DIY Doggy Treats: A Healthy Alternative
We all love showing our pets we love them, and one of the best ways to do that is with treats. Dogs especially enjoy being surprised by their favorite tasty food, and treats are one of the simplest ways to show your pet that you care.
Finding treats for your pet is easy – there are literally thousands of treat options available, and you can find treats in nearly any pet or grocery store. However, there are some treats you may not want to be feeding your dog. Many dog treat companies use fillers and artificial ingredients in their products, and some treats even contain dangerous chemicals. If you’re worried about giving your dog treats that aren’t healthy, you can try homemade, DIY treats instead.
Before you dive into making your own doggy snacks, there are a couple of things to keep in mind:
- Know what not to do. It’s important to keep track of foods that are good for your dog, and foods that aren’t. Raisins, certain types of nuts, garlic, yeast dough, and of course chocolate are all things that should never go into your pet’s snacks. Before trying to make your own treats, make sure that you do your research and find out what is safe and healthy for your pet.
- Know what your dog needs. Every dog is different, so make sure that the ingredients in your DIY treats are safe for your particular dog. Homemade dog cookies are fun to make, but if your dog is allergic to wheat you will have to find a grain-free recipe.
For dogs that are sensitive to grain, you can try frozen yogurt or frozen peanut butter treats instead. Here is a super-simple recipe that you can make in your own kitchen today:
2 Cups Plain Yogurt
1/2 Cup Peanut Butter (organic and sugar-free is best)
1 Mashed Banana (Optional)
Blend all of the ingredients together in a bowl. You may need to heat the peanut butter slightly so that it is easier to stir. When it is well blended, scoop the mixture into lined cupcake trays. Place in the freezer until set. When the treats are frozen simply pop them out of the cupcake molds and voila! You have a homemade, frosty treat for your dog to enjoy on a hot summer day.
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