- Kelsey Hansen
A Halloween Treat Your Dog Can Actually Eat
1) A fun Halloween mold. This one is from Michael's.
2) Baby food (preferably organic and limited ingredient)
3) Coconut or MCT oil (organic, cold-pressed)
I chose organic baby food for these treats because it’s quick, easy, and they come in small portions. Buying and cooking sweet potatoes, carrots, squash, and other fruit is also an option of course. The easiest way to portion each section without it blending together is to lightly freeze the pureed food and then place it in the mold.
Sweet Potato: Adds fiber to help digestion and a small amount of vitamins and minerals. More information on the nutrients of a sweet potato can be found here.
Carrots: A source of beta-carotene that helps vision and skin.
Banana, mango, and apple: adds potassium and phytonutrients. Phytonutrients are “a substance found in certain plants which is believed to be beneficial to health and help prevent various diseases”.
Coconut or MCT oil: MCT oil is preferred because it can help with brain function and digestive health. Coconut oil contains ~4% MCT’s (medium-chain triglycerides). Organic, cold-pressed coconut oil has antibacterial properties. These two oils can be beneficial for underweight dogs. Do not add if your pet is obese.
Feeding uncooked vegetables or fruit that isn’t blended makes it harder for your dog to digest and nutrients aren’t absorbed as well. So make sure to blend!