With so many store bought treats causing our dogs to become ill due to contaminants such as Salmonella, E Coli, Botulism poisoning, Listeria, and mold, why not just make your own yummy treats for your fur friend? Not only is it an enjoyable experience, but you will undoubtedly have peace of mind knowing the ingredients going into the treats rather than not knowing at all.
That sounds great! But where do you find healthy recipes for homemade dog treats? There's no shortage of them. In fact, one Google search for "Healthy homemade dog treats", and you could get lost in pages of recipes for hours. You just have to pick the appropriate recipe for your dog. For instance, if your dog has a peanut butter allergy, then you would select a recipe that does not include peanut butter. Likewise, if your dog is overweight, then you would want to select a low-calorie recipe. The bottom line is to know your dog and select a recipe that will meet his needs.
Here at Woody's Place Senior German Shepherd Sanctuary, we like to use a couple of different diet appropriate recipes, but the resident dogs have a unanimous favorite, and that would be our homemade "Frosty Paws" treats.
Homemade Frosty Paw treats are super easy to make, and the ingredients are limited....like only three. Plus, we usually have them on hand, so it's no problem making them on the fly.
Ready for it?? =>=> The ingredients for homemade Frosty Paws are=> => =>
1 32oz. of plain or vanilla yogurt
1 jar of baby food
2 tbsp. of peanut butter
That's it! But you can mix it up a bit, by changing or omitting some of the ingredients. An example would be to leave out the jar of baby food and add a banana instead. Or instead of peanut butter, add pumpkin to the recipe. So long as the base is yogurt, you can tweak this recipe a bit.
Here's how you make it. => => => Mix all the ingredients together with a mixer, spoon, or even in a blender. Once the ingredients are mixed well, you can either spoon the mixture into your chosen container or put the mixture in a big food storage bag and snip off a bottom corner to pipe the mixture into the containers. If you are using a blender, you can pour directly from the blender.
We use the food storage bag method, and we pour the mixture into our XL Dog Paw and Bone Silicone Molds, but you can keep it simple by using any small container, such as little store bought plastic containers with lids.
Once the mixture is poured into the molds they get covered with plastic wrap and placed in the freezer until the mixture is frozen.
To see just how we do it, click on the video below.
Once the mixture is frozen you can just pop out a homemade Frosty Paws treat and give it to your fur friend to enjoy.
Check out our taste tester, Jared. He LoVeS them!
Using all human-grade, cost-effective ingredients, you can feel confident knowing that your fur friend will have a healthy, tasty treat to help keep him cool in the warmer weather, or like the Woody's Place gang, enjoy it even if there's a foot of snow outside.
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