Bake your own doggie treats

Anyone with a dog knows a lot of dog treats have been recalled in recent months. Why risk your pet’s health on pre-made, processed by-products when making treats from scratch isn’t any harder than baking cookies?

That, and I have been looking for an excuse to use these cool doggie bone cookie cutters….

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When a neighbor passed along this recipe her sister’s dogs loved, I asked Doggie Lily’s vet if it sounded like a healthy treat. She said pumpkin is really nutritious, good for digestion (it’s great for cats, too), then asked me to let her know how they turn out.

This weekend Doggie Lily and I broke out the rolling pin and started baking.

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Measure and mix as directed, then use your hands to knead it into shape. Then roll out the dough and start cutting.

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They don’t need much space for baking, so you can pack them fairly closely.

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Bake as directed (flipping the treats half way through), and this is what you get.

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Yield: 20 small, 18 medium and 12 large, crunchy treats.

Lily’s verdict?

Lily didn't stay still, and had most of this treat down before I could get a photo.

Lily didn’t stay still, and had most of this treat down before I could get a photo.

That's my girl. She didn't miss a crumb!

That’s my girl. She doesn’t want to miss a crumb!

She’s already had two medium sized treats and is still sniffing around for more.

With lots of leftover ingredients, we just might bake some more when Doggies Finn and Stella are here for their spring vacation next week.

What are some of the crazier things you’ve done or made for your furry babies?

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About Paula Hendrickson

I'm a full-time freelance writer with an addiction to yarn, cooking and all kinds of crafty things. I come from a long line of creative and entrepreneurial types on both sides of the family, making creativity almost like competitive pursuit.

Posted on May 4, 2013, in Baking, cooking, doggie treats, dogs, gifts, pets, pumpkins, snow dogs and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Home baked treats are always the best! enjoyed your post!

    • Paula Hendrickson

      Doggie Lily’s been giving me the, “Why haven’t you made these before?” look since she tried the first one.

  2. Julie Cook Ramirez

    I would love to try them for my girls, but Bonners has such terrible food allergies, I’m afraid she probably wouldn’t be able to enjoy them. I did make a doggie cake for my late Diva’s final birthday back in 2007. She loved it!!! I wish I had done it each and every year she was with me. I still have the recipe, but haven’t made it since then.

  3. Paula Hendrickson

    Ask your vet if Bonners might be able to tolerated the treats. Brown rice flour, eggs, pumpkin, a tiny bit of powdered milk and a pinch of sea salt. (We added the parsley flakes, too!)

  4. Nice! What a great idea and its always nice to do stuff for those who REALLY appreciate it! Thanks for the post Paula!

  5. Paula Hendrickson

    Funny thing. My sister-in-law said she was thinking of making homemade doggie treats this weekend, too. But she has a different recipe that includes carob chips. I don’t think she had time to make them, but when she does I may have another recipe to try.

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