Make your pooch a happy and healthy dog with these easy to make homemade dog treat recipes.
These homemade dog treat recipes are a healthy way to treat our puppies. Our dogs deserve healthy snacks just like we do. Below you will find some yummy dog treat ideas that could literally be eaten by you! Please remember there are some foods your dog should NEVER eat and definitely not use in homemade dog treat recipes.
DOGS SHOULD NEVER EAT:
Grapes and Raisins: Grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure in dogs. As little as a single serving of raisins can kill a dog.
Onions: Onions destroy red blood cells and can cause anemia.
Chocolate: Chocolate can cause seizures, coma and death. Baker’s chocolate is the most dangerous. A dog can consume milk chocolate and appear to be fine because it is not as concentrated, but it is still dangerous.
Coffee, Coffee grounds, tea and tea bags: Drinks/foods containing caffeine cause many of the same symptoms chocolate causes.
Animal fat and fried foods: Excessive fat can cause pancreatitis.
Bones: Cooked bones can splinter and damage a dog’s internal organs.
Tomatoes: Tomatoes can cause tremors and heart arrhythmia.Tomato plants and the most toxic, but tomatoes themselves are also unsafe.
Avocados: The fruit, pit and plant are all toxic. They can cause difficulty breathing and fluid accumulation in the chest, abdomen and heart.
Remember, if you are ever unsure about feeding a certain "people food" to your dog call your veterinarian first to make sure it is safe.
So what foods are OK for me to use in dog treat recipes?
Vegetables most are GREAT for your dog and they should have them! Dogs have shorter digestive tracts than humans and cannot digest most vegetables whole or in large chunks. It’s best to put them through a food processor before using them in any dog treat recipes.
Veggies for your dog are:
Carrots (for healthy dogs)
Grains:Grains should not be given in large amounts or make up a large part of a dog’s diet, but these foods are generally safe in small amounts
Bread: (not white breads or anything sugar or that converts to sugar) remember the simple rule feed no WHITE colored foods!
Dairy products: Use caution with dairy products as they are high in fat and can cause pancreatitis, gas and diarrhea. Usually, nonfat plain yogurt is safe in small amounts as is cottage cheese in small amounts.
Healthy homemade dog treat recipes.
Peanut Butter Bites
1 1/2 cups rice flour (easy for dogs with sensitive stomachs to digest)
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (all-natural or organic)
1 cup water
2 tbsp canola or peanut oil
Peanut Butter Bites Directions:
1)Preheat the oven to 350 F.
2)Combine oil, peanut butter, and water.
3)Add flour, one cup at a time, forming dough. Knead dough into firm ball. If dough is sticky simply add more wheat flour until it is the consistancy you can work with.
4)Roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut with a cookie cutter or cut into rectangles. Smaller rectangles for smaller dogs, bigger rectangles for larger dogs. You get the idea:0)
5)Place on an ungreased cookie sheet.
6)Bake for 20-25 minutes. Cool and store in airtight container in refrigerator.
Puppy treats can also be frozen for later enjoyment.
1 large Macintosh apple
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup of water
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup oatmeal
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/8 cup whole wheat flour
Apple Blossom Directions:
1)Preheat oven to 350 ° F (180 ° C).
2)Core, slice and mince the Macintosh apple (use a food processor if you have one).
3)In a large bowl, combine the minced apple bits, honey, water, cinnamon, and oatmeal.
4)Gradually blend in the 1 1/2 cups of wheat flour, adding enough to form a stiff dough.
5)In a small bowl, put the 1/8 cup wheat flour. Spoon the dough by rounded teaspoon onto ungreased baking sheets, spacing about 2 inches (5cm) apart. Using the bottom of a glass dipped in the wheat flour (to prevent sticking), flatten each spoonful of dough into a circle.
Adjust the size of the drops based on how big a treat you like. Big blossoms for big dogs, small blossoms for smaller dogs.
6)Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and flip each cookie to brown evenly on both sides. Reduce oven temperature to 325 ° F (180 °C). Return to oven and bake for an additional 30 minutes.
Let cool overnight.
Keep apple blossom treats in an air tight container. The treats may also be frozen for future snacking.
Liver Smacks Ingredients:
2 cups Whole wheat flour
1/3 cup Butter -- melted
1 Egg -- beaten
6 tablespoons Water
1/4 cup liver -- dried or jerky-style treats -- chopped
Liver Smack Directions:
1)Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2)Combine flour, butter, egg, and water. Mix well.
3)Blend in liver bits.
4)Press dough onto a greased baking pan.
5)Bake 20 to 25 minutes. Let Cool
6)Cut into strips.
7)Keep treats in an air tight container. Treats may also be frozen for future enjoyment.