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Pancake Day always falls 47 days before Easter and is the last day of indulgence before the 40 days of Lent.
If you’re thinking of feeding your cat pancakes after turning her meat this year, here are some top tips you should know.
Veterinarian Dr Joanna Woodnutt from Petsure explains what foods dogs can eat on pancake day and what the risks are.
Can my dog eat pancakes?
According to Dr. Woodnutt, “Dogs can have pancakes, but moderation is key.”
The vet added: ‘A small piece of plain pancake without any additives is a safe choice for most dogs.
“Stick to flour, eggs and water and stay away from ingredients like chocolate, sweeteners, syrups and butter as these can be very dangerous for your dog.
“It’s important to consider your dog’s nutritional needs.
“Dogs can often have food sensitivities, and some can be on an exceptional diet or a prescription diet. And making a sudden change in diet can have a bad effect on your dog’s stomach.
“So keep that in mind when giving something new. Stick to small amounts of foods that you know are safe.
“Always think before you feed your dog and check with your vet if you’re not sure it’s safe for them. Especially if your dog has a chronic illness or special diet.”
The vet also shared some top tips for making pancake day as comfortable as possible for your pet.
How to make pancake day safe for your dogs
Make sure yours doesn’t contain xylitol (sometimes called “birch sugar” or E967).
This artificial sweetener is often found in peanut butter, chocolate, and certain types of syrups and is very harmful to dogs.
If ingested, it can cause seizures, liver failure, or even death, so it’s important to be aware of this when feeding your dog on pancake day.
Add healthy toppings
For something a little more fun, you can add dog-friendly fruit toppings like blueberries, bananas, or strawberries.
Stay away from poisonous foods like grapes, raisins and jam which can cause serious health problems.
Moderation is key
Too much of anything can upset your dog’s stomach. Remember this when you celebrate Pancake Day.
Seek expert advice
If you are concerned that your dog has food intolerances, consult your veterinarian.
Pancakes are occasionally safe to give to your dog. But always check if you’re unsure of an ingredient or for advice on your dog’s individual nutritional needs.
How to Make Dog Friendly Pancakes
The kitchen design and retail experts at Magnet have shared a few dog-friendly pancake recipes that your pup will enjoy.
Pancakes with 3 ingredients:
- 50 g plain flour
- 1 egg
- 100 ml of water
Ingredients for Banana Pancakes:
- 1 banana
- 60 g plain flour
- 1 egg
- 60 ml unsweetened oat milk
- Whisk/mash all the ingredients in a bowl (or you can use a blender).
- Heat a frying pan over medium heat.
- Place 4 tablespoons of the smooth mixture in a circle in the center of the baking dish.
- Cook until the batter bubbles (30 seconds to 1 minute per side).
- Flip your dog’s pancake over and cook the other side until it’s done!
Optional: Once cooled, you can add dog-friendly toppings like xylitol-free peanut butter, bananas, or blueberries to the pancakes.