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Making Pet Treats at Home

As a dog owner, I have to admit that I like giving my dog the occasional treat, and while she loves those doggy biscuits, I’m often unsure what actually goes into them. For this reason, I have decided to make my own doggy treats! They’re delicious, healthy and easy to make, so I included 2 recipes for doggie treats and 2 for kitties.

1. Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Biscuits

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ cup peanut butter (natural)
  • 3 cups of whole wheat flour (more if needed)
  • 2/3 cup pumpkin puree

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C)and lightly grease a cookie sheet.
  2. Mix the peanut butter, eggs and pumpkin puree until the mix is consistent and start adding 2½ cups of flour, then mix until it’s fully blended, then add more flour until the dough is no longer sticky.
  3. If you want different colored treats, split the dough and add food coloring (make sure it's safe for dogs).
  4. Prepare a surface with some flour and knead the dough until it is uniform. Roll the dough with a rolling pin to about ¼ inch (½ cm) thick. You can use bone-shaped cookie cutters to get that store-bought look.
  5. Place the cookies on the baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes until the edges get a golden hue.

2. Bacon Flavored Doggy Treats

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 5 cups whole wheat flour
  • 10 tbsp. bacon fat (melted)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C) and lightly grease a cookie sheet.
  2. Beat the eggs, stir in milk, water, salt, and bacon fat until well blended.
  3. Gradually add flour until the dough is stiff.
  4. Roll the dough with a rolling pin to about ¼ inch (½ cm) thick. You can use bone-shaped cookie cutters to get that store-bought look. and place on the cookie sheet.
  5. Bake for 35-40 minutes.

3. Tuna & Catnip Cat Treats

INGREDIENTS:

  • 5-oz bag or canned tuna, drained
  • 1 tbsp. dried catnip
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup coconut flour or wheat flour
  • 1 tbsp. extra light olive oil
  • 1-2 tbsp. water

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C) and lightly grease a cookie sheet.
  2. Combine tuna, egg, flour, water, oil and catnip, then blend in a food processor until the mixture is smooth. (It will be somewhat powdery)
  3. Roll pieces of the dough into 2 inch balls and place on the cookie sheet.
  4. Bake for 12-15 minutes until the balls are dried on top and lightly brown.

4. Chewy Cat Treats

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup cooked rice
  • 1 cup brown rice flour
  • 4-oz chicken and brown rice baby food (or something similarly meaty)
  • ¼ cup parsley (coarsely chopped)
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • 1 tbsp. catnip (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F (150°C) and lightly grease a cookie sheet.
  2. Combine the egg, baby food, parsley, oil, and water. 
  3. Add brown rice flour and cooked rice and stir until the mixture is thick and spreadable.
  4. Spread the mixture on the Cookie sheet and create a rectangle, about 1/3 of an inch thick. 
  5. Bake for 12-15 minutes, then remove from the oven. 
  6. Let it cool, then cut the dough into bite-sized pieces. 
  7. Bake the pieces for 8 more minutes. 
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