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Dog Treat Recipe: Make Healthy, Homemade Biscuits for Your Pup!

How to make homemade biscuits for your dog – by ethicalDeal guest blogger Katrina Roberto

Homemade Dog Biscuits

(Photo by Katrina Roberto)

We put so much care into making sure our meals are healthy, so why not do the same for our fur babies? After visiting the Calgary Pet Expo this past spring, I was inspired to try a homemade dog treat recipe. Like humans, some dogs have special dietary needs. Some pups have food allergies, sensitive stomachs or dental issues which can be disturbed when you feed them the wrong treats. Presence of a food allergy  can be seen through chronic ear inflammation, constant foot biting or licking, or gastrointestinal problems. 

Every time my dog would eat beef, he would moan and moan with upset bowels for the next 48 hours. I am not a vet and not sure if he is allergic, intolerant or just too daft to know when enough is enough, but for his comfort, I found it’s best to limit his beef intake. The beauty of homemade treats is that you are completely aware of your dog’s snacks, although homemade goodies may not deter some from sneaking a couple garbage bites. Certain dogs will take to homemade treats right away but fussier eaters may not.  For DIY dog treats, I like to use the recipe below because it is beef-free.

 

Dog Treat Recipe

Ingredients:

2 3/4 cup of flour
2 tbsp of bran
½ cup of water
¼ cup of carrots
2 tbsp baking powder
¼ cup cheese of choice
3 tbsp of parsley  (for doggie breath)
½ tsp of flax-seed oil (for a silky coat)

Method:

1. Preheat the oven at 350°F. While the oven heats, chop parsley, shred cheese and carrots.
2. Combine parsley, olive oil, flax-seed oil, cheese and carrots in a bowl. Mix dry ingredients in a separate bowl before combining the two. Add water slowly.
3 .Using a non-stick baking sheet, lightly knead your dough before rolling it out. Depending on your dog’s size, roll out to your desired thickness.
4. Using cookie cutter of choice (for dog bone shapes, check your local dollar store or order online, cut shapes and place on sheet.
5. Bake for approximately 25 minutes, you are going to want to make sure the biscuits have browned before removing.

And voila!

Once they have cooled, call over your pup and see if you can turn them on to some homemade goodies!

 

About the author:

Katrina Roberto is a green girl guru, custom jewelry designer and new Vancouverite. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter @Katrinabumbina.


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