Have you ever looked at dog food you’ve unpacked for Fido and sniffed at it, wondering why it smells or looks so bad? The scary thing is that even if it looks good, most conventional food brands that cater to dogs consist of reconstituted animal by-products. This is low-grade leftovers that come from beef and poultry industries which simply don’t make the cut for human consumption so they get handed over to pets. How can this ensure the health and vitality of your dog?
Nutrition is one of the most important factors of keeping illness at bay, ensuring energy and making your pet look forward to mealtimes. Added to this, your dog’s food should not just be something that’s healthy for them – they should enjoy eating it too! If pet food is certified organic it means that it has met strict USDA standards to ensure ingredients are produced and processed in the correct way. This banishes all of the following from the food production process:
- artificial preservatives
- genetically-engineered ingredients
- artificial ingredients
Roll Over to Health
Have you ever relished in the smell that exuded from the oven when you baked your own bread? You knew exactly what went into it and could enjoy the delicious food that was also healthy. It’s the same with dog treats. There has been an increase in the availability of organic pet food and you can check out this link for great doggy treats you can purchase, however if you’d prefer to make your own treats that Fluffy will love because they’re packed with flavor, read on!
Whether your dog has a sweet tooth, a love for meaty treats or requires something softer because he/she’s a senior dog, there are some great recipes to try.
Recipe One: Beefy Vegetable Balls
Dogs love the smell of meaty treats so this is a great recipe that your pooch will enjoy snacking on.
What You’ll Need
- 2 6-ounce jars of organic beef and vegetable baby food
- 1 cup whole-wheat flour
- 2 cups dry milk
- 1 cup water
- Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit while you mix all your ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.
- Drop the mixture in spoonfuls onto a baking sheet.
- Pop it into the oven and bake it for approximately 15 minutes.
- Let the treats cool down completely before handing them to Fluffy for being such a good girl.
Great tip: you can keep the leftovers in the fridge for up to five days.
Recipe Two: Peanut Butter Biscuits
Although peanut butter is considered a safe food for dogs, keep it limited to their treats. It’s a great protein snack that is healthy and delicious since protein is one of the most important nutrients that your dog needs!
What You’ll Need
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup cornmeal
- 1/2 cup oats
- 1/4 cup Honey Crunch wheat germ
- 1/2 cup organic oil
- 3 tablespoons of natural peanut butter
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 and 1/2 cups water
- Preheat your oven to 150 degrees Fahrenheit while you mix the flour, cornmeal, oat and wheat germ in a bowl.
- Add the vanilla, oil, peanut butter and water, making sure to stir it well.
- Knead the mixture until it is smooth. You can add a bit more flour or water if you need this to help make it smoother.
- Roll the dough until it is about 1/4 inch in thickness.
- You can shape the dough into bars or cut them with a cookie cutter to create fun shapes.
- Bake it in the oven until the treats are dry. (This could take about 6 to 8 hours.)
- If your dog is old and cannot chew very well, softer treats work wonderfully.
Recipe Three: Pumpkin Puree
Pumpkin is packed with Vitamin C and Vitamin E, so it’s very healthy for dogs. By making it as a puree treat older dogs can reap the benefits while being able to eat it happily.
What You’ll Need
- One 15 oz. can of organic pumpkin puree
- 3/4 cup cream of wheat
- 1/2 cup dry powdered milk
- Bake the mixture at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 15-20 minutes.
See how easy it is to make organic dog treats? It really doesn’t take a lot of time or expensive ingredients to ensure that your dog receives snacks that are good for him.
Which of the above organic dog treats are you going to try? Tell us in the comments