Peanut Butter Dog Biscuit Treats

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Halloween is the season of treats! If you want to help keep your pup out of the candy bowl try making some special treats just for him. Here is a great recipe for home made peanut butter dog biscuits. These are easy to make, delicious and nutritious….but don’t tell him that part.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup honey (go local!)
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats (not instant)
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 4 squares white almond bark
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Line a baking pan with parchment paper.
  3. In a bowl combine all your ingredients. You can mix this by hand but a stand mixer is easier. Beat until it forms a stiff dough.
  4. Roll or use your hands to flatten your dough out into a rectangle about one inch thick.
  5. Chose your favorite cookie cutter, we like a bone-shaped cutter, and cut out your cookies. Keep flattening the dough so you can use all of it.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes and then flip all the cookies, then bake for another 15 minutes
  7. Take them out of the oven, they should be a nice golden brown, and transfer them to a wire rack to completely cool.
  8. While the cookies are cooling, microwave the almond bark. Make sure to stir every 30 seconds. You can also melt it in a double boiler.
  9. Once the almond bark is melted and smooth dip half of the cooking to it and lay it on parchment paper.
  10. Sprinkle your dipped bones with sprinkles and let cool. Make sure to decorate before the dip has a chance to dry.
  11. You can store this in an airtight container for up to two weeks or freeze for 3 months.

This is a super simple recipe that we know you will love. For added fun you can put some natural food coloring into the almond bark. Maybe make it orange and use black sprinkles. Oooh, how spooky!

A Christmas Meal for Your Dog

turkey dog food recipe

turkey dog food recipeYou are probably in the thick of planning your Christmas dinner, whether it is turkey or enchiladas, but have you thought about planning one for your dog too? Sharing your meal with your dog is not a good idea, there are often a lot of foods that can make your dog sick.

Don’t risk making your dog sick on Christmas, and just make them a yummy meal just for her. This recipe can be made as your are cooking your dinner or with leftovers.

A good portion is 3/4 cup for small dogs; 1 1/5 cups for medium dogs; 3 cups for larger dogs. Ask your Vetco Vet about the right portion size for your dog.  This recipe will make about 9 cups of food.

Ingredients

  • 3 lb skinless turkey pieces (light and dark meats are both ok, but not bones.)
  • 1 cup cooked oatmeal
  • 1 lb cubed sweet potato, this is typically 2 sweet potatoes
  • 2 tbsp cranberry sauce. We recommend using the home made sauce and make sure it has no alcohol in it.
  • 4 tbsp turkey gravy (you can substitute olive oil) Make sure the gravy does not contain onions.

Directions

Use turkey leftovers or roast the turkey:

    • Dice the cooked turkey into bite size pieces.
    • Roast or boil your sweet potatoes. Roasting at 400 F for 45 minutes or boil for 20 minutes.  You can dice them before or after cooking. If cooking a whole sweet potato, it may take longer.
    • Cook the oatmeal according to package instructions. Regular oatmeal is better than instant and takes about 10-20 minutes depending on the kind of oats you purchased.
    • Mix together the turkey meat, oatmeal, sweet potatoes, and cranberry sauce. If using gravy or oil, add it now and mix thoroughly.

If your dog is at all prone to pancreatitis or other fat-related upsets, do not use the gravy and consult your vet to make sure that the olive oil is ok.

Once all mixed together you will have a yummy meal for your dog, you can even share it with her if you want but she may want to keep it all to herself.

A Treat (That’s not Candy) for Your Dog

no bake dog treats

Halloween was AMAZING! …even if it was a bit cold this year. Now you have all this left over candy but no matter how much your dog begs you cannot share it with him. Instead of being tempted to share your candy, why don’t you make some special treats to give hime so you and your dog can have treats.

no bake dog treatsHere is a great recipe that doesn’t require any baking and your pup will LOVE it!

We got the recipe from the blog, Pretty Fluffy, which has a lot of great recipes for your pups.

This recipe for peanut butter balls has only 3 ingredients and takes less than 15 minutes to make.

Ingredients

1/2 Cup Plain Organic Yogurt
1 Cup Natural Peanut Butter
3 Cups Rolled Oats

Directions:

1. Mix the yogurt and peanut butter together in a bowl with a wooden spoon, until it forms a paste. You can also use a mixer on medium to low speed.. If you got natural peanut butter, remember to mix it up before adding it to the yogurt. You want to make sure all the oils are mixed in.

2. Mix in the oats 1/2 cup at a time and make sure they are fully mixed in.

3. Use a spoon to scoop out 1-2 tablespoon size pieces and roll them into balls about 1 inch in diameter. Pro tip: Smaller balls are better as treats.

4. Line a tray with parchment paper

5. Place the balls on the lined tray

6. Chill for an hour before serving.

This recipe should make 25-30 treats and can last up to 10 days in the fridge. We don’t recommend freezing them as peanut butter does not freeze will and they will likely get dry and crumbly. By the way, you can eat these too! If your hands get too sticky when rolling the balls you can add a tiny bit of flower to your hand to help keep it dry. We also recommend washing your hands when they get too much peanut butter build up on your palm. Frequent washing will make rolling the balls easier. If they balls are too mushy and not rolling well, put them back in the fridge to chill. The firmer the dough, the easier it is to roll the balls. If the balls are too cold to roll, let the dough sit and warm up, or warm up the ball in your hand before rolling it. Your body heat will often heat it up enough to roll.

This is a great treat to share with your dog. Not only does it taste good, but is good for them too. Always speak with your Albuquerque vet about any dietary changes. If you have never given your dog peanut butter before, check with your vet first to make sure it is ok. Some dogs have dietary restrictions due to health issues. If your dog is on a diet, speak to your vet about substitutes for peanut butter that you could use.