The best thing about homemade dog treats is that you control the ingredients. They’re also fresher and additive-free. Try this recipe today!
In this blog post, we’ll explore the benefits of homemade dog treats and dive into a simple yet delightful recipe for Apple-Oatmeal treats. As we embark on this culinary journey for our canine companions, remember that moderation and awareness of your dog’s allergies are key. And, of course, when in doubt, consult your veterinarian for guidance.
Now, let’s treat our pups to some homemade goodness!
Yes, my dog is spoiled rotten. I make her shampoo for spa days, and I use homemade flea collars on her to spare her nasty chemicals. We even make her food. Sometimes, her dinner is fancier than mine. Yes, I get jealous at times, but she’s given me 16 years of companionship, so she’s totally worth it. That’s why I like to thank her with homemade dog treats.
Why Homemade Is Best
The best thing about homemade dog treats is that you control the ingredients. Even in this recipe, there are ways to adapt the recipe to suit your dog’s needs. For example, if your dog has wheat allergies, you can substitute whole wheat flour with coconut, chickpea, or brown rice flour. Homemade dog treats are also fresher. Because they are made fresh, they don’t need to be loaded with preservatives.
Used long term, [artificial preservatives] can add a notable risk of toxicity to any dog food. For example, ethoxyquin is one artificial preservative to watch for on a label. That’s because ethoxyquin is not only used as a preservative but also as a pesticide — and as a hardening agent for making synthetic rubber. Ethoxyquin has been under investigation by the FDA as a possible cause for certain liver and blood problems. Yet ethoxyquin is still commonly found in many popular brands of dog food and treats. – Dog Food Advisor
Before You Treat Your Dog
Moderation is important no matter what kind of treats you’re feeding. It’s also important to know your dog’s allergies. When in doubt, talk to your veterinarian before you start making treats for your dog.
My Apple-Oatmeal Treat Recipe
Indulge your canine companion with these homemade Apple-Oatmeal treats, a canine culinary delight crafted with love. Freshly peeled apples and wholesome oats come together, creating a tail-wagging experience that’s delicious and free from artificial preservatives.
- 1-1/2 c. Rolled Oats
- 1/2 c. Whole Wheat Flour
- 1/4 c. Water
- 1 tbsp. Honey
- 1 Apple
- 1 Egg
Begin by carefully peeling apples and then transforming them into a smooth puree; alternatively, you can opt for homemade applesauce if you have it on hand.
Combine the rolled oats, whole wheat flour, an egg, apple puree, and a dash of water in a mixing bowl. Add the honey.
Once your dough is well-mixed, roll it out to a thickness of approximately 1/4 inch. Now comes the creative part – use cookie cutters for charming shapes or simply employ a sharp knife to fashion bite-size pieces.
Arrange the treats on a non-stick pan. Preheat your oven to 350°F and let the treats bake for around 20 minutes, or until they acquire a gentle, golden-brown hue on the bottoms.
The result: a batch of homemade canine delights that are as visually appealing as they are tasty!
Homemade treats will last a week or two on the counter. To keep them fresh longer, you can store them in the fridge (for up to 2 months) or the freezer (for up to 8 months). No matter where you choose to store them, be sure they’re in an air-tight container.
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There’s something deeply satisfying about crafting treats with love and care for our loyal companions. As we’ve seen, the advantages of homemade dog treats extend beyond the joy they bring; they allow us to curate wholesome ingredients, steering clear of potentially harmful preservatives. So, the next time your dog’s tail wags in anticipation, take a moment to relish in the shared delight of homemade goodness, knowing that you’ve not only pampered your pup but also prioritized their health and well-being.
What’s your go-to way of pampering your furry friend? Do you have any special homemade dog treat recipes that your dog absolutely loves?
Apple Oatmeal Doggie Treats
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- Cookie Cutters optional
- Peel apples and puree them.1 Apple
- Mix oats, flour, egg, apple puree, and water together. Stir in honey.1-1/2 c. Rolled Oats, 1/2 c. Whole Wheat Flour, 1/4 c. Water, 1 Egg, 1 tbsp. Honey
- Roll out dough to 1/4″ thick. Cut with cookie cutters or simply cut into bite-size pieces with a sharp knife and move to a non-stick pan.
- Bake at 350°F for 20 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned on the bottoms.