6 Healthy Dog Treat Recipes
As dog owners, it’s our responsibility to provide our pups with a well-balanced diet packed with whole food ingredients. While many of us take care to only buy high quality dog food for our four-legged family members, it’s also important to be mindful of the treats we lovingly dole out on a daily basis. So, how do you know if those bacon-flavored morsels your dog goes nuts for are actually healthy? As with every food you purchase (for yourself or your dog), most of what you need to know about a product’s nutritional value can be found on the label. Among the ingredients you should avoid are artificial preservatives, artificial colors, and chemical humectants such as propylene glycol.
Though the market boasts a variety of products that contain fresh and minimally processed ingredients, the easiest way to ensure your dog is eating as healthy as possible is by making homemade dog treats with ingredients from your own kitchen. And, it’s much easier than you probably think! Here are The Doggy Dojo’s favorite homemade dog treat recipes your pup is sure to give two paws up.
Sweet Potato Pretzel Dog Treats Make these simple, four-ingredient treats using items you already have in your pantry and refrigerator. Your pup will thank you!
Ingredients: Sweet potato Whole wheat flour Flaxseed meal Egg
See the full recipe at dog-milk.com.
Apple Delight Treats These treats are packed with probiotics to help your dog’s digestive system. Plus, the parsley will help freshen your pup’s breath.
Ingredients: Non-fat yogurt or cottage cheese Unsweetened applesauce Honey Parsley See the full recipe at thenectarcollective.com.
Buckwheat Salmon and Sweet Potato Dog Treats If your dog is sensitive to gluten, this recipe is for you. Sweet potato gives your dog an extra kick of carotene while salmon and buckwheat provide extra protein.
Ingredients: Buckwheat flour Wild-caught salmon Eggs Sweet potato Parsley
See the full recipe at designsponge.com.
Peanut Butter and Banana Dog Treats The parsley in these tasty treats freshen your dog’s breath naturally. Bonus: your dog will gladly gobble them up!
Ingredients: Banana Oat flour Rolled oats Dried parsley Peanut butter Egg
See the full recipe at wholefoodsmarket.com.
Chicken Strip Dog Treats It doesn’t get much healthier than this! These single-ingredient dog treats are a cinch to make and provide your pup with loads of protein.
Ingredients: Free range chicken breast
See the full recipe at prettyfluffy.com.
Pumpkin Dog Treats These treats contain only three ingredients and are perfect for soothing an upset stomach. They’re also ideal for dogs that are allergic to peanut butter!
Ingredients: Brown rice flour Pumpkin Egg
See the full recipe at alessprocessedlife.com.
We hope your dog enjoys these healthy treats bursting with flavor and nutritious whole foods. While all of the ingredients listed above are safe for your dog, it’s important to talk to your vet before whipping up a batch for your pup. Does your dog have a favorite homemade treat we haven’t included here? Feel free to share with us on The Doggy Dojo Facebook page!