With Halloween right around the corner, we don’t want your furry friends to feel left out! Here are some recipes to make special treats that are safe and healthy for you AND your pet (if you dare!)
**Treats are tested and approved by Dr. Klabunde and the 7&4 Morning News Crew**
Homemade “Spooky Good” Cheesy Treats For Dogs
- 1 (8oz) bag grated cheddar cheese (2 cups)
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup oil
- 1/2 cup milk
Optional: orange food coloring if your wanting to make them ghostly good!
- Place Cheddar and flour into medium mixing bowl. Blend with a whisk.
- Add oil and milk (also, food coloring if you choose). Mix together.
- Place dough onto waxed paper and knead for 1 minute.
- Roll 1/4″ thick. Cut with cookie cutters (try some fun Halloween shapes!)
- Place on sprayed baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.
**This makes 24-30 treats**
Homemade Tuna or Chicken “Boo Biscuits” for Cats
- 1 (6oz.) can of tuna or (50z.) can of undrained chicken
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 egg
- Place all ingredients in medium mixing bowl. Mix well. Finish mixing with your hands. Dough will be sticky.
- Shape into balls smaller than a marble.
- Place on sprayed baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
- Store in freezer bag in freezer for up to 30 days. Thaw a few at a time and serve.
Makes 80-100 treats.
Homemade Treats For Prescription Diets/Food Allergy Dogs
If you are using canned product, cut up some bite-sized pieces and bake in your microwave for approximately two and a half to three minutes. For a conventional oven, bake at 350 degrees for approximately thirty minutes or until desired texture.
If you are feeding the dry form, grind the kibbles into a flour type consistency using a blender and mix with enough water to form dough. Shape into “cookies” and bake them on a cookie sheet in the oven for approximately thirty minutes at 350 degrees or until crispy.
Oregano may be added to enhance the palatability. All homemade treats need to be stored in the refrigerator no longer than five to seven days to maintain freshness and prevent spoilage.
As you know, it is very important for your pets to stay strictly on the prescribed food and this will allow them to feel special and spoiled.
These homemade treats should not exceed 10% of your pets’ total daily intake, as baking the treats does alter the nutritional characteristics of the food.
Cowgirl Lucy and Cowboy Trigger wish you and both your fur and human family a Happy Halloween!