The Benefits of Homemade Dog Treats

Casanova relaxing in the back yard

Why make homemade all natural dog treats?

I have been baking as long as I could remember. I would help my parents bake traditional Italian cookies for every holiday. I began creating dog treats when my puppy Kooper became very ill from store bought dog products. The Vet put Kooper on a prescription dog food diet that did not included treats.

Being a new dog owner, I wanted to spoil my fur baby rotten. I searched pet stores and an endless amount of recipes for dog treats. Most of the recipes were high in salt and sugar; many today are still very unhealthy. I decided to make my own treats for Kooper and I continue to bake for my dogs today. (Casanova, Lola, and Nova)

Benefits

I loved the idea of knowing exactly what Kooper was eating. I did a lot of research and quickly realized that the ingredients used in pet food was very poor quality. Without going into too much detail, the main ingredients normally consist of ingredients not fit for human consumption. Ingredients such as road kill diseased, dieing and decaying animals/animal parts and moldy grain.

Today there have been a lot of pet food/treats recalled. As I wrote in my book "Danger, what's in your dog's food", products coming from China have been a huge problem. Did you know that a product could be made with "meat" from China, but "put together/manufactured" in the USA and labeled made in the USA? This practice has been going on for years. The "meat" coming from China does not have to meet United States standards. Even though our USA standards are not perfect, they are better then China. No shots, testing or inspections from USA inspectors. This was an issue even 15 years ago.

Let's talk Jerky Treats! Since 2007 the FDA has gotten reports that dogs have been getting sick and dieing after consuming Jerky treats. The only problem is no one knows why. It's at the point now that the FDA is asking pet owners whose dogs have gotten sick or died to have their Vets contact them. 3600 dogs have gotten ill and 580 have died. This fact alone should be enough reason to bake for your dog.

What I like about baking for your pet:

1) You determine the quality of the ingredients you are using.

2) The recipe could be altered for any dietary restriction or allergies.

3) It is easy

4) It is quick to mix up a batch that could last a few weeks

5) Its inexpensive. Most recipes cost a fraction to make as opposed to store bought.

6) In most cases you could use ingredients you already have in your home

Below is a recipe from my new book. It's quick, healthy and easy, your fur baby will love it.

Blueberry Cookies

1 ½ C of rolled oats

2 ½ C of unbleached white flour plus extra for rolling

¼ C wheat germ

¼ C flax seeds

½ C frozen, unsweetened blueberries or 1/2 C of fresh, cleaned blue berries

¼ C vegetable oil

1 egg

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F

In a large bowl mix all ingredients till firm. May have to use your hands to make sure all ingredients are fully mixed. If dough is too soft, add more flour 1/4C at a time. Dough consistency should be able to be rolled into a ball. Flour rolling service, roll dough to ¼ inch thickness, put on baking sheet.

Cut into shapes of your choice. Place on cookie baking sheet. Bake for 20-25 minutes till firm to the touch. Turn off stove and leave cookies in closed stove 1-2 hours to harden (for crunchy cookies.)

Thank you for taking the time to read my hub, I hope you and your fur baby enjoy the recipe.

Nova and Lola waiting for a treat

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