We all know chocolate is a big no for our furry friends and with Easter just around the corner, we thought we’d share just why our favourite treat is poison for our pups. With quick action, chocolate ingestion is rarely fatal, but it can cause significant illness. 

 

The reason chocolate is a no go for dogs is that it contains both the chemical theobromine and caffeine. Both of which dogs can’t metabolize, making them very sensitive to the chemicals’ effects. So, please don’t share any Easter chocolate with your dogs and look out for symptoms like restlessness, vomiting, diarrhoea, trembling, increased urination, increased heart rate, muscle tremors and seizures in case your dog has broken into the Easter stash. 

 

Of course, we’ve also got some Easter egg alternatives for you doggos too, so you aren’t dealing with puppy dog eyes all long weekend!

 

Dog-Friendly Easter Cookies

Recipe courtesy of Tastemade

 

INGREDIENTS 

Cookie Dough:

  • 2/3 cup pumpkin puree 
  • 1/4 cup natural peanut butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour, plus extra for dusting your surface

Icing:

  • Cream cheese
  • Fresh raspberries
  • Fresh blackberries
  • Turmeric powder

 

METHOD

Bake the cookies:

  1. Place the pumpkin puree, peanut butter and eggs in a large bowl and beat with an electric mixture until well combined, about 1-2 minutes. 
  2. Add the flour, beating until just combined. If the mixture is too dry, add up to 1/4 cup of water. 
  3. Transfer the dough to a floured surface and knead a couple of times until it comes together.
  4. Roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thick and cut out with mini easter cookie cutters. 
  5. Place the cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake at 350F for 20-25 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown. 
  6. Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.

Make the icing: 

  1. Melt the cream cheese in the microwave for 5-10 seconds, until it has a yogurt-like consistency. 
  2. To make pink icing, microwave some fresh raspberries until bubbling. Strain to remove any seeds. Add a couple of drops to the cream cheese. 
  3. Use the same technique with the blackberries for purple icing. 
  4. For yellow icing, add a pinch of turmeric powder to the cream cheese. Spread onto the cookies and enjoy!

 

Pawsome Peanut Butter Dog Treats 

Recipe courtesy of Live Laugh Rowe

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup all-natural peanut butter 
  • 1 teaspoon unprocessed coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon 
  • Silicon Easter Bunny or paw print tray

 

METHOD

  1. Be sure the coconut oil is in liquid form. If not, place coconut oil in a small saucepan over medium-low heat and cook until melted.
  2. Add peanut butter and cinnamon. Stir until mixture is completely smooth and thoroughly mixed. The mixture should be thick, but pourable.
  3. Pour mixture into the tray and freeze until set.
  4. Carefully remove from the tray and store in an air-tight container in the freezer (they soften quickly).

 

Please note: Rule of thumb is that you use 1 teaspoon of coconut oil per 4.5kg of your dog’s body weight.