St. Patrick’s Day is on March 17th every year. It can be a playful holiday to celebrate with your dog. This charming holiday is full of good luck, shamrocks, and leprechauns. Depending on where you live, there may be St. Patrick’s Day parades or other amusing festivities. Your dog might not be able to participate in those celebrations with you, but there are other ways to include your pup so that they can enjoy St. Patrick’s Day too. You can make your furry friend a St. Patrick’s Day dog treat.
If you are looking for a green dog treat recipe, we’ve got you covered!
St. Patrick’s Day Dog Treat
Prep: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Yield: 27 treats
- 1 cup flour (see note)
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- ½ tablespoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon chlorella powder (optional, see note)
- ½ cup baby peas
- 1 egg
- 10-13 tablespoons water
- Large mixing bowl
- Small bowl
- Fork or whisk
- Silicone spatula
- Measuring cups
- Tablespoons + teaspoons
- Cutting board
- Cookie sheet
- Parchment paper
- Rolling pin
- Cookie cutter
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- Measure ½ cup of baby peas and set them aside.
- Add the flour, oregano, basil, and chlorella powder to a large mixing bowl.
- In a separate smaller bowl, beat the egg with a fork or whisk and then add it to the large mixing bowl.
- Using a spatula, mix the egg and dry ingredients while slowly adding the tablespoons of water. You’ll need 10-13 tablespoons of water. You want the dough to be moist but not too wet.
- Once the dough is mixed well, add the baby peas and gently fold them into the dough with the spatula. Form the dough into a ball with your hands.
- Line a cutting board (or you can use your counter) with parchment paper. Place the ball of dough in the middle of the parchment paper. Place another piece of parchment paper on top.
- Using a rolling pin, roll the dough out to ¼ inch thick.
- Use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes and place them on the cookie sheet.
- Bake for 30 minutes (you can bake for longer if you want a crunchier treat).
- Set aside to cool. Once they are fully cooled, store them in an airtight container.
- Make sure you let your pup taste test once the treats are cool!
- Feed them to your pup within a few days.
- For a grain-free treat, we used cassava flour. You can also use oat flour or wheat flour.
- The chlorella powder is optional but adds a nice green hue to the treats. Chlorella is a natural detoxifier, that freshens breath, boosts the immune system, and is anti-inflammatory.
St. Patrick’s Day dog treat charcuterie board
Another spirited way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day is to make your dog a charcuterie board of green foods. Besides the green dog treat recipe that we provided you above, there are other foods that you can put on the charcuterie board too.
Below we will list out some dog-friendly St. Patrick’s Day snacks. Please remember that grapes are never safe for dogs to eat, so green grapes are not an option.
Green foods that are safe for dogs:
- Green apple
- Spinach and Kale
- Green beans
- Grab a cutting board, tray, or plate to make your dog a St. Patrick’s Day dog-friendly charcuterie board.
- You can use cookie cutters to cut out festive shapes from green apples and cucumbers.
- You can also include small pieces of broccoli, celery, and even a little cheese for a tasty treat.
Another fun idea is to make a St. Patrick’s Day rainbow for the charcuterie board. You can do this by adding some colorful dog-friendly foods.
Blueberries, strawberries, carrots, and yellow bell pepper are safe for dogs. Top the doggy charcuterie board off with some of the St. Patrick’s Day dog treats that you made from our recipe and your pup will be thrilled.
Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with your dog
If you’ve never given your dog any of these foods before then go slow when you are first introducing them. Most raw vegetables are fine to give a dog, but some dogs may digest them better if they are lightly steamed first. Here’s a list of what fruits and veggies dogs can eat.
Cucumber is great to feed your dog raw and it is a low-calorie snack. Cucumber has a high-water content so it’s a hydrating and refreshing snack for your dog. Green beans are very nutritious for your dog.
Feeding your dog green beans gives them a healthy dose of Vitamin C and Magnesium. If you want to feed raw green beans to your pup, cut them into bite-sized pieces. Spinach and kale can be given to your dog raw and in small quantities.
Both spinach and kale contain oxalates, which are naturally occurring compounds but aren’t good to consume in high quantities. If your dog has bladder or kidney issues, avoid spinach and kale.
These leafy greens are very nutrient-dense, providing your dog with Vitamins C, K, and A, potassium, and calcium. You don’t have to avoid green leafy vegetables for otherwise healthy pups; feed them in moderation and check with your vet first before introducing new foods into your dog’s diet.
Besides feeding your pup some festive green foods, you might want to dress in green to avoid being pinched. The idea of pinching those who aren’t wearing green originates from Irish folklore.
Leprechauns, known as mischievous creatures, will pinch you if you aren’t wearing green. If you don’t want to be caught in the middle of leprechaun mischief, be sure to wear green on St. Patrick’s Day.
Your pup can wear something in a festive color too. If your dog doesn’t mind dressing up, you can pick out a green bandana, bow, or sweater for St. Patrick’s Day. A green collar or leash could also work. If your dog is dressing up in a St. Patrick’s Day costume, you could use this opportunity for a fun St. Patrick’s Day doggy photo shoot.
However you choose to celebrate, we hope that you have fun and enjoy the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations with your pup!
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