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  • Writer's pictureElise Wong Huey Wen

How to Make Healthy Dog Treats at Home!

As a dog owner, you want to give your furkids 🐶 the best possible care, including providing them with healthy and nutritious food. However, it can be challenging to find affordable and healthy treats that your dog will enjoy.

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That is why making your own dog treats at home can be a great alternative! Not only can you control the quality of the ingredients, but it is also a fun way to bond with your dog. 🥹💛

Here is a guide on how to make healthy dog treats at home:

1. Choose healthy ingredients

When making dog treats at home, it is important to choose ingredients that are healthy for your dog. Avoid ingredients that are high in fat, sugar, or salt as they can lead to health problems such as obesity or diabetes. Instead, opt for ingredients that are high in protein, vitamins, and minerals.

Some examples of healthy ingredients for dog treats include:

  • Peanut butter (❗️Make sure it does not contain xylitol as it is toxic to dogs)

  • Pumpkin

  • Carrots

  • Blueberries

  • Sweet potatoes

  • Oatmeal

  • Salmon

2. Follow a recipe

There are many dog treat recipes available online, so it is important to choose one that is suitable for your dog’s dietary needs. For example, if your dog has a sensitive stomach, look for recipes that use simple ingredients and avoid grains or dairy. It is also a good idea to check with a veterinarian or a canine nutritionist before introducing new treats into your dog’s diet.

3. Use quality ingredients

When making dog treats at home, it is important to use quality ingredients to ensure that they are healthy and safe for your dog. Choose organic or non-GMO ingredients whenever possible, and avoid ingredients that are past their expiration date. You can find high-quality ingredients at your local pet store or health food store.

4. Keep it simple

When it comes to making dog treats at home, simple is often better. Stick to recipes that use just a few ingredients and avoid adding too many spices or flavourings. In fact, dogs have sensitive stomachs and too many ingredients can upset their digestion.

5. Bake and store

Once you have prepared the dough for your dog treats, it is time to bake them in the oven! 👩🏻‍🍳 Follow the recipe’s instructions for baking time and temperature and check on the treats regularly to avoid over-baking.

Once they are done, let them cool completely before serving them to your dog. You can store the treats in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week, or in the fridge for up to two weeks.

Overall, making healthy dog treats at home is a great way to ensure that your dog is getting the best possible nutrition. 😍 By choosing healthy ingredients, following a recipe, using quality ingredients, keeping it simple, and baking and storing the treats properly, you can provide your furbaby with a tasty and healthy snack that they absolutely love! 🫶🏻

This article is checked by Cert CN/FN (@shortnswitch).

When preparing delicious dog treats for your doggo, it is also important to take note of the foods that they can or cannot consume! To help you with that, we have two helpful articles for you to read, and they are 10 Things Not to Feed Your Dog and 8 Human Foods that are Good for Dogs.

As usual, don’t be hesitant to send us a message on our Instagram or at our email if you have any awesome recipes that you think we should know about!

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