We all want to be able to offer our pets the best treats out there, but sometimes the foods and treats that are best for their coats and include their favorite ingredients can get expensive. If you’re looking to save some cash and have a fun DIY activity to do at home this fall then you have come to the right place! In this blog post we will go over what ingredients offer the most benefits to your pets health and happiness. You will also find some great recipes for fun fall themed treats for your pup!
Here is what you can find in this blog post:
- Good ingredients to keep in mind when making DIY dog treats
- Recipes For Making Some Savory Fall Themed Dog Treats
- Recipes for some sweeter treats for your pup!
Good Ingredients to Keep in Mind When Making DIY Dog Treats
In this blog post you will find some recipes already laid out for you, but if you want to make up your own recipes, then it is good to have a list of ingredients that are good for your dog. We want to make our pets happy and part of that is keeping them healthy. The following ingredients are important components to your dog's diet and if you are planning on making some delicious homemade dog treats then keep these things in mind if you are looking for a place to start.
In terms of carbs to include in your homemade dog treats, (the first couple are coincidentally fall themed!) pumpkin and squash are great sources of carbohydrates for your pup-- so are berries, rice, and kale. All these things are fairly easy to incorporate into a recipe for dog treats if they aren’t already included.
Another important component to your dog's diet is fats, many sources of fat found in dog treats are important to promote a healthy coat of fur in your dog. Some good sources of fat are fish oil, coconut oil, olive oil, flaxseed oil, and sunflower oil. If you’ve incorporated some or all of these into the treats you are making for your dog, consider adding in some of these items that are considered superfoods for your pup!
Recipe For Savory Fall Themed Dog Treats
1. For this recipe you will need the following ingredients:
1 ½ cups of whole wheat flour
½ a cup of wheat germ
½ a cup of melted bacon fat
1 large egg
½ a cup of cold water
All the ingredients can be combined at once and by hand until they form a nice doughy consistency, no need for a food processor or blender! Next roll out the dough to be a bit less than ½ inch thick and cut into pieces using a small cookie cutter.
Place the pieces on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees fahrenheit for about 20 minutes.
2. This next savory treat recipe is the perfect thanksgiving themed treat for the fall season. Here are all the ingredients you’ll need:
1 ¾ cups of whole wheat flour
2 ½ cups of quick cooking oats
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1 cup of turkey (or chicken) broth
1 ½ cups shredded turkey (or chicken)
First mix the dry ingredients separately from the broth and turkey. Mix the broth and the turkey in a blender until it reaches a pureed consistency. Then mix the meats and the dry ingredients together. This makes a relatively thick dough and it may take some time to knead out. Once you’ve kneaded it out use a small cookie cutter to cut out your desired shapes for your dog treats. Place the pieces on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees fahrenheit for about 25 minutes.
Recipes for Some Sweeter Treats For Your Pup!
1. This first ‘recipe’ is so simple you can hardly even call it a recipe. For these sweet potato chews all you have to do is get two sweet potatoes and cut them into slices lengthwise (or you can cut widthwise into smaller circles if you have a smaller pup). Then you will want to put them on a baking sheet and pop them into the oven for three hours at 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Make sure not to cut the slices too thin though or else they will become too hard for your dog to chew. The chews should be turned over half way through the baking process.
2. For the next recipe, which makes a pumpkin and peanut butter dog treat (two things your dog is sure to love!) all you will need is natural peanut butter, oats, and some all natural pumpkin filling!
-Put a cup of the oats in a food processor until they become a powder like substance. Next you will add in ⅓ cup of the pumpkin and ¼ cup of the peanut butter until the ingredients combine to make a sticky dough.
-Roll out your dough and using a cookie cutter (or a knife) cut the dough into pieces that are a good size for your dog to snack on.
-Place the pieces on a baking sheet and bake at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 to 30 minutes or until the treats are dry and hard.
Let your pets join in on all the fall celebrations, they will be oh so happy that you did! Making these sweet and savory fall themed treats for them will be sure to put them in a good mood. You can include all kinds of good ingredients that they will love and help promote a healthy digestion and a beautiful coat of fur to keep them warm in the chillier months!