11 Simple Homemade Dog Treats Your Dog Will Love

11 Simple Homemade Dog Treats Your Dog Will Love

Your pup will do zoomies for these easy-to-make dog treats that you can whip up in minutes!

Why make your own dog treats?

Sure, it’s convenient to order dog treats online or toss them into your cart at the grocery store, but it’s a whole lot less expensive when you make them yourself. Plus, when you’re doing the cooking, you know exactly what’s going into them. Still, even healthy homemade dog treats shouldn’t be given willy-nilly. Treats shouldn’t exceed 10 percent of an animal’s daily caloric intake. “No more than two to three treats per day, depending on the size of the treat and the size of your pet,” advises veterinarian Carol Osborne, DVM. And remember: “Homemade” doesn’t guarantee that the treat is good for your pup, especially if your pet has a preexisting medical condition or other dietary restrictions. Make sure to check with your vet before making any of the treats below. Here are another 8 things veterinarians want you to know about your dog’s food.

Good for You Gobblers

Courtesy of Banfield Pet Hospital

Ingredients: 1 cup white flour, 1 cup whole wheat flour, 1/4 cup chopped unsalted sunflower seeds, 2 tablespoons applesauce, 1 tablespoon peanut butter, 1/4 cup molasses, 2 eggs (beaten), 1/4 cup milk

Directions: Mix the dry ingredients (flour and seeds) together. Add the applesauce, peanut butter, and molasses, and stir well. In a separate bowl, mix the eggs and milk together. Add to the dough. Add a little more milk if the mixture is too dry—you want a firm dough. Knead for a few minutes. Roll out to 1/2-inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes. Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes, or until biscuits are brown and firm.

From homemade dog treat recipes to doggy shampoo, here are some other clever pet products you can make at home.

Banana Bites

Courtesy of Banfield Pet Hospital

Ingredients: 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour, 1/2 cup non-fat dry milk, 1 large egg, 1/3 cup mashed ripe banana, 1/4 cup vegetable oil, 1 beef bouillon cube (dissolved in 1/2 cup hot water), 1 tablespoon brown sugar

Directions: Mix all ingredients until well blended. Knead for two minutes on a floured surface. Roll to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes, and place on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 300°F for 30 minutes. Cool on wire rack.

In general, this is the very best diet for dogs, according to vets.

Pumpkin Pup Puffs

Courtesy of Banfield Pet Hospital

Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups canned pumpkin, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, 3 1/2 cups oats, 1/4 cup applesauce (make sure you’re using applesauce without xylitol in your recipe)

Directions: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Mix all ingredients together thoroughly. Drop tablespoonfuls of the mixture onto an ungreased baking sheet, and press flat with a fork. Bake for approximately 15 minutes, and then cool on a wire rack before serving. To maximize freshness, be sure to store the puffs in an airtight container.

Why should you avoid xylitol in your homemade dog treats—and everything else? This common sweetener is toxic to dogs. Here’s how to know if your pet has food poisoning.

Read more at RD.com article by Lisa Marie Conklin

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