Did you know that most commercial dog treats are full of preservatives and chemicals? Because these treats are heavily processed, nutrients actually end up being extracted, which mean more additives and artificial ingredients.
And while the packaging and marketing may be pretty appealing, the truth is that these treats have more salt, sugar, and food coloring than your pet should have.
You can’t really escape the presence of dog treats in your local supermarkets, but you can try to make your own perfectly safe and healthy treats at home. Here are some ideas:
Your dog can’t beat the heat? Help them ease into the weather with delicious pupsicles. Pick out ingredients like peanut butter and banana or strawberry and yogurt and blend it all together. When you’re done, pour it into a pupsicle or regular popsicle mold and leave it in the freezer for a couple hours. You can even get creative and use other dog treats as the stick!
As one of the easiest and most diverse treats you can make, dog biscuits are perfect for pups still on their training game. Great flavors for this snack are apple and carrot (or a mix of both); make sure to grate your carrots and puree your apples before adding them into a bowl with eggs and wheat flour. Stick it in the oven for about 40 minutes and voilÃ ! You’ve got yourself your own perfectly natural and healthy dog biscuits.
Dog donuts are cute and ideal for pet parents with extra hungry furpals. Try your hand at pumpkin dognuts by mixing oat flour, rolled oats, eggs, pureed pumpkin, coconut oil, and baking powder in one big bowl. Place it in a donut pan and bake for around 15 minutes. You can top these tasty donuts with frosting made of Greek yogurt, which are the best yogurt for dogs.
Unleash the baker in you with some homemade pupcakes. These recipes require a bit more ingredients, but the results are totally worth it. For the pupcake itself, you can use a combination of banana, yellow squash, wheat flour, baking soda, coconut oil, honey, and peanut butter. For the frosting, you can mix up some cream cheese, yellow squash, and peanut butter. Squash is great for long-term health in pets because it’s packed with nutrients and vitamins — we’re sure your pet will love it!
Make your pup happy with some blueberry pawffins! You only need some blueberries, eggs, rolled oats, wheat flour, and unsweetened natural applesauce for this delightful treat. Bake them for around 25 minutes and watch your pet’s face light up with joy when you give them a reward.
Before you start making your dog all of these yummy homemade treats, please take extra care to research what your dog can and can’t eat. Common healthy ingredients are peanut butter, bananas, apples, blueberries, sweet potatoes, carrots, and squash. Avoid grapes, chocolate, raisins, and macadamia nuts.