Dog-friendly cake? PDSA has you covered as Great British Bake Off returns!
Vet charity PDSA guide to making a doggy-friendly cake
Lots of us love to treat our dogs and with the Great British Bake Off returning to our screens this week (22 September), we might be thinking of making our dogs some sweet treats too. However, making cake for your dog may not be as simple as it sounds - some of the common ingredients we use are potentially dangerous or toxic for our pooches and it’s important to consider the high amount of calories in cake that could contribute towards pet obesity.
PDSA Vet Anna Ewers Clark said: “A calorific treat for us will have an even greater impact on your dog’s waistline. Our latest PAW report showed that UK vets estimated that 46% of dogs seen in practice are overweight or obese and 15% of owners said they fed scraps as one of their dog’s main type of food - so obesity is a major concern for our pets.
“Although many of us like to give our pets treats, if your dog is on a complete dog food this will give them all the calories and nutrients they need so extras like cake will likely lead to them piling on the pounds. Having said that, lots of owners like to give their dog something special as an occasional treat so we’ve put together a delicious doggy-safe (and human safe!) cake that can be frozen for your pooch to enjoy as healthy sized portions over several months.”
PDSA’s doggy safe honey and banana cakes
· 50g margarine or coconut oil
· 20g honey
· 1-2 bananas- peeled and mashed
· 1 egg
· 75g plain flour
· ½ tsp cinnamon (optional)
Makes 30 cakes for a dog less that 10kg, or 15 cakes for a dog more than 10kg.
Takes 25 minutes to prepare and 20 minutes to cook.
· Preheat oven to 180oC.
· Separate eggs into whites and yolks.
· Whisk egg whites with half of the honey until in stiff peaks.
· In a separate bowl combine honey and margarine or coconut oil, combine until smooth then add mashed bananas, egg yolks and sieve in the flour.
· Gently combine egg white mix with honey mix.
· Divide into cake cases and bake for 15-20 minutes until the cakes are golden brown.
· Cakes can be kept for 2-3 days in an airtight container or frozen for 2-3 months.
Anna adds: “When you’re giving your dog snacks or treats, always reduce the amount of food they get that day in their meals to account for the extra calories, in the same way that we might have a smaller breakfast if we know we’re having a big meal at lunchtime.
“Don’t let your dog eat the whole cake or batch in one go, as much as they might want to! Why not make smaller cupcakes that you can freeze in portion sizes and spread them out over a couple of months as a special treat!
“It’s important to remember to keep monitoring your dog’s weight so you know they’re eating the right amount of calories to keep them at the perfect, healthy weight.”
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