Treat your pup to a healthy snack with this great homemade dog treat recipe!
Everywhere you look these days are reminders to pay attention to your health and diet: Eat organic. Shop at farmer’s markets. Omit preservatives. Don’t ingest food dyes. Gluten? Forget it.
We are realizing that additives in our food may have serious repercussions on our health. We also know that when we eat healthier, we feel healthier. The same applies for pets.
Just like humans, pets can have food allergies or intolerance to certain additives. Preservatives and food dyes can cause anything from lethargy to weight gain in your pet.
One way to make sure you know exactly what your pet’s diet consists of is to make your own pet treats. That’s right. After you get finished baking those gluten-free banana-nut muffins, you can make a delicious treat for your pet!
Here’s a great healthy recipe we found on Pinterest that you can make from items in your kitchen pantry.
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 c. organic canned pumpkin
- 2 tbsp. powdered milk
- 1/4 tsp. sea salt
- 1 tsp. dried parsley leaves
- 2 1/2 c. rice flour
- Preheat oven to 350º.
- Whisk together the eggs and pumpkin puree until smooth. Stir in powdered milk, salt, and parsley until well combined. Add rice flour a little at a time until you have a firm, dry dough. (Use a rubber spatula to fold in the flour until the dough gets too tough, then you can switch to kneading with your hands.)
- Roll out the dough to about 1/4″ thickness, and use a dog bone cookie cutter (or any other cute but smallish cutter) to cut out shapes, and place them on an ungreased cookie sheet. Pop them in the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Flip over the biscuits, and bake for another 10-15 minutes until baked through and turning golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool completely before feeding to your pup.
- Not only will this yield about 3-4 dozen treats for you to store away to teach your dog some new tricks, but they will also help alleviate doggy breath! Now you can get rewarded for your pet-approved baking skills with some doggy kisses.
For more pet-approved recipes, be sure to check out our Pinterest page and our “Pet Friendly Recipes” board.
Nothing in this article should be construed as financial, legal or veterinary advice. Please consult your own advisors for questions relating to your and your pet’s specific circumstances.