Healthy Dog Treats You Can Find at Home

Healthy dog treats can be hard to find. Many of the all-natural treats available are expensive; conventionally manufactured dog treats may not be healthy. Here are some healthy options for dog treats that you can find at home!

Bones and Meat

You can feed your dog raw bones as a healthy dog treat. Remember never to feed your dog cooked bones, as they may splinter and cause internal bleeding.

You can also feed your dog raw beef, chicken, fish, or other meat as a treat or even as a whole meal. Avoid pork, as it could be contaminated with trichinosis.

Homemade Dog Biscuits

Homemade dog biscuits can be quick and easy to make at home. Here are the things you'll need to make dog biscuits at home:

  • 1 & 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cups instant oats (oatmeal)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 TBSP liver powder
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup of fresh chicken stock or chicken broth
  • cookie cutter

To make these biscuits, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Mix the dry ingredients together. Cut in the butter until the mixture is crumbly and looks like oatmeal. Mix in the egg and chicken broth. Form the dough into a ball and then roll it out 1/4 inch thick. You can cut the treats into fun shapes before pricking them with a fork and cooking them for 25 to 30 minutes until golden brown.

Additional Ingredients

Most vegetables and fruits are safe to add to this recipe. This is a good way to get rid of leftovers and kitchen waste, while giving your dog some extra vitamins. Simply mash up cooked fruits and vegetables and add them to the mix.

When adding mashed fruits and vegetables to this recipe, use a proportionally smaller amount of liquid. The liquid in the fruits and vegetables will take the place of the chicken broth. If you don't substitute in this manner, the biscuits will not bake properly.

A small amount of grated cheese can be sprinkled over the top of these biscuits a few minutes before the cooking time is finished.

Ingredients to Avoid

Do not add chocolate or walnuts to any dog biscuits you make at home. Both of these ingredients are toxic to dogs. Use peanuts, peanut butter, or carob instead.