Happy Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day!
While we love to give our pets treats, you don’t want to add an excessive amount of calories to an otherwise healthy diet. It’s important that we reward dogs with treats that are safe and and low in calories. Here are a few healthy treat options that you can make at home!
Homemade Low-Calorie Dog Treats:
“Easy Homemade Dog Biscuits”
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup wheat germ
1/4 cup brewer’s yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1.5 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 cup low-sodium canned chicken stock + additional for brushing
Visit the Martha Stewart website for baking directions.
“Peanut Butter and Banana Dog Biscuits”
1/3 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup mashed banana
1 tablespoon honey
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup wheat germ
1 egg white for brushing
Stir together egg, peanut butter, banana and honey thoroughly. Then stir in the flour and wheat germ. Turn dough onto floured board and roll into 1/4 inch thick pieces. Cut into your desired shape, brush with egg white and bake biscuits at 300 degrees for 30 minutes.’
“Low Fat Carrot Treats”
1 cup of shredded carrot
1/4 cup unsweetened apple juice
1/8 cup of water
1.5 cups of whole wheat flour
1 cup rolled oats
Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl. Knead the dough until it’s about half an inch thick and use a cookie cutter to cut the biscuits. Bake the treats at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.
Visit this website for additional baking directions.
“Blueberry Dog Biscuits”
1.5 cups oat flour
2.5 cups quinoa flour
3/4 cup flax meal
1/2 cup frozen, unsweetened blueberries
1/4 cup olive oil
1 large egg
Mix ingredients in a large bowl and roll out dough onto a plastic wrap sheet. Use a bone-shaped cookie cutter to cut out your biscuits. Space the biscuits 1 inch apart and bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.
Visit the Martha Stewart website for additional baking directions.
Treats and snacks should only make up 10% of your dog’s daily caloric intake. If you have any questions about how you can improve your pet’s diet and help them achieve a healthy weight, contact on of our offices.