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DIY Healthy Dog Treats!

Updated on January 26, 2015

Treats for your dog at the store

Commercially available dog food is often full of garbage, fillers, and stuff that generally isn't very good for your dog. There are good brands out there, but you need to spend some time doing the research to find the right blend of protein, fat, and fiber for your pet. Treats, on the other hand, are far, far worse. For whatever reason, companies that manufacture dog treats tend to use the excuse that it's a "treat" to indicate that it needs to be utterly unhealthy, full of things no dog has any business eating. This doesn't have to be the way things are, though.

Spoil them rotten, for cheap!

If you're like me, your dog eats better than you do. No, seriously - Hallie, our miniature Dachshund, who was about 14 years old and had no teeth left, ate Primal organic raw food that costs more per ounce than anything I eat nowadays. Nevertheless, what happens with most folks who want to spoil their dogs rotten is that we'll go out and buy cheap and unhealthy snacks for dogs that just end up making them fatter and more susceptible to heart disease, obesity, diabetes, etc... that doesn't sound like the kind of spoiling we want to do, does it?

The surprisingly simple solution: green beans. Green beans are:

  • really cheap
  • low calorie
  • healthy and clean
  • easily digestible

We buy frozen green beans in bulk, cook about a week's worth at a time in five minutes on the stove (just boil them and then let them sit for a few minutes), and then just mash them up into a paste. This hack is super simple, and doesn't take much time at all.

Our senior Dachshunds foster, Poopert, after gorging himself on treats

Senior, toothless Hallie absolutely went freaking nuts over green beans! And we can store them in the freezer and in the fridge with these nifty "baby blocks" containers. When we need more, we just leave one of these perfectly portioned containers to thaw out in the fridge.

When you're spending an arm and a leg on fancy food for your precious little angel (you heard me say that in baby talk, didn't you?), why settle for any treat that's less than ideal AND why not save a fortune? If your dog is diabetic or has other special health needs, green beans are a great alternative.

Hallie the wonderwiener (Senior citizen, lover of green beans)


If you're interested in reading more about Hallie's story with us, please feel free to do so here. If you'd like to read about our current foster dog, Perrin (AKA "Poopert"), here's a quick story on Perrin. As always, I'd love to hear your experiences with helping your dog (especially your senior) live a more healthy, happy life!


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      Andrew Smith 3 years ago from Richmond, VA

      @oo7haze: Thanks, @oo7haze! Glad to give some ideas that have worked well for us.

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      oo7haze 3 years ago

      hey great idea!