As Easter approaches the usual do’s and don’ts concerning what your little pup may or may not choose to digest will once again come to the fore. As ever, chocolate is the usual headliner – theobromine being of extreme toxicity to dogs – it continues to cause vomiting, diarrhoea, tremors, fitting and an increase in heart rate and blood pressure. Of course, the annual human choc-fest means greater chances of your pup getting his paws on some – so always do your utmost to keep this poisonous little treat at jumping length from your furry friend.
During this time of year, it’s also important to be aware of other dangers, including:
- Hot Cross Buns – Raisins, currants and sultanas in dried format are extremely toxic
- Spring Bulbs – Keep them out the allotment!
- Daffodils – Poisoning can include vomiting, stomach upset and salivation
- Tulips – The toxins found in this plant cause irritation to the mouth and gastrointestinal tract
- Spring Crocus – These flower in spring and are said to be of low toxicity yet can cause mild stomach ache
So, what can you treat your dog to? Answer, these carrot mini-muffins which I’m sure will go down as a hit with both you and your dog – if you like carrots that is…
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tbsp baking powder
- 1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 cup sugar free apple sauce
- 3 medium carrots, shredded (approximately 1 1/2 cup)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line mini-muffin pans with paper liners.
- In a medium bowl, mix shredded carrots, apple sauce, eggs and milk then set aside.
- In a large bowl, mix whole wheat flour, cinnamon and baking powder.
- Once well combined add the wet carrot mixture to the flour mixture and stir until mixed.
- Spoon cupcake batter into paper liners until 1/2 to 2/3 full.
- Bake for 10 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle come out clean.
- Cool 5 minutes in pans then remove and place on wire racks to cool completely.
- Makes 4 dozen mini-muffins.