By: Sarah Gardner
Easy dog treat recipes at home without wasting time, money or gas running out to the grocery store. Our dogs love their treats; it’s true. Unfortunately, we can’t control how commercially manufactured dog treats are made, or what goes into them.
Sure, store-bought dog treats might seem convenient, and your dogs might enjoy them. Unfortunately, they usually contain useless fillers- like corn and wheat. If they are made with quality ingredients, your store bought dog treats are probably going to be a little pricey.
Example: Milk Bones, both very popular, inexpensive dog treats and advertised as ‘wholesome goodness,’ but the first three ingredients listed are wheat flour, wheat bran, and meat and bone meal. These are some of the cheapest, lowest quality ingredients used in the pet food industry.
Not only can you find a countless amount of easy homemade dog treat recipes here, but you can also control what you put into them! No more generic ‘meat and ground bone meal’ that could be from absolutely any source; you choose what to use in your dog treat recipes.
● You choose ingredients
● Bake/mix many at once
● Usually very easy to make
● Save money, time and gas
Too much sodium can cause dehydration and in turn neurological problems, on top of countless others. Though most dog foods are designed to offer just the right amount of sodium, store-bought dog treats can easily pile it on. For example, salt is the seventh ingredient in milk bones, where it is much further down the list in most dog foods.
Unless you decide to purchase extremely cheaply mad treats from the store, they are likely going to run heavy on your wallet. By buying a few store-bought ingredients, or using what you already have at home for your dog treat recipes (like peanut butter) will usually cost you have as much or less.
Dogs love peanut butter, and it offers additional essential protein to their diets. Pumpkin is packed with fiber and beta-carotene. Eggs both contain useful proteins, and are great for skin and coat maintenance! Many people are leaning toward organic dog treat recipes to avoid GMO’s. Frozen dog treats are easy to store, and will last virtually forever.
On top of all this, homemade dog treats are often much healthier. Your dog might like those cheap store bought milk bones, but you won’t find one single thing in the list above with them.