With so many recalls on pet treats these days it’s tempting to stop giving your pets any treats at all. But, you don’t have to take it that far. You can make your own dog and cat treats and know they are fresh, wholesome and not tainted like those ‘made in China’ varieties.
Basic Dog Treat
These can be made in several flavors and customized to avoid allergy triggers like wheat by using rice or potato flour in place of wheat & spelt flours. Additionally, check your broth to make sure corn is not an ingredient if your pet is allergic to corn.
2 teaspoons dry yeast
1/2 cup lukewarm water
2 tablespoons dry parsley
3 tablespoons honey
5-6 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups chicken, beef or vegetable broth
Preheat oven to 350°
In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Stir in the parsley, garlic, broth, honey, and egg. Gradually blend in flour, adding enough to form a stiff dough.
Transfer to a floured surface and knead until smooth (about 3-5 minutes). Shape the dough into a ball, and roll to 1/4-inch (6 mm) thick. Using small bone-shaped cookie cutters, make biscuits! Transfer to ungreased baking sheets, spacing them about 1/4 inch (6 mm) apart. Gather up the scraps, roll out again, and cut additional biscuits.
Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and turn over. Bake for an additional 15 minutes, or until lightly browned on both sides. Let cool overnight.
Basic Cat Treats
Like the dog treats, these too can be made in many flavors. Experiment with things like the liquid in canned sardines or clam juice.
1 1/2 Cup Rolled Oats
1/4 Cup Vegetable Oil
1/2 Cup Flour
1/2 Cup Tuna Oil, Chicken broth, or Beef Bouillon
Preheat oven to 350°.
Mix all ingredients into a dough. Roll dough to ¼” – ½” thickness and cut in small squares or diamonds using a pizza cutter. Set on greased cookie sheet. Bake 30 minutes or until slightly browned.
Yes, making them yourself does require a little extra effort, but keeping your pet safe, healthy and happy is more than worth it.