Elise Wong Huey Wen
Dog-Friendly Recipe: Taking Your Dog’s Birthday to the Next Level!
Updated: Mar 8
A pawrent always wants to be involved in their doggo’s life as much as possible, that is why a birthday pawty is definitely a must! But most human foods are extremely dangerous for dogs as humans and dogs metabolise foods differently. While the majority of the human race sees onion and garlic as basic ingredients in most of our cooking, they can be rather toxic and potentially deadly for dogs.
So, how exactly can dog owners woof up their best friend’s birthday?
(Image via Seventyfour)
Baking a birthday pupcake, of course! There are two parts to this well-loved simple recipe by YouTuber Paola Santana — a dog-friendly banana cake and whipping cream that is entirely made up of peanut butter, which is definitely a favourite within the canine community!
Below are the six ingredients needed to bake your best friend the perfect pupcake:
2 ripe bananas
2 teaspoons of natural peanut butter
1 teaspoon of baking powder
3 cups of oats
2 cups of water
And a little bit of your heart and soul!
*Peanut butter is not recommended for dogs prone to kidney stones due to oxalate content. You can always replace peanut butter with pumpkin puree but remember to thicken it up first with heat!
Here are the ten easy steps to making a birthday pupcake from scratch:
Start off by preheating your oven to 350°F.
Give the bananas an ultimate mash.
Add an egg to the mashed bananas.
Add two tablespoons of peanut butter and stir well.
Add two cups of water to the mixture.
Finally, add the dry ingredients (baking powder and oats) to the banana mixture.
Mix. Mix. Mix (with love).
Bake for 20 minutes.
Decorate the edges of the pupcake with peanut butter spread.
Voilà! You just make every pupper’s dream cake!
(Image via Paola Santana on YouTube)
Another awesome ingredient that you can always add into your pupcake is pumpkin as dogs naturally love them! In fact, it is a superfood for dogs because it contains the micronutrients and fibre that a pupper needs. As a natural source of fibre, pumpkin can help with an upset stomach by improving digestion and reducing instances of diarrhoea. Well, it means no more loose, watery poop! (*However, if your furkid experiences consistent watery poop, please see a vet immediately!)
Common ingredients used in baking human cakes such as chocolate, milk (dairy products), macadamia nuts and almonds are an absolute “NO” because they can cause your dog some serious problems. For instance, chocolate is poisonous to dogs because they cannot metabolise caffeine, meanwhile, dairy products and nuts are high in fats which can lead to obesity.
Not to mention since most doggos are lactose intolerant, they will get an upset stomach if they consume dairy products. Interestingly, dogs are not lactose intolerant when they are puppies, that is actually before their small bodies start to produce lactase. However, that does not mean you can feed your puppers your milk from the fridge (cow’s milk), they still grow best with their mama’s milk or special puppy milk formula!
At the end of the day, we all know that dog owners tend to be very kind individuals, that is why they want their canine pals to taste the goodness of the food that they are eating. Even though there is nothing wrong with sharing, pawrents still have to read and learn about the foods that can be served to their furry friends before feeding them.
This story is checked by Cert CN/FN (@shortnswitch).
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