Healthy and Natural

Is your pet like a member of your family? If so, you may want to surprise your furry friend with a special homemade treat. Homemade treats allow you to choose only the healthiest of ingredients and avoid much of the processed fillers that are used in conventional treats.

The golden rule to making the healthiest homemade pet treats is to use only ingredients that you would also eat. Here are a few tasty, easy-to-make treats that you can feel good about feeding your pets.

Cheesy Bites for Dogs

  • 1 cup wheat flour
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese grated
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • Garlic

To Make: Mix, knead and roll the dough out on your floured counter. Cut out some fun shapes using cookie cutters. Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet in a 350 degree F oven for 15 minutes. Store in the refrigerator.

Yummy Doggy Spice Cookies

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup original molasses
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • Egg
  • 2 1/4 cups white flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup crushed peanuts

To Make: Combine molasses and honey in a bowl. Add the applesauce and egg. Mix until the egg separates and everything gels together. In another bowl mix the dry ingredients. – not peanuts – and slowly add to liquid. Try adding half at a time and mixing before adding the other half. After this is mixed, drop on un-greased cookie sheet using a teaspoon. Leave some space between each cookie. Top each cookie off with the crushed nuts and push down gently. Bake these cookies at 350 degrees F for 8-10 minutes. Store in an airtight container.

Breath-Buster Dog Treats

If you doggie has suffers from bad breath, you can actually make treats to reduce the odor.

  • 1 1/2 cups oat flour
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped parsley
  • 1/4 tsp of mint extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil

To Make: Mix everything together in a large bowl until it forms a thick dough. If the dough is a bit flaky, add some water until it stays together. Roll the mixture on a floured surface fairly thin. Cut with shaped cookie cutters. Bake at 350 degrees F until brown. Cool and store in an airtight container.

Leftover Trail Mix

If you are looking for a great way to use your leftovers, this trail mix is the answer. Your dog will love it if you mix pieces of meat, potatoes, vegetables and fruit together. Make 1/2-inch thick pieces and coat them with cooking spray. Place the pieces in a food dehydrator or bake at an oven set at 200 degrees F until dry.

Kitty Fishy Cookie

Even the most finicky cat will love these fishy treats.

  • 7 oz of mashed sardines (1 can)
  • 1/4 cup dry non fat milk
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ

To Make: Mix all ingredients in a bowl and form small balls and flatten slightly with a fork. Bake on a greased cookie sheet at 350 degrees F for about 20 minutes or until brown. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Tuna Cookie

  • Can of tuna
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp old fashioned oats
  • 1 egg

To Make: Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Spread the dough on a greased cookie sheet in a thin layer. Bake for about 7 minutes or until brown. Flip the treats over and bake for another 7 minutes. Remove from the oven and break into bite-sized pieces. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Catnip Cookie

Cats go crazy for catnip and are sure to love you for these tasty treats.

  • 1 -1/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup nonfat dry milk
  • 1 tbsp flaxseed meal
  • Egg
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup goat’s milk
  • 1/4 cup dried catnip

To Make: Mix the first three ingredients well. Add in the rest of the ingredients. Use your hands to mix – adding some flour to keep the dough from sticking. Use 1/4 teaspoon of the mixture to make small balls. Place on greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees F for about 5 minutes and flip over for another 5 minutes. After cooling, store in an airtight container.

Frozen Peanut Butter Yogurt Treats

Help your dog cool off on those hot summer days with a frozen treat.

  • 2 mashed bananas
  • 32 oz low fat yogurt
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp honey

To Make: Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Spoon mixture into silicone baking cup and freeze for 2 hours.

Doggie Pumpkin Balls

This is a very healthy treat for your loyal pup.

  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 4 tbsp molasses
  • 4 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

To Make: Mix the wet ingredients in a large bowl. Add the dry ingredients and mix. Form into small balls with your hands. Place balls on greased cookie sheet and flatten lightly with a fork. Bake in 350 degree F oven for 20 – 25 minutes.

Apple Crunch Treats

  • 2 ¾ cups water
  • ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/8 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup dried unsweetened apple chips
  • 1 tbsp baking powder

To Make: Mix the wet ingredients together in a large bowl. Add the dry ingredients, mixing well. Pour into silicone muffin cups and bake at 350 degrees F for 1 1/4 hours. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Basic Dog Biscuit

There are many ways to spice up the basic dog cookie recipe below. Try adding some bacon bits, oats, liver, chicken broth or shredded cheese to give your pooch an extra treat.

  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. beef or chicken bouillon granules
  • ½ cup hot water

To Make: Dissolve the bouillon in hot water and add in the other ingredients. Knead with your hands until the dough forms a ball. Roll the dough on a floured surface until it is about 1/2-inch thick. Cut into slices. Place on greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.

Tips: Always be sure to stay away from ingredients that your pet may be allergic to. If your pet has an unfavorable reaction to one of the treats, it may be due to an allergy. Store extra treats in a sealed container placed in the freezer.