DOGS NEED A HEALTHY LIFE TOO!
In today’s world, dog food and treats have so many ingredients that are not considered the healthiest. Dogs today are being diagnosed and die of cancer just like humans. They also have skin conditions, unexplained itching, and unexplained upset tummies. Dog treats and foods are made with foods and chemicals that can cause illness or sensitivities. And just like humans, some of us are more sensitive to these foods or chemicals. So if your loveable pet is considered a loving family member, choose to make his life healthy too. And many of our dogs are also spoiled and picky eaters. Commercial treats are not appealing to our little paw pals. So why not make our own treats so we know what’s in them. And I’m sure our little buddies will also love the homemade foods and treats as well.
Let’s start with doggy treats. Below is a doggy treat recipe that a friend of mine found on the web. She says her dogs are picky about their treats but love these.
Peanut Butter Dog Bone Treats
• Vegetable oil cooking spray
• 2 cups whole wheat flour, plus more for dusting
• 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
• 1 tablespoon baking powder
• 1 cup low sodium chicken broth
• 1 cup creamy peanut butter, at room temperature
• 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
Place an oven rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 375 degrees F. Spray a heavy baking sheet with vegetable oil cooking spray or line with a silicon baking mat. Set aside.
In a large bowl, combine the flour, oats and baking powder. Stir in the broth and peanut butter until the mixture forms a crumbly dough. Press the dough together to form a ball.
On a lightly floured work surface, knead the dough for 30 seconds until smooth. Roll out the dough into a 10-inch circle, about 1/2-inch thick. Using a bone-shape cookie cutter, cut out bones and place on the prepared baking sheet (any scraps of dough can be formed into a ball and re-rolled). Sprinkle with the Parmesan.
Bake until light golden, 20 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
Total Time: 30 min
Prep: 10 min
Cook: 20 min
Yield: Twelve 5-inch treats, or Twenty four 3-inch treats
…Recipe courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis
Tips from my friend Carolyn:
BECAUSE CHICKEN BROTH CAN CONTAIN GARLIC AND ONION, WHICH ARE TOXIC FOR DOGS, I USE ONE CUP OF WATER WITH A TABLESPOON OF OLIVE OIL INSTEAD.
I find it easier to roll the biscuits in a small plate of Parmesan cheese after I cut them out with my dog bone cookie cutter. That way, I don’t end up with a bunch of Parmesan cheese all over my pan. And often, I just forget to use the Parmesan cheese at all.
I decided that there must be a broth for dogs so I Googled for a broth recipe for dogs. Here is what I found.
Homemade Chicken Broth for Dogs
Unfortunately, most chicken broths available at the grocery store are not very healthy for our dogs because they contain unnecessary additives. Your dog does not need MSG, extra sodium, or any form of garlic or onion which can be harmful to your pet’s red blood cells.
Rather than reading label after label, why not make your own chicken broth? Making homemade chicken broth for your dog will ensure that you know every last ingredient that went into it.
- One whole chicken, cooked
- Two large carrots
- Two large potatoes
- Remove the skin from the chicken and cut it into pieces. Place it in a large stock pot.
- Peel and cut carrots and potatoes and add them with the chicken.
- Pour enough water into the pot to cover all of the ingredients.
- Cook on high until it comes to a rolling boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for two hours. Add water if necessary to prevent soup from boiling dry.
- Remove the pot from the stove and allow it to cool. Once completely cooled, skim any fat off the top.
- Remove chicken and vegetables and strain the broth to remove any debris.
This is a healthy, dog-friendly chicken broth. You will want to be sure to refrigerate or freeze any unused broth for future use.