Celebrating Hanukkah With Your Pet



Hanukkah is a special time for family, and your pet is an important part of the family, so why not include him/her in the celebrations? We have some simple and fun ways you can include your fur baby in the Hanukkah festivities.

Here’s what you can do:

Dress your pet for the occasion

A cosy Hanukkah sweater will keep your pet warm while also including him/her in the holiday. Look for something that is not too tight around the neck and legs and has plenty of stretch, allowing your pet to move freely.

Give your pet a present every day for the 8 days of Hanukkah

Show your pet how much you care with gifts every day of the celebrations. Some ideas include:

  1. Plush toy/stuffie
  2. Squeak toy
  3. Ball
  4. Pet treats
  5. Pet collar and/or leash for a dog; scratch post for a cat
  6. Blanket and/or pillow
  7. Pet bed
  8. Cosy winter coat

Spend quality time with your pet

Read a Hanukkah story to your pet every night for the eight nights. Your pet will enjoy this special time together. Start a new Hanukkah tradition with your pet, such as a walk to a certain park or watching a favourite movie cuddled up together.

Play with a plush dreidel together. Avoid traditional dreidels, which pose a serious choking hazard and may cause an obstruction in the digestive tract or possibly puncture an organ if accidentally swallowed.

Bake some homemade pet treats

For the special occasion, surprise your pet with homemade pet treats. Try making our recipe for Homemade Tuna and Egg Cat Treats or Homemade Blueberry Dog Treats. Note: It is always advisable to consult your veterinarian before making any changes to your pet’s diet, especially if he/she has allergies and/or a medical condition.

Make homemade applesauce

Applesauce, traditionally served with Hanukkah latkes, is made with lots of sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg—all of which must be avoided for pets. Make a pet-friendly batch without the toxic ingredients.

Pet-friendly applesauce recipe


7 apples—McIntosh or Fuji varieties work well

1 cup filtered water


Peel, core, and slice apples.

Add apple slices to a pot with water.

Cook over stovetop on medium until soft, about 10 – 15 minutes.

Purée with an immersion blender for a smooth texture.

Store in clean, sterilized jar with a sealed lid.

Serving Suggestions

Add a tablespoon of homemade applesauce to your pet’s wet food for added fibre in his/her diet.

Freeze a small spoonful of applesauce into each compartment of an ice-cube tray. Remove a portion from the freezer, as needed, to defrost and serve to your pet.

NOTE: NEVER add lemon juice or lemon rind to the apples when preparing applesauce for your pet. All forms of citrus are especially toxic to cats.

Including your pet in your holiday traditions and celebrations will not only make the festivities more memorable, it will strengthen bonds between you and your pet.


Wishing You a Happy Hanukkah,

from everyone at Vets Toronto



We recommend you also read:

How to Keep Pets Safe During Hanukkah



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