Posted by Lora Shaw on November 21, 2013
With the holidays rapidly approaching, we know you don’t want to neglect your pet. How about spoiling him/her this season with a yummy, healthy dog treat? Pet Palace has scoured the internet searching for the most nutritious and easy canine delicacies out there. Here’s the lowdown…
Who doesn’t love a good trail mix? Your dog will go bow-wow for this one. Simply mix unseasoned meat (leftovers are fine), potatoes, veggies, and fruit. Hold the onions, raisins, and grapes. Other than that, be creative. Cut the pieces into ½ inch bites, spray lightly with cooking oil, and throw into a 200-degree oven. Remove when dry. (via Cesar’s Way)
This easy dog treat recipe is brought to you courtesy of Cesar Millan, AKA The Dog Whisperer, and it sounds delish. Melt 1 cup of peanut butter in the microwave and combine it with 32 ounces of vanilla yogurt. Pour them into cupcake wrappers and freeze. It doesn’t get any easier than this, folks. (via Cesar’s Way)
Nothing says “I love you” like the generous distribution of sweet potato dog treats. And you’ll be thrilled at how healthy these are for your pup. To make the biscuits, mix 1 can of sweet potato, 1-3/4 cups of whole wheat flour, and 1 beaten egg. Roll the mixture into small balls (yield is about 2 dozen) and place on a non-stick cookie sheet. Flatten the balls so they’re roughly ¼-inch thick, and bake in a 350-degree oven until they are golden brown—about 20-25 minutes. (via My Baking Addiction)
Want to indulge your dog? These homemade dog biscuits are surprisingly simple and only require 2 ingredients—2 four-ounce jars of baby food and 2 cups of wheat flour or wheat germ. Make sure the baby food contains no preservatives or onion seasoning; most baby foods will fit the bill. Combine ingredients, form them into balls (just as you would with cookies), flatten the balls, and bake for 20-25 minutes in a 350-degree oven. (via Curbly)
Big thanks to Martha Stewart for this recipe for dog treats—these dog biscuits are the crème de la crème of DIY dog treats. Assemble the following ingredients: 2 cups barley flour, 1/2 cup of old-fashioned oatmeal, 1/3 cup shredded cheddar, 1/4 cup grated parmesan, 1/3 cup of unsweetened applesauce, and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Mix all ingredients with approximately 3 tablespoons of water. Roll dough to approximately ¼- inch thick between 2 sheets of plastic wrap. Use cookie cutters to create adorable treats, toss them onto a non-stick baking sheet, and bake in the oven at 350-degrees for about 30 minutes until they are nicely browned. (via Martha Stewart)
As you can see, DIY dog treats are inexpensive, nutritious, and simple to make. You can expect your canine to woof with delight over these delicious stocking stuffers.
About the author
Lora Shaw is currently the Vice President of Operations at Pet Palace.