Since we are in the first week of fall for the year, I find it very appropriate to share a recipe for a fun, fall dog treat that your pets will love. It contains six ingredients: 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour, 2 eggs, 1/2 cup canned pumpkin, 2 tablespoons peanut butter, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Whisk together all of the ingredients in a bowl. You may add some water for the dough to be workable, but the dough should remain dry and stiff. Roll the dough in to a half inch thick flat roll. Use cookie cutters to cut pieced from the roll. I prefer the shape of dog bones, but any shape will do. Bake for around forty minutes or until the treats are hard. Your dog will love the combination of the taste of peanut butter and pumpkin flavors. I have tested this recipe on my dogs and not only is it very easy, they loved the treats! I may even start testing them on my Gwinnett Pet Watchers clients, and I am pretty sure that they won’t mind. If they were a hit in my house, I am sure that everyone’s pups will love them. It is nice to give your pets a little variety sometimes, rather than purchasing store bought treats all the time.
This Saturday, August 16th, there will be a pet friendly event in Snellville at Lenora Park in Gwinnett County, Georgia. Milo’s Kitchen will be sponsoring a truck treat stop with their own food truck to serve your pooches. We, Gwinnett Pet Watchers, have the details for the event on our website Events page. The event will be held from 2-4pm and will be giving free samples out of Milo’s Kitchen home style treats to your pups. All of their products are made in the USA. They will also have family portraits, personalized give aways, and information on their products. Lenora Park is located at 4515 Lenora Park Road in Snellville, GA. The truck will also be at Bark in the Park on Sunday August 17th at 755 Hank Aaron Drive with the Atlanta Braves. The truck has been touring the United States all summer promoting their treats. You can follow their schedule www.MKTreattruck.com.
Chicken Jerky Alternatives
Last week I brought you information about the growing concern of feeding your pets chicken jerky made in China. This “treat” has been linked to over two thousand illnesses and deaths of both dogs and cats. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been warning of the possible danger of chicken jerky made in China since 2007, yet it can still be found on store shelves.
(Review the U.S. Food and Drug Adminstration consumer advisory here.)
As a follow up to my last post, this week I bring you recommendations on some of my most loved dog treats. There are many alternatives to chicken jerky and other pet treats made in China. Here a few of my favorites:
• Beef neck bones: You can find these in the meat section at Publix or your local grocery store. Ask the butcher about purchasing beef neck bones to be used as dog treats. For my dogs, I request they be cut two to two and a half inches thick and usually buy a whole case at a time. This is a very fresh, natural and easy way to provide your dog with a delicious treat. The bones should never be cooked, as that can cause them to become brittle, just pop them in the freezer and take out as needed.
• Kongs: A kong is a great treat and toy for your dog, especially those with tons of energy! Fill and freeze for long lasting entertainment. I personally like to make mine with yogurt or peanut butter, but the possibilities are endless.
• Kona’s Chips: If homemade dog treats don’t fit into your busy schedule, there are also excellent store bought choices. Kona’s Chips is a great brand that offers a variety of different treats that are made in America (my dog Suzy is a big fan of their Chicken Jerky).
• Three Dog Bakery: The “Woof”ers from Three Dog Bakery are always a big hit, but I don’t give them out as often as the others. Although their ingredients are very wholesome and natural, these cookies do contain wheat, which I try to avoid.
I hope you enjoy my suggestions. If you have any questions or other recommendations, feel free to leave them in the comments below.
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Peanut Butter and Apple Dog Biscuits
1 1/2 cup whole wheat flower
1 cup rolled oats
1 1/2 cup water
1/2 cup peanut oil
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
1/4 cup diced dried apples
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 large eggs
Preheat oven to 350 digress; Blend together the apple, water, vanilla, eggs and peanut oil. Stir in the flower, oats, to form soft dough. Roll the dough into balls, put on a baking sheet, flatten (I rolled out and used cookie cutter) Bake for 25 minutes or until hard and crisp
This is an easy to make wholesome treat for your dog. It is an easy way to increase the intake of vegetables in your dog’s diet.
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 large eggs
1 cup oatmeal
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon canola oil
¼ cup wheat germ
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Combine and mix the carrots, eggs and oil. In a separate bowl combine the remaining dry ingredients. Mix both bowls together and knead until becomes a soft dough. Roll out on a floured surface and cut into desired shapes. Bake 35-40 minutes. Turn off the oven and remove cookies. Allow to cool for 15 minutes and then return to the warm oven to dry for about an hour
Molasses Peanut Rewards
Molasses is a sweetener that is actually good for your dog, providing manganese and other trace minerals.
1/2 cup of peanut butter
1 cup water
6 tbsp vegetable oil
11/2 cups rolled oats
2 cups wheat flour
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk the molasses, peanut butter, water and vegetable oil. Combine the oats and flour. Slowly add to the wet ingredients. Mix and drop tablespoon (large) teaspoons (mid) onto baking sheet and press down. Bake for 25-30 or till firm. Calories 84g, Protein 2.2g, carbohydrates 9.3g, Dietary Fiber 1.6g, Fat 4.5g
Pumpkin dog Treats
Pumpkin is very good for a dog’s digestive system and they love molasses
2 cups whole wheat flour
4 tbsp blackstrap molasses
1 tsp cinnamon
4 tbsp water (or beef broth)
2 tbsp vegetable oil
¼ tsp baking soda
Preheat oven to 350 degrees, Blend together the pumpkin puree, molasses, water and vegetable oil. Stir in the flower, cinnamon, baking powder, and baking soda to form soft dough. Roll the dough into balls, put on a baking sheet, flatten (I sometimes roll out and used cookie cutter) Bake for 25 minutes or until hard and crisp
Notes: will last up to 2 weeks in airtight container Calories …. 35, Protein ….0.7g, Carbohydrates…. 6.1g, Fat ….0.9g
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