3 homemade dog recipes for your pet to try

Posted by Priscilla. July 8th 2014.

One in five pet owners are worried about whether they are feeding their pet pooches the right food, according to recent research.

Making homemade meals and treats can not only give you more control over what your dog eats, it can also prevent you paying through the nose for off-the-shelf dog food. Due to this, there has been an increase in the number of people making homemade dog food with the trend kicking off around 10 years ago.

The benefits to making your own dog-friendly recipes are the knowledge that your pet is eating a nutritious snack without any unhealthy additives. Homemade foods can also be tailored to any dietary restrictions your dog may have.

It is important to ensure that the recipes contain plenty of nutrients, including sources of protein, carbohydrate, fat, vitamins and minerals. However, you will also need to be aware of toxic foods such as chocolate, onions, garlic, and raisins.

Here are some top recipes for dog treats to help you get started.

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Peanut butter cookies

These cookies sound good enough for you to eat – and technically you can – but your pet pooch will love them more.

You’ll need two cups of flour, one cup of oats, one and a half cups of water, 1/3 cup of peanut butter (preferably either your own homemade stuff or organic), one tablespoon of honey and half a tablespoon of fish oil.

Mix the flour and oats together then pour in half of water and stir until smooth. Add the peanut butter, honey, and fish oil and mix again. Then, gradually add the rest of the water until you have a thick dough. Roll out the dough on a floured surface and cut out shapes, before placing in the oven for 40 minutes.

Chicken jerky

If you usually buy dried meat or rawhide from the supermarket or pet store, this jerky recipe is a great alternative.

All you need is chicken breasts – however many as you want to make.

To make the jerky, preheat the oven to a low but constant temperature of around 100°C. Remove any fat from the chicken and slice into strips around a quarter of an inch thick. Place the strips on a baking tray and bake for two hours. When removing from the oven, check the chicken is hard, not soft and chewy.

Pumpkin balls

These delicious pumpkin balls contain lots of fibre, vitamin A and iron – all the good stuff to keep your furry friend fit and healthy.

You’ll need half a cup of pumpkin (tinned or fresh), two cups of flour, four tablespoons of both molasses and water, two tablespoons of vegetable oil, and ¼ teaspoon of baking soda and baking powder.

First, preheat the oven to 180°C before getting started on the balls. Mix the pumpkin, molasses, oil and water in a bowl then add the flour, baking soda and baking powder. Stir into a soft dough, roll the dough into a ball in your hand and place on a baking try. Bake in the oven for around 25 minutes.

Feed your dogs any of these treats and you’ll have one happy pooch.

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