CANINE TREAT RECIPES
Gleaned from the Muffin Archives
(1997 - 2003)
compiled by Susan Flewelling
These treats are meant to be suggestions only and should be discussed
with your veterinarian if you have any concerns regarding the ingredients.
They should also be given in moderation and factored into your pet's
daily nutritional requirements and limitations.
If you can add to this with recipes or site links, please contact the Muffin Committee
submitted by Judy Daly, MA
Who can refuse a cookie? These are high in fiber and complex carbohydrates, good for the colon, and provide steady energy. The high iron content build the hemoglobin. And for good measure you have parsley and garlic to purify the system. these oat treats make a great snack for diabetic and anemic animals.
NOTE: This recipe is from "Natural Pet Cures: Dog
& Cat Care the Natural Way" by Dr. John Heinerman (ISBN 0-7352-0036-X,
Prentice Hall Press, 1998 - www.phdirect.com) [for diabetic pets,
omit the honey)
SUSAN'S OATMEAL COOKIES
3 Cups Oatmeal, uncooked
Mix all ingredients together. Spoon onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake 12 to 15 minutes at 350 degrees. Place on a cooling rack. Store in refrigerator for up to 2 months.
From Gina Barnett <barnettg@UCHASTINGS.EDU> of Canine-L:
(Note: Omit the molasses for diabetic treats)
FRED'S SECRET RECIPE
2 cups whole wheat flour (or if you have
a dog allergic to wheat, use spelt, amaranth, garbanzo, or any flour
of your choice)
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Mix dry ingredients. Add oil, egg mixture and molasses. Knead together. Add water or a bit more milk if too dry. Add seed mixture and any optional ingredients. Let dough sit for Â½ hour. Roll out to desired thickness and cut into shapes with cookie cutters. Bake on oiled cookie sheet for approx 30 minutes. To crisp cookies, turn off oven and let cookies sit for at least one hour. For glazed cookies, paint on an egg/milk glaze before baking.
This recipe just contains wheat germ and baby food - with discussions on baby food on the Muffin list in early 1999, thought it might be suitable as an occasional treat. There are lots of other recipes on this Pomeranian page at: http://pages.prodigy.com/pomathon/pomtreat.htm
Dog Cookie Treats--Meat Flavored
Yield: 1 batch
In 1998, Brenda wrote:
I have made Cody's treats out of his dog food. You can
use dry but it is
This treat has met with a great deal of success on Muffin!
While searching through the digests, I came across this recipe posted originally by Paula and Gaia back in 1998:
THE NO BARKING AT THE TABLE BY Wendy Boyd-Smith, pub by Lip Smackers, Inc., PO Box,5385, Culver City, CA 90231-5385; 301-641-0578
One recipe is
COOKIES WITH CHICKEN BROTH
makes: 48-60 cookies
2 cups whole wheat flour
GLAZE: Beat 1 egg; lightly brush on cookies before baking. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, mix dry ingredients and seeds together. Add oil, broth, and egg mixture.. On a lightlyfloured surface, roll out dough 1/4 inch thick. Cut into shapes and brush with glaze. Bake for 25-35 minutes until golden brown. Take out and cool. store in an airtight container.
Milk Bone Dog Biscuits
submitted by: Susan Flewelling
Here's a recipe that I think the DDs could have as a treat - I made it with a 1/4 cup of vegetable oil (all that marg didn't sound good) and garlic powder (not garlic salt) in place of the salt. - and hot water instead of meat juice 'cause we don't have that here. The powdered milk I used was Carnation skim (Come to think of it, maybe I didn't make this recipe at all. <g>)
3/4 C hot water or meat juices
Variation: increase margarine to 1/2 C and add 2 t. sugar
In large bowl pour hot water over margarine. Stir in powdered milk, salt and egg. Add flour, 1/2 C at a time, mixing well after each addition. Knead 3 or 4 times to stiff dough. Pat or roll to 1/2 inch thickness and cut. Bake at 325 degrees F for 50 minutes. Allow to coll and dry out until hard. Makes approximately 1 1/4 pounds. Costs approximately 25 cents per pound.
Baby Food Soft Doggie Cookies
submitted by: Susan Flewelling
Here's another one. I printed out "tons" of recipes some
months ago - just now looking through them but there appear to be
many that the DD can eat safely. As babyfood was discussed some
time back, i'm posting this one. But from time to time, someone
is looking for treat recipes so I'll put these into one file for future
3 - 2 1/2 oz. jars of baby food, either beef or chicken
Combine ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Roll into small balls and place on well-greased cookie shet. Flatten slightly with a fork. Bake in preheated 350 F. oven for 15 minutes or until brown. Cool on wire racks and STORE IN REFRIGERATOR. Also freezes well.
note: Cream of Wheat can be substituted for the wheat germ.
Cookies are soft and chewy.
I got this and other recipes at http://godzilla.eecs.berkeley.edu/recipes/dog/
Healthy Dog Treats
Note from Uta's Mom on Milkbone Super Premium treats for dogs
Shared this before, here it is again. Check out the new
Milkbone Super Premium treats for dogs. High protein, contains 25
essential vitamins and minerals, naturally preserved.No artificial
Web site: www.milkbone.com
St. Nick Snack and Beefy Dog Biscuits
Submitted by: "Phyllis Posey" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Just found these 2 recipes in my Dec. 1998 Country Living
magazine. Don't really see anything in them that would hurt our
dogs. Let me know what yall think.
St. Nick Snack
3 cups whole wheat flour
Mix altogether; Roll out & cut into shape ( I have a little
dog bone cutter) & bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 mins; Doesn't
have to be refrigerated.
Beefy Dog Biscuits
1 cup whole wheat flour
I just made the first recipe & when it cools, I will give Laddie one. I tasted one & kinda bland for me. HA! I'm sure Laddie will like it. Since he usually has his low point of the day around 11am, I give him a little bone to help bring him up a bit. Well, enjoy & let me know if you see anything wrong with these. Not to sure about adding the ground beef, but I might try this recipe anyway.
"Medi-Treats" by Medi-Cal
Note from "Laurie Lanfer" <email@example.com>
Medi-Cal has just introduced a treat that is safe for diabetic cats!! And Roy-Boy really likes them!! (He sticks his paw in the bag and pulls them out one at a time!)
They are called "Medi-Treats", and have only 1.6 calories per kibble. In addition, they are supposed to control tartar and prevent hair balls.
Moisture max. 10%
Our regular vet gave them to us as a present..., and I verified with Roy-Boy's specialist and vet-tech (who orders all the food for the hospital) who said that they were perfectly okay for diabetics (as a treat) as they were not high in calories.
Laurie and Roy-Boy
Suggestion from: Melicia <firstname.lastname@example.org>
If you can't find the Good Boy chocolate drops and they are made of carob, you could always buy carob chips in a health food store and some candy molds. That way you could make them any size you wanted and they do have sugar free carob- just make sure to check the label as it also comes with sugar. When you melt it you will need to add a little corn oil , it doesn't melt quite as easy as chocolate. I make some natural dog cookies and dip them in carob- dogs love them. Just an idea.
Beat the Heat Treats
Suggestions from: Bamandpeb@aol.com
Maybe our cats are strange, but these are their favorite "beat the heat treats".
Morris (dc) loves pineapple. Whenever I cook a Hawaiian Pizza he comes in the kitchen begging for pineapple. (Since he has been diagnosed as being diabetic, we don't let him have very much pineapple.)
Sherlock likes grapes. Two years ago when I was home recovering from surgery my coworkers sent me a fruit basket. Sherlock kept stealing the grape bunches and would run off with them.
BamBam loves ice cubes. He will put his head down and lick ice cubes in a glass of water etc. Also, he dips his paws in the beverage and licks his paws off. So far he likes water, peach flavored ice tea and rootbeer pop.
Slyvester (our cat that died 31/2 years ago) really liked honeydew melons. He would lick the juice off the inside of the rind.
Scooter (our cat that died 3 months after Slyvester) liked corn on the cob. He would steal the corn right off your plate and run off with it between his legs.
Baby Food Dog Cookie Treats - Meat Flavoured
From: Susan Flewelling <email@example.com>
This recipe just contains wheat germ and baby food - with discussions on baby food recently, thought it migh be suitable as an occasional treat. There are lots of other recipes on this Pomeranian page at: http://pages.prodigy.com/pomathon/pomtreat.htm
Dog Cookie Treats--Meat Flavored
from Johanna and Jasper Julep Longtail
I steer clear of all the dog treat stuff because it usually ends up in a case of drinking loads of water and "poopies." I also avoid bready things as they are high in carbos and the result is a flood on my floor in the morning. Carrots are his veggie of choice, though celery is right up there, too. I have found that with the veggies it helps with the old digestive troubles he used to have. I suppose this is the fiber, but am not sure. (Jasper will tell you that _all_ snacks are perfectly acceptable,
From: Carla Stephenson
My sugarbaby, Roger the Bichon and his little friend Oliver, a pom, live for treats. Both have always loved helping me cook cause this means treats and raw veggies are thankfully their first choice. My vet can't believe this but says go for it.
Carrots, bell pepper, green beans, broccoli, the list is long. Some favorites have been cut for Roger - a raw potato man- but Oliver still gets his favorite --watermelon. They do tricks to get these and the veggies are crunchy and seem to satisfy the need for treats.
From: linda m glass <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I don't have a recipe-however I have found some dog biscuits
that are very good. They are called Bark N Fetch Buscuits and
are made by Three Dog Bakery. They have no salt, no sugar,no
chemicals or artificial preservatives. The ingredients are all
natural. For instance the bag Tyler is on now are the Peanut
Butter ones. The only ingredients are whole wheat flour, corn
meal, peanuts and eggs. The other flavors may have natural sugar-ie
the Apple Cinnamin(which smell like a fresh apple
I usually give him one as his midnightish snack or when he's having a not good day(banging into things)and he loves them! You can find them at Petsmart stores or they have a web site that has all the ordering info.
From: Susan Flewelling
I "stole" this from Canine-L for those of you who might want to make a treat for your pups for Christmas - it was posted by Camille Partridge - It looks quite safe as a treat for the DDs. If any of you see something to cause you concern in the ingredients, please jump in and let us know:
If you want a soft chewy cookie that is fairly "meaty", you can
use a can of dog food, a cup of oat or corn meal, a cup of rice or
wheat flour, two eggs as binder, and a tablespoon of garlic powder.
Spread it out on a cookie sheet lined with waxed paper that has been
sprayed with something like Pam, it will be fairly thin. Bake
at 350 for 30-35 minutes, remove, cool and cut into whatever size
piece you want to use. Refridgerate the cookies, or divide into
batches and freeze some portions for later use.
From: Lisa and Kristil Garnet dd.
I also make her baby food chx or turkey, with wheat germ
from health food store and non-fat dry milk all mixed
2 jars baby food chx and turkey has no sugar and only 2 grams
Add everything slowly and one at a time because it is sticky. Trust me, I made the mistake of putting everything in at once and oh boy!!! Trial and error. But that day we had one hell of a bake off afternoon.
From: Will Kamishlian
My vet has suggested that I give carrots or pieces of celery as treats. Sasha, my Lab, seems to prefer baby carrots over manufactured treats. Another alternative my vet suggested is rice cakes cut into pieces.
From: Norma Wayco
We had been making home made cookies (treats) garnered from this
list for our furbabies but recently tried the canned dog food treat
approach. We first heard this idea here and our Vet also highly
endorsed it. We take Eukanuba canned food, put it in refrig.
for a few hours, open it and make small mounds, press with fork and
bake in oven for 1 hour at 350. We get about 25 cookies and
give l/2 of each to each pup. We keep them in freezer only bringing
out a few at a time so they don't go bad. This is soooooo much
easier than making from scratch and our guys like it better than
the p-nut ones we were making from this
From: Nicole (and Tasha, dd dx 09/99)
Here's my recipe for "legal" treats for our furbabies.
If anyone wants to substitute shortening (I use vegetable shortening)
for canola oil or saffower oil, could you please let me know if it
works out. I use a 2 1/2 inch bone shaped cookie cutter for
mine because I have small dogs. The single recipe makes about
5 dozen small cookies about 1 1/2 dozen large cookies (and a few
1 CUP WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR
Combine flours, milk, rolled oats, corn meal, cheese in medium bowl. Cut shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in egg, add broth slowly into mixture stirring with fork to moisten. Form dough into ball and knead on floured board for about 5 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Divide dough into two balls and roll out each inch thick.
Make cut-outs with cookie cutters or make nuggets by rolling dough into 1-inch diameter log: cut off - inch pieces. Arrange shapes on microwave safe plate.
For small cookies - microwave at 50% power (medium) for 3 minutes, turn over, microwave for another 2 minutes (medium) or until firm to the touch (the cookies will sizzle a bit). Be careful, because they can burn easily if cooked too long. (I usually burn a few in the last batch - don't ask me why!) If you feel they are not quite ready, microwave for about 20 seconds longer (at medium) a time until done. The smaller the cookie, the less time they need for cooking - the larger the cookie, the more time you'll need. For larger cookies - about 6 per plate - cook 6-9 minutes at medium, turning over once during cooking. Cool cookies. Cookies will crisp as they cool. Store in airtight jar - they will keep for about a month.
MARCIA'S FAMOUS PUMPKIN MUFFIN RECIPE
From: Marcia Walsh
IN SEPARATE BOWL, MIX TOGETHER"
add wet ingredients to dry, mix together, pour into muffin tins, bake @ 350, 20-25 min***
I used the mini muffin tins, believe that you can buy cups for muffins at grocery store, if you don't have tins, if you use the mini's, decrease the cooking time (well,,duhhh! :-) )
Marcia, & et all
--- Michael Walsh
From: Jackie in California (Max dd and Tori n-dd)
You can buy matching canned food-all the above brands make them, and slice the can into 1/2 inch slices, like corned beef hash, and cut each slice into quarters ans bake at 350 for 6-8 minutes and make treats--I keep mine in a ziplock bag and take a few out
From: Susan Flewelling
You might check to see what's in the starter - I think you can
use plain store bought yoghurt for the starter (make sure it
live culture). Someone suggested putting it in a thermos after
its been well heated with hot water.
for one quart:
Scald (do NOT boil) 4 cups of milk on medium heat until a film forms on top. Remove from the burner and let cool to app. 110 degrees. Pour into a quart jar and add app. 2 Tb. of either yogurt with live cultures or yogurt starter. Then let rest in a warm overn (110-120 degrees) or set up a warm water bath (110 degrees) for 4 - 8 hours. Michelle suggested a warm water bath in a cooler, we did that and it worked great. It will start to thicken but will not completely firm up until it is cooled. Keep in fridge.
Note: You might be able to play around with recipe use artifical sweetener - use the homemade yoghurt - maybe some articifical flavoring without sugar in it - I don't think baby food has sugar in it - has it? Of course, you wn't have frosty paws when you're done but you might have a nice cool treat that will take the place of ice cream.
32 oz. vanilla yogurt
Blend all together and freeze in either 3 oz. paper cups or ice cube trays. Microwave just a few seconds before serving. You can also make this with baby food meat instead of the fruit and peanut butter.
From: Linda Underhill
Hi everyone! I have bought Archway "human sugar free cookies" for a treat for Heidi (dd) and Crosby. You can get peanut Butter, Lemon, oatmeal, also a sugar free wafer in chocolate, vanilla and strawberry. I ask my Vet, he said as long as there is NO SUGAR they should be fine. After they eat there evening meal, a little W/D mixed with Eukaunba Glucose Control, when my husband and I sit down for our meal I will give each one half a cookie, doesn't seem to hurt Heidi at all. The Vet said they probably had better ingredients in them than some dog treats. I also buy Gerber baby food, green beans with turkey, no sugar and no fat, they love them! I find it hard to get dog treats without some form of sugar in them.
Linda, Heidi and Crosby (why not human cookies, we ARE HUMANS!)
From: Linda Underhill
Our K-mart, Wal-mart and Osco Stores also carry Archway
cookies. I forgot that sometimes I also buy the Gerber Baby
From: Shari Burghart
The favorite treat around here is jerky. That's the homemade variety, without all the salt. If you have a dehydrator, great, but I'm sure you could make it in a slow oven - the dehydrator reads 145 . Slice the meat (beef roast or thick round steak or boneless chicken breasts) about 1/8" thick. I usually toss them with a little *low sodium* soy sauce, or garlic powder. Let them dehydrate over night, or all day.
In 2000 Julie Hise had this suggestion for treats:
For treats, Sam gets 1/2
hardboiled egg after each shot and after each meal
To spice up her food, I save the juice(Cooked and seasoned with garlic) from the liver and mix it in the veges.
I just found out that it came from the Dec. 1998 issue of Country Living. It's been so long ago. I have very seldom given Laddie hamburger meat though as it's to fatty. He usually always gets chicken. I have given him lamb before & I have actually given him a tad of round steak but again any of the red meats cause his BG to go higher. The recipes I have used are these:
St. Nick Snack
1 1/2 c whole wheat flour
Mix altogether. Roll dough out & cut into shape ( I
use a doggie bone) &
Beefy Dog Bisquits
1 c whole wheat floour
Mix dry ingredients & add to wet ingredients. Roll
out & cut into shapes &
In Dr. Pitcairns book, he has some recipes as well.
Take a can (or two) of salmon, add an equal amount or more of diced small fresh veggies, (I usually use celery and zucchini, but the sky's the limit, as long as they are diced small enough to cook quickly in the oven), add an egg per can, and enough of any binder you choose to hold it all together....I use bread cubes, and sometimes some uncooked oatmeal, but you can experiment with rice, or flour, depending on what you want to give your dog. I will add ground flax seed also, or wheat germ.
It's kind of like making meat loaf, but the mixture as I make it is usually pretty "goopy" just formed enough by the bread to hold it together into goopy balls...I spoon it onto a baking sheet in balls and bake it, at 350...I haven't timed it, but it usually puffs up into "cookies" within 30 minutes, and you have to watch it, because it will burn if cooked too long.
Once cooked, they freeze well, and can be taken out for treats or addition to a meal...they defrost quickly.
I make Poke's pretty goopy because I give her very little grains in her diet, try to stick to protein and veggies, but depending on your diet for JoJo, you could make them into harder cookies by adding more grains. I also use the same recipe to make a salmon loaf for Poke, which sometimes I use for her major meal.
Linda and Poke