I have spent a lot of time researching recipes for healthy dog treats. I wasn't able to find many that are really healthy. If you spend any time at all on the internet researching this topic, you
will be overwhelmed by the sheer volume of information. Everybody has
the best dog treats and dog treat recipes. Some of these
might be tasty and smell good to your dog, but are they really good for your domestic carnivore?
Frankly, dogs don't care if dog snacks are healthy, or not. It's all food to them.
Call me crazy, but what would be the point of feeding your dog the best dog food you can afford, and then spoiling that by giving him dog treats that have the potential to cause dog health problems and contain ingredients such as...
Often when we buy dog snacks at the store, we aren't really paying attention to ingredients. We're fooled by packaging and words that promise more than they deliver. Holistic healthy dog treats made from the above ingredients are not healthy or holistic, and it doesn't matter if those same ingredients are organic. Who cares? They're not good for your dog, organic or not!
Dog treats must be considered part of your dog's diet because they are an additional source of food. Mostly, people give dog snacks because it makes them feel good. They're not really considering the
dog, and the possible ill effect all those treats may be having on the health of the
dog. Why do we give dogs treats? Treats for what? Why does the dog need a treat? Have you ever asked yourself that question?
Now, don't get me wrong, I love my dogs too, but what's more important?
The way YOU feel, or the health of your dog? Is it all about YOU, or is
it about doing the right thing for your dog? Dog treats add extra calories to your dog's daily intake, and more often than not, these treats are made with poor ingredients. A double whammy! If you have an overweight dog, or one who is generally unhealthy, you might want to stop for a moment and think about it.
There is very likely a grocery store not too far from your home. At the grocery store you can easily find these perfect healthy dog treat ingredients. These are simply whole foods which are very economical. Even if you are a kibble feeder, you can incorporate some of these healthy dog treats into your dog's daily food intake without fear. They are...
# 1 ~ Chicken gizzards ~ fresh, frozen, dehydrated
Sardines ~ canned or fresh
Chicken hearts ~ fresh, frozen, dehydrated
Beef heart ~ sliced fresh, diced, frozen, dehydrated
Dehydrated chicken gizzards
dehydrated chicken hearts
Beef tongue ~ sliced fresh, diced, frozen, dehydrated
If you are lucky enough to own a high quality food dehydrator such as the Excalibur 9 Tray Dehydrator with Timer like I do, the sky's the limit. Think of all the healthy, delicious and nutritious dehydrated food you can make for yourself, as well as doggie treats for your beloved dog.
Using meat, and especially organs meats easily found at the grocery store, you can provide your dog with healthy snacks, that are nutrient rich and carnivore specific. Dehydrated meats and organ meats have a great crunch too. Dogs love the crunch, and it's good for teeth too.
This is the best dog treat recipe I've made. The ingredients are inexpensive and the result is a tasty and healthful dog biscuit. So get into the kitchen and get started. This recipe will take bit of time but is, oh so worth it.
You can use any ground meats you choose, as sources of protein. Keep in mind though, that beef, lamb and pork, tend to be higher in fat. If your dog needs to loose some weight, chicken or turkey might be better choices. My dogs tend to go crazy when I use lamb for this recipe. Lamb however, smells very strong when cooking. Your dogs will love you, but others might not. Lamb is also quite high in fat.
If you just can't help yourself and love to bake dog treats, here's where you can get Teddy's Favourite Dog Treat Recipe and more
Delicious Dog Biscuit Recipes From the Healthy Hound
Remember, treats should be treats. They should be given on special occasions only, and not all the time as a matter of habit. Give them infrequently and only when your dog has been very, very good. These are only a few of the great healthy dog treats you can prepare at home... and they are real food, remember that!
Enjoy! Bon Appetit!