Author: Victoria Smith
Buying a box of dog treats is a simple process, but the ingredients on the side of the box can be worrying. To keep your pet as healthy as possible, DIY dog treats are a great option to lessen their exposure to too many chemicals and unknowns.
Simple Green Beans
As the fall harvest season comes in, you may find yourself drowning in fresh veggies. Green beans are both good for dogs and flexible. If your dog loves ice cubes, frozen green beans can be a fun “bone” to play with. These can also be handy if your older dog has any swelling or discomfort after getting their teeth cleaned.
You can also dehydrate green beans for a yummy, crunchy treat. Once the beans are fully dehydrated, you can keep them in an airtight jar in a dark cupboard for at least two months. This is a great way to use up the remains of your garden harvest!
DIY Bacon Treats
Dogs need a bit of fat to keep their skin and joints healthy. Pairing bacon, eggs, gluten-free flour, and a bit of water. These foods can be blended together, separated into small baking pans, and baked at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
By investing in a set of silicone baking molds for DIY dog treats, you can customize the size of the treats for smaller dogs. Once you have a set of these handy tools, you can easily change up your recipes and create treats that you know your dog will enjoy without overloading them with fat and calories.
A Little Sweetness
With gluten-free flour and gluten-free oats, you can easily make dough for doggie pretzels. This simple dough can be mixed with a blending hook or by hand. It will be stiff and sticky so you can easily roll it into tubes and wrap it into a pretzel shape.
Unsweetened applesauce adds moisture and a bit of brushed egg will help the pretzels brown a bit. These will bake down into a pretty hard treat. If you have a small dog, consider baking these in a simple stick or straight twist.
Low-Fat Protein Options
Canned chicken is a terrific ingredient for dog treats. Save the meat from the top of the can as you blend in tapioca and gluten-free flour to bind up the meat and oil before baking.
This mixture bakes up easily at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake it in a silicone pyramid pan for a jar full of tiny meat treats with lots of flavor for your pet. This flexible pan will create multiple crispy treats that you can easily tip out of the pan once they’re solid.
Treats You Can Pair with Supplements
If your pet is older or struggling with health issues, holistic pet care options can comfort you as a caregiver. For example, your pet may get great relief from a bit of CBD.
To extend the benefits of the CBD drops, consider blending up peanut butter treats with gluten-free flour. The fat in peanut butter and the oil in this recipe will extend the CBD absorption and give your pet relief over a longer time.
Rolled Batter Treats
Pairing peanut butter, cinnamon, and gluten-free flour and wheat germ, you can create a yummy dog treat batter that is easy to bake up. This is another treat that will accept CBD once baked.
This batter is probably too thick to press into a mold. You will need to roll it down to 1/4 thick. If you don’t have a rolling pin, another option is to roll it into a tube, chill it and cut it into thin coins before baking.
Once these are baked, allow them to cool and layer them in an airtight container with paper towels between the layers. Low-fat peanut butter and powdered peanut butter will not work for this recipe. You will need all the oil in the peanut butter to capture the flour and blend it fully.
Our dogs can’t tell us what foods make them feel great and what foods make them itchy, nauseous or unwell. By simplifying their diets with DIY treats of known ingredients, you can lessen the risk of discomfort and misery. Veggies, fruit, and meats, as well as gluten-free flour, can all make it easy to safely treat your pet.