As the world becomes more health conscious we’re realising the value in eating correctly, using simpler ingredients and preparing food at home. It hasn’t taken long for this thinking to enter the world of pet treats. More and more people are preparing their doggie treats at home, so they can have more control over what their pups eat. With National Dog Day occurring in the month of August we thought we would share some of our favourites with you!
Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats
The best thing about this homemade dog treat is that it’s made with ingredients that you may already have in your kitchen – peanut butter, pumpkin puree, eggs and whole wheat flour. The recipe requires you to bake at 180°C for 20 minutes, but they become crunchier the longer you bake them so you can adapt to your pup’s preference.
Chicken and Wild Rice Dog Biscuits
These chicken and wild rice dog biscuits are a healthy treat that delivers some of the protein your dog needs in its diet. It is made using natural ingredients found in most homes like chicken, wild rice, flour, salt, chicken broth and eggs. If they are stored in an airtight container in the freezer they will keep for up to six months.
Heart Shaped Cranberry Cookies
We can’t think of a better way to show your pet you love them, than with these heart shaped cranberry cookies! To create them all you need are eggs, almond flour, coconut oil, coconut flour and dried cranberries. The antioxidants in the super food cranberries are just as good for your dog making them a nutritious treat.
Two Ingredient Doggie Treat
These quick and easy treats only require two ingredients making them the perfect homemade dog treat for those who don’t know their way around a kitchen. Made with flour and baby food you simply mix the ingredients together to make a dough, flatten the dough out on a baking tray and pop in the oven. If you are looking to add a bit more flavour you can experiment by adding your pup’s favourite organic fruit or vegetable to the mixture.
Dog Watermelon Popsicles
Another recipe that only requires two ingredients – these clever watermelon snacks are made with watermelon and plain yoghurt. You simply blend the ingredients and pop in the freezer. One important thing to remember is to buy a seedless watermelon or be sure to remove all the seeds as these could cause intestinal blockage.
Pumpkin Apple Dog Treats
Another treat that uses pumpkin puree as a key ingredient, these easy-to-prepare treats can be made using only organic ingredients. Besides the pumpkin puree you will need oatmeal, an apple and an egg. If you don’t have access to fresh pumpkin, then canned pumpkin works just as well.
Breath Freshening Doggie Biscuits
This recipe is a little more complicated than the others on the list and features a much wider range of ingredients such as activated charcoal and brewer’s yeast. However, if your pup is suffering from chronic bad breath this might just be the treat you are looking for.
Diabetic Dog Treats
If you own a diabetic dog, you will know how hard it is to find treats that subscribe to your best friend’s dietary restrictions. That’s where these inventive treats come in. Not only are these doggie treats safe for diabetic dogs, they’re so tasty other dogs will love them too.
Every dog is different and some will have allergies to certain foods, so it is always important to consult your veterinarian regarding possible allergies your pup may have. If you have some cool doggie treat ideas, or recipes you’ve created in the past, why not share them with us and we can feature them in a future article!
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