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National Breakfast Week Recipes for Pets!

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“We’ve been waiting for this week all year!”

“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!” said someone long, long ago. So does that make National Breakfast Week the most important week of the year? Probably not, but it sure makes it a delicious one – for you, and your pets! Here are some pet-safe recipes for yummy and nutritious breakfasts for you and your favorite furry friend to share:

  1. Spinach and Tomato Scramble – Who doesn’t love a good scramble? Not only are eggs a great source of protein for your pet, but it can be combined with so many different vegetables to add even more nutrients! Just be careful that you don’t add any onions or mushrooms, because those can be toxic to your pet.
    • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
    • 1/4 cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
    • 1/2 tomato, seeded and chopped
    • 1/4 red or green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
    • 1 egg
    • Heat olive oil, and cook ingredients besides egg until they are to your liking – then add egg and scramble together!

      "Why isn't it on a plate? I'm fancier than this."

      “Why isn’t it on a plate? I’m fancier than this.”

  2. Apple n’ Beef Breakfast Hash – Here’s an interesting combination of fruits, meat, and potatoes that is packed with vitamins and flavor! This recipe can be altered, but be sure to avoid harmful and possibly toxic fruits and veggies that could put a damper on your breakfast mood. This recipe includes turmeric as well, which is becoming an increasingly popular homeopathic remedy on the same level as coconut oil!
    • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
    • 1/2 pound ground beef
    • 1 potato, peeled, cooked and coarsely chopped
    • 1 small zucchini, coarsely chopped
    • 1 apple, peeled, cored and coarsely chopped
    • 1 carrot, chopped
    • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
    • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
    • Bring oil to medium heat and cook ground beef thoroughly for about 5 minutes, then stir in other ingredients and continue cooking and stirring everything together until you feel it’s finished.

      I'd eat this, to be honest.

      I’d eat this, to be honest.

  3. Who Said Oatmeal Was Boring?  The great thing about oatmeal is that you can pick and choose your favorite ingredients to spice it up, because let’s be honest – by itself, it is actually kind of boring. It is a great source of fiber for your pet, and adding things like bananas and yogurt is also helpful to their digestive system. You could even get creative with it and add (a small amount of) bacon, eggs, and other breakfast favorites that your dog’s stomach can tolerate.
    • 2 single-serving packets of plain instant oatmeal
    • 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
    • 1/2 banana, chopped
    • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
    • 2 tablespoons honey
    • Cook the oatmeal as per the directions on the box, then stir in the peanut butter, banana slices, and top it off with yogurt and a drizzle of honey.

      "Is that for me?"

      “Is that for me?”

  4. Breakfast Veggies n’ Rice – This is a great and healthy breakfast full of pet-safe veggies that your pet is sure to love. Full of vitamins and fiber, low in fat, and rich in antioxidants – what more could you want? Time to start cookin’!
    • 1 cup brown rice
    • grated carrots (as much as you want)
    • 1 teaspoon parsley
    • 1/2 cup peas
    • 1 yam or sweet potato

      "I could eat this on my own, but I like this..."

      “I could eat this on my own, but I like this…”

  5. Chicken n’ Egg Blend – This is the only meal on this list that may be a little unappealing for humans, but it sounds interesting and fun to make! It’s a great combination of breakfast foods and vegetables all blended with the consistency of canned wet dog food, so this is perfect for dogs with no teeth. Although this meal is packed with protein and vitamins, it should still be supplemented with your pet’s normal food for them to get their full daily nutrition.
    • 3 eggs
    • 1/2 cup skim milk
    • 1 cooked chicken breast (boneless)
    • 1 cup light cream
    • 1 cup uncooked broccoli
    • 1/2 cup uncooked parsley
    • 1 cup uncooked oatmeal
    • Crack eggs (save the shells) into a bowl and mix it with milk until it is frothy, then combine rest of ingredients into blender along with the eggshells and blend until smooth. Put the chicken mixture into the microwave for about 40 seconds, while cooking the egg mixture on the stove. Stir the chicken mixture and microwave for another 30 seconds, and then add on top of egg mixture when finished, garnishing with fresh parsley. You can add a small amount of cheese if you’d like, but not too much!

      "I'm gonna need more of this..."

      “I’m gonna need more of this…”

  6. Pancakes for Pooches – This simple recipe is a piece of cake – get it? Anyway, it takes almost no time at all to cook, and it makes about 15 pancakes for your dog. You can freeze the leftovers for later and you can of course add any other ingredients you’d like, such as blueberries or bananas!
    • 1 cup buckwheat flower
    • 4 tablespoons corn flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1 cup buttermilk
    • 4 tablespoons milk
    • 1 large egg
    • Mix all ingredients in a large bowl, and then pour small amounts at a time to make appropriate sized cupcakes – perhaps in bone shapes!

      "I look so cute you could eat me up, right?"

      “I look so cute you could eat me up, right?”

These are just a few of the many different recipes you could use in order to have a healthy, balanced breakfast that both you and your pup will enjoy! As I said, switch up the ingredients to your liking, but make sure to research or ask your vet which foods are safe and which ones are not. If you notice that your pet is having a strange reaction to your new breakfast concoction, cease feeding it to them. Happy National Breakfast Week!

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{ 2 comments… add one }
  • Chris* February 20, 2016, 8:29 am

    How do you know how much to feed your dog when cooking their food?

    • VetDepot February 24, 2016, 1:57 pm

      Hey Chris, it’s hard for me to advise you on how much to feed your dog. Lol, I’d probably just introduce small amounts of it WITH their kibble or whatever you normally feed them, and then increase it however much you want. I’d be careful about feeding too much at once though, because they might get sick and throw up. Sorry I can’t really be of more help!

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