Healthy Dog Treat Recipes:

Why Homemade Cooking is Good For Your Dog!

Having access to a variety of healthy dog treat recipes is your first step to being able to reward your dog with an extra special treat. You'll probably have many of the ingredients at home already - which will save you money.

Healthy Dog Treat Recipes

If, like me, you worry about your dog's health, it's important to use only healthy dog treat recipes when baking your best friend's treats. Not human recipes. All our dog treat recipes contain only ingredients that are safe and healthy for your dog.

Unfortunately, we can't always say the same for store-bought treats as we don't know exactly what's in them, or where they're made for that matter. 

Being able to control what goes into your dog is the number one reason I choose to bake my dog's treats at home. I still buy treats from local pet stores when I'm strapped for time, but only if I know I can trust the brand. Ultimately, I like to provide Lady's treats from good old home cooking! Using simple recipes to make delicious treats to help keep my dog, Lady happy and healthy. The extra added ingredients from harmful chemicals that can be found in commercial treats can take years off your furry friend's life.

You know how the saying goes....."You are what you eat".  Well, that applies to our dogs as well.  By making healthy treats, you can easily start to see positive changes in not only your dog's health but overall well-being, happiness, and behaviour. It's never too late to make a change to your dog's health for the better.  Creating healthy treats by using simple recipes and ingredients can add years to your dog's life. Start baking at home, know what your dog is eating and you'll be happy you did - I certain was and have seen an improvement.

Healthy Dog Treat Recipes for Overweight Dogs

If your dog is overweight then you've probably been told to change your dogs food and treats to reduce the calorie content. That doesn't have to mean cutting out treats entirely.  Yes, you need to make changes, but by making your own healthy dog treats, you'll will help your dog with their weight issues and also provide them with exciting tasty treats. 

Commercially prepared dog treats are often very fatty and contain high calories and therefore not recommended for consumption by overweight dogs.  There are low-fat versions of dog treats available, but these treats often compromise protein content to reduce the fat content. This lack of protein is not necessarily healthy for your dog especially if you're trying to help them build muscle and lose fat.

If you have an overweight dog, you need to provide your dog with nutritious treats that will help them to return to a healthy weight.  A good option is definitely meat or vegetable based treats, as they aren't overloaded with sugar, carbs, or empty calories.  One of my dog's favorite are the liver-based treats but you can also use any of the recipes below or the ones that are designed for diabetic dogs.

Most veterinarians define overweight in dogs as not being able to feel their ribs.  For a dog to be at the ideal weight, you should be able to feel the ribs with only light pressure on the skin over the rib cage. If you have difficulty feeling the ribs on your dog, they are most likely carrying excess weight - which I would recommend speaking to your veterinarian about. This weight can shorten their lifespan and can also lead to hip dysplasia.  For this reason, it is advisable that you help your dog to return to a healthy weight by replacing their usual fatty treats with those created from these low fat healthy dog treat recipes.

Three Healthy Dog Treat Recipes 

Candy, Chocolate, ice cream, and cakes are just some of the treats that we love and crave. Like us, our dogs deserve treats - It's a great way to reward them for goos behaviour and during training. If you want to ensure your dog is getting a healthy treat (without the preservatives) check out our three recipes below:

1 ) Cinnamon Pumpkin Ball Treats

Cinnamon Pumpkin Ball Treats Dog Treat Recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 4 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F
  2. In a large bowl, combine pumpkin, water, molasses and vegetable oil
  3. Carefully stir in whole wheat flour, cinnamon, baking powder, and baking soda until mixture softens
  4. Scoop small spoonfuls of the dough and roll into balls using your hands
  5. Place dough balls onto lightly greased cookie sheet, flatten with a fork
  6. Bake in oven until hardened, about 20 - 25 mins

2) Crunchy Apple Pupcakes

Ingredients: 

  • 1 egg
  • 4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 3/4 cups water
  • 1 cup dried apple chips (unsweetened)
  • 1/4 cup applesauce (unsweetened)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/8 tablespoon vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F
  2. Combine eggs, water applesauce, honey and vanilla extract in a bowl
  3. Stir in whole wheat flour, apple chips, and baking powder
  4. Mix to combine ingredients well
  5. Pour mixture into lightly greased muffin pans
  6. Bake in over for 1 to 1/2 hours
  7. Allow to cool before serving

3) Leftover Doggie Trail Mix

Leftover Doggie Trail Mix Recipe.

Ingredients: 

  • Potatoes - Peeled, boiled and sliced
  • Leftover meat (if seasoned, remove flavoring), shredded or sliced into bite-sized pieces
  • Fruits (except grapes or raisins), sliced into bite-sized pieces
  • Vegetables (except onions) sliced into bite-size pieces
  • Cooking spray

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 250°F
  2. Mix all ingredients in a large glass bowl and spray lightly with cooking spray
  3. Place in a food dehydrator 165°F (4-6 hours) or preheated oven (1-2 hours) until dried out.
  4. Allow to cool
  5. Place in glass jars, or any reusable container. Store in fridge.

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