Pet Expert Shares Tuna Casserole Recipe



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Warren Eckstein

Warren Eckstein

When it comes to pets, Warren Eckstein loves yours as much as you do! He hosts a long-running nationally syndicated radio show, “The Pet Show With Warren Eckstein,” heard in more than 100 cities.

His “hugs and kisses” approach to giving solid advice to pet owners is informative, entertaining and filled with compassion. He is the contributing pet and animal editor for NBC’s “Today” show, and is the author of 11 popular books, including “How to Get Your Cat to Do What You Want” and “How to Get Your Dog to Do What You Want.” He is a contributing expert to the book “The Experts Guide to 100 Things Everyone Should Know How to Do.” Look for him on TV shows and at personal appearances.

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Name a few human food items that should never be fed to a pet under any circumstances.

“Some of the more common food items to avoid giving pets are chocolate, onions, raisins, garlic, macadamia nuts, alcohol and coffee.”

What’s the craziest food-related tale you ever heard from a listener or client?

“It involved a very wealthy client who had two St. Bernards that would eat food only if it was served off a spoon! She hired a feeder.”

What snacks do you enjoy on a long plane flight? And should pets that travel on planes in cages be given snacks?

“I like strawberry licorice and trail mix. Pets should be given very light snacks depending on flight time.”

What do you think of those “pet restaurants,” where pet owners bring pets to dine on menu items?

“Great idea! Pets are never shouting on cell phones, and I hear they tip well.”

A treat that’s fine for most pets that people also enjoy:

“My dogs love watermelon. Of course, I take out the seeds. I’m working on teaching them to spit out the seeds, but it takes time.”

Many folks prefer bottled water to tap water. What about pets?

“I use filtered water, and also give it to my pets because they deserve the safety as well as I do.”


This dish is perfect for both humans and pets.

1 (7-ounce) can tuna in water, reserving 1/4 tuna water

2 slices low-fat or non-fat American cheese

2 tablespoons diet margarine

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/2 cup skim or non-fat milk

1/4 cup water

1 level tablespoon breadcrumbs

Preheat oven to 350 F. Spread tuna in small nonstick casserole dish and add half the cheese. In saucepan, melt diet margarine, add flour and tuna juice, and stir until smooth and thick. Slowly blend in milk and water.

Cook over medium heat until thickened. Add to casserole. Top with crumbs mixed with melted margarine. Add remaining cheese. Bake until casserole is bubbly and cheese is lightly browned. Cool and serve at room temperature. Serves 2 to 4, depending on size of pets.

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