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We all love treats, but many pet owners are overdoing things when it comes to treats for their dogs and cats. Treats are meant to be something special, not a replacement for dinner! They are often high in fat and sugar, with little nutritional value.  But, there are a few healthier options you can cook right in your own kitchen!  Dr. Karen Halligan for offers a few tasty recipes to tempt your pet’s palette:

Dog treats

Cat treats

Salmon DelightsDr. Karen Halligan

1. Preheat oven to 350° F

2. Combine and mix all ingredients in a bowl

3. Form the dough into marble sized balls

4. Drop balls on well greased cookie sheet about one inch apart

5. Bake for 8 minutes or until brown

6. Cool before serving

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Catnip Cookies

Dr. Karen Halligan

Veterinarian Karen Halligan is the author of “Doc Halligan’s What Every Pet Owner Should Know." (Collins, 2007). For more pet food recipes, a pet photo gallery, quizzes and stories about pets, visit