At a Fraction of the Cost
Do you love your furry friend, and want to make sure that the treats you are giving him or her are healthy, and not full of nasty preservatives and filler?
The best way to be sure about what you’re giving your dog is to make treats yourself. It really isn’t that difficult.
Before I tell you my recipe for dog treats, here are some tips:
Save bacon grease, water from boiling chicken, or drippings from meat to flavour the treats. Make sure the stuff you save doesn’t have any sort of onion in it. Any good pet owner knows onions are bad for dogs. You can also buy cheap cuts of meat to cook and use in the treats.
Your dog doesn’t care how much fat is on it, just the flavour counts. It won’t hurt your dog, as they won’t be getting enough of it at one time to make them fat.
1/3 cup melted butter or margarine (or bacon grease, meat drippings, etc)
1 cup instant or quick cooking oats
1 cup boiling hot water, or boiling hot chicken broth.
1 large beaten egg
1/2 cup skim milk (or extra broth)
1 tsp sugar
1/2 cup cornmeal
3 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup finely grated cheddar cheese
Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl, making sure to knead until the dough is smooth. If the dough is sticky, add a little more flour, 2 tbsp at a time. If it is too dry, add a little water at a time, until it reaches a good consistency.
Shape the treats into any shape you want, about 1/2 inch thick, and place on a greased baking sheet. Place in the oven at 300 degrees for about 20 minutes, then turn the treats over, and bake for another 20-30 minutes. If you want crunchier treats, bake at about 225 to 250 degrees for 40-45 minutes on each side. Be sure to check often to be sure they aren’t burning.
Once done let them cool before serving to your dog or storing them.
Store treats in the refrigerator in an airtight container for no longer than 2 weeks.DISCLAIMER: The information on this site is not intended to replace the advice of your own veterinarian or doctor. Should you think that your pet needs medical attention, please contact your local veterinarian.