According to the American Pet Products Association's latest poll, 62% of American homes have a pet, with dogs accounting for 78.2 million. All dog owners want their pets to be happy and healthy. Therefore, they want adequate nutrition and flavor when it comes to food. However, it might be difficult to locate economical tasty treats when your dog has a restricted diet or is a picky eater.
Homemade dog treats offer advantages beyond cost savings. You know precisely what foods your dog consumes when you make treats. In addition to being free of dangerous substances, homemade treats may be an excellent training device, especially when prepared in smaller amounts.
However, before pulling out your baking pan and mixer, you should consult your veterinarian to ensure your dog is free of any food allergies. For owners interested in making dog treats, here are five amazing recipes to make your dog happy.
Peanut Butter and Banana Biscuits
Peanut butter is rich in protein and healthy fats, whereas the egg contributes even more protein and healthy fats, iron, folate, riboflavin, selenium, vitamin A, and vitamin B12.
Bananas are high in potassium, fiber, and biotin. There are approximately 128 calories in each peanut butter and banana biscuit.
- One egg
- One tablespoon honey
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- One egg white lightly whipped
- ½ cup wheat germ
- ½ cup mashed banana
- 1/3 cup peanut butter
Preheat your oven to 300°. Grease a baking sheet lightly. Combine the egg, banana, peanut butter, and honey in a medium-sized mixing basin and whisk until smooth. Mix in the wheat germ and 1 cup of flour until a dough forms.
Roll out the dough on a floured surface into a 14-inch-thick sheet. Using cookie cutters, cut out shapes, then place them on a baking pan and brush with the egg white. Cook for about 30 minutes or until golden brown.
Sweet Potato Dog Biscuits
This dish is quick and easy to prepare, using only four ingredients. In addition to being fat-free, sweet potatoes contain potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, and vitamins A, C, and B6. Sweet potatoes also aid with digestion. Each of these dog treats has roughly 43 calories.
- One sweet potato
- ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
- Two eggs
- 2 ½ cups whole wheat flour
Preheat your oven to 350°. Puncture the sweet potato with a fork and microwave for 6 minutes or until cooked. After it's done, split them in half, scrape the insides into a basin, and then mash them until smooth.
Combine one cup of mashed sweet potato, flour, applesauce, and eggs in a mixing bowl and stir until a dough forms. Roll it out on a hard, well-floured surface to a thickness of about 1/2 inch. Bake for between 35 to 40 minutes or until crisp.
Baked Chicken Treats
These baked chicken homemade dog treats are an easy, no-fuss recipe. This recipe makes roughly 500 little treats your dog will like if you use a simple pyramid pan. The snacks can be refrigerated or frozen after baking.
- ½ cup of white flour
- One 10-ounce can of chicken, including liquid
- 1 cup tapioca flour
- One tablespoon of coconut oil
- Two eggs
Preheat your oven to 350ºF. In a food processor, combine the chicken and eggs. Pour the batter into a bowl, add the flour and oil, and mix. The result should be somewhat thicker than pancake batter but still pourable.
Transfer the batter off the dividers and into the silicone mold on a baking sheet, ensuring it's in the holes—Bake for 12 minutes. Once the treats have cooled, flip the mold over and remove them.
Breath-Freshening Minty Freezes
Because it contains parsley and mint, this treat is a terrific breath refresher for your dog. Parsley is intended to help digestion, decrease inflammation, and potentially prevent cancer. Mint is an antimicrobial, antifungal, and antiviral plant that can help your dog's mouth stay free of germs.
- 1 cup of plain or Greek yogurt
- A few fresh parsley leaves
- A few fresh mint leaves
Place the parsley and mint leaves in a blender with the yogurt. Blend until the herbs are uniformly distributed throughout. If you want to thin down the mixture to make it easier to pour, you can add a dash of water at this stage.
Cheese and Sardine Pyramid Pan Dog Treats
These straightforward dog treats are made with only a few ingredients. Sardines are an excellent single-ingredient protein source, and most dogs can't get enough cheese.
- One can of sardines
- A handful of roasted vegetables
- 75 grams of tapioca flour or plain flour
- 150 grams of grated Parmesan cheese
- Two eggs
Preheat the oven to 320ºF. To produce a thick batter, combine all ingredients in a blender. To thicken it, add water as needed. Spread the mixture onto the baking mat and bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
Remember to provide goodies in small quantities to prevent consuming too many calories. Pet owners should be aware that consuming a significant amount of food in a short period might cause bloating and gastrointestinal pain. Additionally, some dogs are susceptible to new foods, such as yogurt, which can cause gastrointestinal trouble. Although the ingredients included in the recipes above are generally considered safe for dogs in small quantities, always monitor your pet for allergic reactions after introducing a new food ingredient to their diet. Before administering anything to your dog, discuss any health concerns with your family veterinarian to check that all substances are safe.