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Healthy Home-made Dog Treat Alternatives
What You Probably Don't Know
Dog treats/food have hidden secrets. I have no idea how or why it is still legal for companies to put the things that they do into your pets food. Its truly disgusting! Welcome to the world of "recycling". All those parts and left over pieces of animals that farms and operations do not put into our food they put into our pets food. They try to use words that wont catch your attention like "animal by-product meal" and "meat by-product meal" even "animal fat". They legally can put almost ANYTHING into our animals food - things that they would call "toxic" to us - and yet they are given to our pets! Anything from road-kill to rejected bread and cereal items.
So just keep those things in mind- I wont go into further detail because it is quite disturbing. Once I learned the truth I started making my own dog treats and I am considering even making my own dog food as well because you can buy high-end dog food that does not contain these toxic items in them but they tend to be quite spendy! (Not that your pup isn't worth it!)
So here are some of my favorite home made - HEALTHY dog treat recipes!
My Favorite - The Easiest - Baby Food Treats!
This one is my favorite because it only has two ingredients (Unless you add to it) and because of that it is incredibly easy, cheap and your dog will absolutely love them!
- 2 (4oz) Jars Baby Food, My two favorite brands are Beech Nut and Earths Best Organics
- 2 Cups 100% Organic Whole Wheat Flour, (I like to add some rolled oats to mine sometimes - but its optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- In a medium sized bowl mix the baby food and whole wheat flour until it is somewhat stiff feeling - you can add water and more flour if needed but it should be pretty dense.
- Roll out the dough until it is approximately 1/4 - 1/2 inch thick and use cookie cutters or make them into cubes.
- Put some parchment paper on a cookie sheet and set each treat 1/2 inch apart
- Bake for 20-25 minutes - checking regularly.
- Allow proper time to cool - then store in a sealable bag or an air tight container.
- Give one to your pup and be prepared for them to want more!
Flavors my dog digs the most: Blueberry & Banana, Sweet Potatoes & Chicken, Raspberry & Carrot, Apple & Kiwi, Apple & Pumpkin - Those are just a few, there are so many different options and mixtures you could do. You're bound to find some your pup loves.
I also highly recommend anything with pumpkin in it! I started adding more pumpkin into my pups diet and I saw a different in her coats shine and softness within 2 weeks!
And of-course, I highly recommend using organic ingredients. If you do not use organic it is totally fine but there is one thing you should be warned of : Please be sure to check the label of any non organic foods because some have onion products in them which is extremely toxic to your furry friend. If you want to know what other foods are good and which ones are toxic check out my other hub: Your Dog + Human Foods: What's Good And What's Toxic!
Home-Made "Greenies" Bones - For Breath!
Does your dog need a little help in the breath department? Well this is a great recipe for your dog then! Greenies bones are pretty dang expensive - especially if you buy them often - try this recipe instead!
- 3 1/2 cup Brown Rice Flour + 2 cups rice flour
- 1 cup Chicken Broth
- 1/2 cup Fresh Mint (packed)
- 1/2 cup Fresh Parsley (packed)
- 1 egg
- 1 Tbsp. activated charcoal
- 4 Tbsp. Vegetable Oil
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- Put some parchment paper on a cookie sheet
- Mix charcoal with the brown rice flour - Set aside
- Mix parsley, mint, oil, and chicken broth with a food processor until very fine
- Add the green paste to the flour mixture and mix well
- Lightly beat the egg and mix that in last
- Knead until you have a very sticky dough ball - heavily flour a cutting board and knead until it turns an even green color. Use as much flour needed while your kneading to keep it from getting too sticky!
- Cut with your favorite shapes or simply try to create a toothbrush like Greenies!
- Put pressure (like holes) into them when you're done to keep from getting too puffed up in the oven
- Bake for 20-25 minutes
- Let cool and there you are - Breath saving treats your dog will love!
Green Bean Crunches For Your Pup!
Here is another super simple, 2 ingredient recipe your dog is sure to love.
- 5 cups frozen and cut green beans - unsalted!
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- Preheat oven to 170 degrees
- Add oil to green beans in a mixing bowl and mix to coat them in the oil
- Spread the green beans evenly on a large parchment lined cookie sheet
- Dry the green beans in the oven for 8 hours or until they are crunchy!
- Leave them in the oven when they are done until they are cool - then store in an air tight container
Another Favorite Fresh Breath Cookie
Another wonderful recipe for a treat that will help with your dogs breath!
- 2 cups Oats
- 1 cup Fresh Parsley (loose packed)
- 1 Banana
- 1 Egg
- 1 Medium Sized Carrot
- 1 Tbsp. Coconut oil (melted)
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees
- Cut oats in a food processor until they are to a flour consistency
- Peel and grate your carrot
- In a medium bowl mix together flour, carrots, and parsley
- In a small bowl mash the banana with a fork then add the egg and the coconut oil
- Then combine both mixtures together and knead thoroughly
- Lightly dust a cutting board with flour and use your hands to shape the dough into a 1/4 inch thick circle
- Use cookie cutters to cut out treats and place them on a lined parchment cookie sheet
- Bake for 30-35 minutes - checking regularly
- Allow time to properly cool - then place them into an air tight container
Sweet Potato Chews
These are tough - so if you have a chewer than these will be perfect! And they are also extremely easy and the only ingredient you need are sweet potatoes!
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees
- Wash and dry the sweet potatoes - then cut each one into 1/4 slices (length-wise)
- Place the sweet potatoes on a parchment lined cookie sheets
- Bake for 4 hours - flipping after 2 hours
- Cool on a wire rack or however you would like
- Store them in the refrigerator for up to a month!