It seems that these days there is always a health warning about some food or other, from hidden sugars, to the dangers of processed foods. As humans, we can alter our diets or avoid certain foods, which we know are bad for us, but many people don’t think about extending this change to their pets. Similar to human food, there are a number of chemicals, or low quality meats put into dog food and treats, which can be just as harmful to your pets as poor quality food is for you.
Uncomplicated ingredients to benefit your faithful friend – and your pocket!
So why not take matters into your own hands and start with making your own dog treats. You’ll know exactly what’s going into your dog’s body and that it is completely healthy and chemical free. They don’t have to be complicated and full of specialist ingredients, most homemade treats can use every day ingredients from your store cupboard, or can be easily found in your local supermarket.
For example, making some basic dog biscuits all you need is carrots, oats, peanut butter, coconut oil, some flax seeds if you have them and eggs. By blitzing the carrots and oats in a blender or food processor then mixing the rest of the ingredients in, you can create your own dog biscuits in all shapes and sizes to bake in the oven. It doesn’t stop there, you can mix up the vegetables, maybe using sweet potato, peas, green beans or even fruit as long, as it’s pitted or non-seeded.
By making sure you have an a supply of staple ingredients like brown rice, rolled oats, honey cheese and peanut butter, you can pretty much make any combination as long as your dog likes it. Just be mindful to adjust your dog’s portion sizes accordingly if you’re giving more treats, as this can be an easy way to put on extra weight, especially for small or senior dogs.
It’s not all about biscuits
You don’t have to be limited to biscuits either, you can also make meat treats, such as dehydrated livers. These are packed full of iron, protein and plenty of vitamins, which are great for your dog and are super easy to make. All you need are some sliced beef livers to bake in the oven for a few hours to dry them out nicely.
The great thing about making your own dog treats is that your dog will love you even more, you know they’re eating healthy treats and you can save money too.