How to make dog-friendly pancakes this Pancake Day
If you want to include your furry friend in some baking this Pancake Day, the experts at PDSA have shared an easy-to-follow, dog-friendly recipe so your pooches don’t have to miss out on all the fun.
What you need:
- 50g plain flour
- 1 egg
- 100 ml water
- Choice of toppings: lightly spread xylitol-free peanut butter, grated carrot, sprinkling of cooked white fish flakes or steamed, lean chicken pieces
- A frying pan
- Egg rings
- Add all the pancake mix ingredients into a bowl and combine until smooth
- Heat a non-stick frying pan to a medium temperature
- Pour the mixture into the pan or into egg rings
- Cook until golden brown each side
- Add a small amount of dog friendly toppings and serve.
PDSA Vet Nurse Nina Downing added: “While our dogs are sure to enjoy the invitation to participate in Pancake Day, there are a few things to remember before you get your apron on and start baking.
“Firstly, you must be careful about the ingredients you use, as some foods that we eat can be too high in fat or even toxic for our pets. Many dogs will appreciate peanut butter as a lovely topping, but some types contain a sugar substitute called xylitol (also known as birch sugar), which is extremely toxic to dogs."
"Always check the ingredients list carefully if you’re buying peanut butter for your pet from the supermarket – if possible, look for peanut butter made specifically for dogs which should only contain pet-safe ingredients. While it may be a popular topping for us, chocolate is also toxic to dogs and should not be offered.
“You also need to think about how much you’re feeding your dog. Remember, doggy portions should be much smaller than the ones we might be used to as humans. Although it may be tempting to give them a few extra pancakes when you see how much they’re enjoying their new treat, remember to keep things in moderation to help your pup stay a healthy weight."
"Treats should make up no more than 10% of your dog’s daily food intake - and don’t forget to reduce your pets’ food to account for the treats you feed them.
“This recipe will make approx. eight pancakes with 8cm egg rings or one large one that can be cut up into eight portions if you don’t have egg rings. Dogs under 15kg can have one 8cm pancake and dogs over 15kg can have two 8cm pancake.”