As pet owners, we know that buying pet treats can get expensive. Add the fact that many pets have certain sensitivities or allergies to ingredients, and you could be looking at spending a small fortune on treats alone! But, you don’t have to break the bank to please your pup. By making the switch to creating homemade dog treats, you’ll not only be saving money, you’ll have the ease of mind knowing exactly what ingredients and nutrients are going into your pet’s body.
The idea of making homemade treats may seem a bit daunting, at first, but you’ll find that the process is actually much easier than it sounds. You might even have fun! All you need are a few basic ingredients and a few simple recipes. Then, once you’ve mastered those, you can modify to accommodate any sensitivity.
Here are a few quick, simple recipes to get you started:
These are perfect for hot summer days like we’re seeing, now. All you have to do is combine the ingredients in a blender, blend until smooth, pour into ice cube trays and let them freeze.
- 1 banana
- ¼ cup peanut butter, unsalted with no sugar added
- ½ cup plain yogurt
- 1 teaspoon ground flax seed (optional)
- Splash of unsweetened almond milk
Mint Buckwheat Dog Biscuits
These treats are great for helping treat bad doggy breath.
- 1½ cup buckwheat flour
- 4 tablespoons fresh parsley
- 2 tablespoons fresh mint
- 1 tablespoon pure honey
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 egg
- 1-3 tablespoons water
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- Stir flour, parsley and mint together in large bowl
- Whisk olive oil and honey in small bowl
- Pour the oil and honey mixture into the flour mixture. Add the egg and stir until combined
- Knead dough with hands. Add a teaspoon of water at a time until dough comes together.
- Roll out the dough to about ¼ inch thickness
- Use a cookie cutter to cut out desired shape
- Place biscuits on a nonstick baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes
Chicken Wild Rice Muffins
These healthy treats are so delicious, the only real cleanup you’ll have after making them is your pup’s drool over the mouth-watering smell!
- 1 cup chicken, diced or shredded
- 1 cup mashed wild rice
- 3 tablespoons rice flour
- 1 tablespoon fresh parsley
- 1 egg
- Preheat oven to 350
- Combine al ingredients and stir until well mixed
- Spoon mixture into muffin pan. Pack each muffin tight and fill until just below the top
- Bake 25 minutes or until golden brown
(Recipe by Lola the Pitty)
See, these treat recipes just don’t get any easier! Have fun with it, and don’t be afraid to try new ingredients and combinations. Just be sure to check with your veterinarian before starting any new health or dietary regimen with your pet. Enjoy!