Holiday DIY – Homemade Pet Treats

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HEALTHY HOLIDAY TREATS FOR YOUR DOGS & CATS

‘Tis the season to feast!  But while you are indulging on home cooked meals and family fun in the kitchen, don’t forget about your pets!  This holiday season, experiment with some pet treat receipes instead of that 5 hour long pie recipe!  We found some delicious (and healthy!) treats that your pets will love!  These recipes include all the favorite fall ingredients like pumpkin, apples, turkey and more.   Here are a list of our favorite holiday homemade pet treats:

Pumpkin Dog Cookies

Makes 36 large dog biscuits

  • 2 1/2 cups brown rice flour
  • 2 tablespoons flax seed meal
  • 2 extra large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup cold water or enough to make dough stick

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Combine brown rice flour and flax meal in a large bowl. Mix eggs and pumpkin together in a separate bowl until smooth. Add pumpkin mixture to brown rice mixture in two parts, stirring with a wooden spoon or spatula. Add water slowly. Use your hands to pull the dough together.

Roll dough out between two pieces of waxed or parchment paper to desired thickness. (about 1/4″ thick.) Remove top piece of waxed/parchment paper, flip dough onto brown rice floured counter, remove top piece, and then cut biscuits using desired cookie cutter. Re-roll and cut scraps until you’ve used every possible bit of dough.

Place biscuits on parchment lined baking sheets (or lightly greased with oil). If using a dog bone shaped cutter, gently press down, wiggle a little, then lift out.

Bake for 30 to 45 minutes, until the top of the biscuit has dried out completely. Let biscuits cool on wire racks. Store in an airtight container.

 

Fruity Dog Biscuits

  • 1 apple (cored and all seeds removed.  see note below)
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tsp cinnamon (optional: ginger powder)

Preheat oven to 350° F. Combine the lemon juice and water in a small bowl. Set Aside. Peel, core and slice the apple. The more uniform the pieces, the better. Place the apple slices in the lemon bath. Let them soak for 8 minutes. Gently turn them around once or twice. Place the slices on a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Sprinkle with cinnamon or ginger.

Bake for 20 minutes. Turn off the oven and let them continue cooking for another 10 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack.

Note: Be sure to remove the core and seeds -it’s poisonous to dogs.

 

Turkey Tots – Dogs and Cats

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon chopped parsley
  • ¼ cup shredded cheese (optional)
  • ½ cup chopped veggies (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Mix all ingredients a large bowl.  Bake for 10 minutes or until brown. Cool and serve or seal in an airtight container and store in the fridge or freezer until ready to serve

 

Sweet Kitty Bites

  • 1 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup tuna oil, chicken broth or beef bouillon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix all ingredients into dough. Dust hands with flour and form small, 1/2-inch thick, round biscuits. Set on greased cookie sheet.  Bake 30 minutes or until biscuits are slightly browned.  Cool before serving.

 

 

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