Sunday, December 21, 2014

2 Step Homemade Dog Biscuits

As a veterinarian, I was really concerned about the tainted jerky treats that were coming from China a few years ago (although some deaths still being reported today).  There were a lot of dogs that got really sick, some going into kidney failure and dying, from chicken jerky products coming from China.  Since this has happened, PetCo and PetSmart have been trying to only stock American sourced treats, so it makes me sleep a little easier.  Of course most of the general public aren't reading the back of the treat backs to see where the sources come from, like me, so if you want to be extra careful, make your own treats!

I've seen loads of homemade dog treat recipes and yes, they are cute! But who has time to really make your dog biscuits from scratch? I can hardly convince most dog owners to brush their dog's teeth because most of them don't even have time to brush their own teeth!  You can also buy really cute, gourmet treats from boutique dog stores (like Woof Gang Bakery here in Austin), but those cute treats are mostly for our enjoyment.  A dog's going to eat a treat if it looks like a cute little bone or fire hydrant or if it looks like a lump of something unidentifiable.  Let's face it, they're not creatures to snub poor presentation.  Jake was jealous of all my Christmas cookie baking, so I made him some of his own.

So here's a dog treat process that I read about on a faded paper that was taped up on some wall at my vet school (Texas A&M Veterinary Hospital).  The original recipe said you could just microwave it, but I found that just made things soggy with the can of food I tried.  These are also easily customizable if your dog is on a special diet.  A lot of dogs have food allergies or food intolerances, so you can use whatever canned version of the diet your dog is on, as long as it is a pâté type, not the kind with the 'real chunks of food'/gravy.  Warning, this will make your kitchen smell like dog food! Use tools you can run through the dishwasher ;)  The treats come out a little softer than store-bought treats.

2 Step Homemade Dog Biscuits

Ingredients:

  • 1 can dog food, pâté style

Directions:

  1. Cut out the log of dog food from the can.  Cut into 1/4" slices.
  2. Bake in oven at 200*F for 40-60 minutes or until dried out, flipping once halfway through.

Mommy, when are you going to bake some treats for me?

homemade dog treats!
Jake sitting pretty for some treats.  Yes, I think there's some drool coming from his mouth

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