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With all the recalls out there on dog food and dog treats, I thought I would post today about how easy it is to make your own treats for your dog. There are a lot of flavors and ways to make good healthy treats for your dog that don’t take up too much of your time and will save ‘big time’ on health/vet bills, (if you happen to feed one of the recall treats that are out there.)
It is a sad reality that some of the companies who are making the foods for our four legged companions are not careful with the ingredient and cleanliness of their facilities. And sometimes the raw products themselves are tainted so the company is also a victim in the money game. The best thing we can do for our pets is to do our research and feed good quality products from a highly rated company.
Other options are to feed a raw diet using less processed products. There are many websites and books on how to feed a raw diet and there is more than one guide to follow. It is the same as training or picking the breed of dog you want to get…do your research and pick the one that works the best for YOUR situation and lifestyle. No one way fits all situations in life…feeding you dog in your household is the same…do what works but do what is good for your best buddy too. Feed good quality foods and treats so he stays healthy!
There are treats that you mix and bake and there are even easier ones that you can just mix up, shape and feed. I’ll give you two recipes here and a couple of good links too find out more.
Peanut Butter Oat Balls
1/2 cup milk, low or fat free
1 cup peanut butter, natural or organic
3 cups rolled oats
Stir vigorously to combine the first two ingredients in a large bowl.
Slowly stir (and mash) in the oats, about a 1/2 cup at a time. The mixture will be very thick.
Scoop out the peanut butter balls with a cookie scooper. Then roll with damp hands until you create a uniform ball shape.
Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Storing & Yield:
These peanut butter dog treats will last in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks. You can freeze them for up to 4 months. The yield is approximately 32, 1″ balls.
Regular peanut butter does not have as much moisture as the natural and organic varieties. So, if you choose to use a regular peanut butter, you may need to add more milk to help the mixture hold together.
If your dog is sensitive to dairy products, you can use soy or other nut milks in place of the cows milk.
You will need to fit these homemade dog treats in the refrigerator, so be sure to use a sheet pan, or other flat pan with a ridge, to cool these treats.
Soft homemade dog treats for SENIOR DOGS
One 15 oz. can organic pumpkin puree (NOT the spiced pie filling)
3/4 cup cream of wheat (or rice cereal if wheat-sensitive)
1/2 cup dry powdered milk
You can mix the cream of wheat dry; no need to cook it first.
Bake at 300 degrees F for 15-20 minutes.
Adapted from All Natural Dog Treat
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