fridge. We don’t recommend freezing them as peanut butter does not freeze will and they will likely get dry and crumbly. By the way, you can eat these too! If your hands get too sticky when rolling the balls you can add a tiny bit of flower to your hand to help keep it dry. We also recommend washing your hands when they get too much peanut butter build up on your palm. Frequent washing will make rolling the balls easier. If they balls are too mushy and not rolling well, put them back in the fridge to chill. The firmer the dough, the easier it is to roll the balls. If the balls are too cold to roll, let the dough sit and warm up, or warm up the ball in your hand before rolling it. Your body heat will often heat it up enough to roll.

This is a great treat to share with your dog. Not only does it taste good, but is good for them too. Always speak with your Albuquerque vet about any dietary changes. If you have never given your dog peanut butter before, check with your vet first to make sure it is ok. Some dogs have dietary restrictions due to health issues. If your dog is on a diet, speak to your vet about substitutes for peanut butter that you could use.

 

Save the Black Cat!

albuquerque cat
albuquerque catThe black cat has been a symbol of superstition for ages. Iconic Halloween images with trees bare of leaves dark in the their silhouette, blowing in the wind, with jack-o-lanterns at the base of their trunk, and the black cat sitting near by. Or how about, the witch flying on her broom with her infamous black cat “familiar” sitting on the broom stick. There is a fairly common belief that a black cat crossing your path is bad luck. In some cultures, the black cat was considered good luck, but in the US they may not be bad luck but they are at least a symbol of the scary Halloween.
For those that are not afraid of the spooky black cat, you may find that these beautiful sleek cats make amazing pets. In fact, there is a huge fan following of the black cat. Many people believing that they are sweeter than the average house cat.
During the Halloween season, violence against black cats goes up. Some animal shelters won’t allow black kittens to be adopted because of fear that people may do something bad.It is not just violence that the black cat is being threatened with. Shelters often get concerned that black cats will be adopted to be used as Halloween props, and then abandoned after the holiday. Though there are reports that also say, violence towards black cats is not as high as some people expect, there are definitely people out there that believe black cats are bad luck. In our clinic, we typically hear of a few cases every year where a black cat has been injured during Halloween.
Let’s save the black cat! If you have a black cat, please keep them inside on Halloween. If your cat is safe inside, they will be at less risk of getting hurt by pranksters. Make sure your cat has its microchip in case it does go missing, that way it can be more easily returned home to you. You can easily get your cat microchipped by bringing them into our daily walk-in shot clinic.
We love all the beautiful black cats. If you see one on Halloween, maybe try to give it some love in case anyone else is being less than loving.