RECIPE: Fruit and Veggie Strips

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dog treat recipeLooking for a healthy snack for your dog that isn’t a biscuit? Try these great fruit and veggie strips. Some people like them because they are vegetarian. Your dog will like them because they are delicious and easy to digest.

If you are making your own home made dog food, make sure you check with your vet during your annual exam about your dogs individual nutritional needs. Some medical conditions require specific diets. We also do not recommend putting your dog on a vegetarian diet. Though fruits and vegetables are good for your dog, they also need meat.

Fruit and Veggie Strip Recipe for Dogs


Sweet Potato (cubed)– 1

1 medium Banana

Carrots (Minced) – 1 cup

Unsweetened Apple Sauce – ½ cup

Wheat Flour  – 2 cups

Rolled Oats – 1 cup

Water – 1/3 cup



Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Bring a pot of water to boil. Add the potatoes and boil for 8-10 minutes until they are soft. You will need to do the same thing with the carrots, so they are soft.

Put the sweet potatoes and bananas into a bowl and smash them together. Add the carrots, flour and oats and mix. Then add the apple sauce and water slowly and mix thoroughly. Make the mixture into a dough.

Cover a flat surface with flour, and roll the dough to about 1/8 th inch thick. Using a regular knife, cut the dough into strips and lay them on a baking sheet. Bake for up to 30 minutes, basically until they are thoroughly cooked through and a bit rubbery.

Let them cool before serving. You can store these in your fridge for up to 2 weeks.


RECIPE: Peanut Butter Cookies for Dogs

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dog treat recipeI love peanut butter cookies. They remind me of being a kid, especially when they are all warm and squishy. Did you know that dogs also love peanut butter? The do! You can make an easy and healthy peanut butter cookie treat for your dog, and who knows, you might like it as well.

Peanut butter has good protein and fats which makes this a sweet and healthy treat. However, too much peanut butter can make your dog’s stomach upset. So only give him one cookie at a time.

Remember to always consult with your Albuquerque vet on the proper diet for you dog during their annual checkup.

Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe for Dogs


Whole Wheat Flour (or coconut flour)– 2½ cups

Baking Powder – 1 teaspoon

Peanut Butter (we prefer natural but any kind will do. You can also substitute almond butter, sunflower butter, cashew butter)– 1 cup

Water – 1 cup

Honey (Go local! Local honey will give your dog natural immunities to local allergens as well.)– 2 tablespoon

Egg – 1


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Mix the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder).

Add the egg and mix in with the dry ingredients.

Add the peanut butter, water and honey to the egg and dry ingredient mixture and stir until well blended. Your dough should be firm but sticky. Sometimes you have to use your bare hands to mix up the batter, but don’t be afraid to dig in there. Plus you can lick your fingers afterwards.

Flour a flat surface and roll our the dough until it is about 1/2 inch thick. Using a cookie cutter of your preferred shape, we like the shape of a dog, cut out your cookies. Remember these will expand and rise, so don’t go for anything too intricate or you might have a Pinterest fail image by accident.

Bake them for 20 minutes or until they are a golden brown color.

Store them in an air tight container and give them as a treat. You can also freeze the dough if you made too much, and use it for later.

Bon appetite!

Top 8 Foods that are Healthy for Your Dog

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homemade dog food recipe albuquerqueWe always talk about what is toxic to dogs, but what about foods that are really good for them? Here is a list of food that is great to add to your dog food to promote good health.

  1. Eggs: Adding eggs into your dog food is a great way to add more protein. Typically 1 egg will replace 1/5 cup of dry dog food. You can add the eggs raw, but we typically recommend scrambling them. Your dog will love it either way.
  2. Hearts and Gizzards: Stop throwing away that organ bag when you cook a whole chicken. Those hearts and gizzards are great for your pup. Just boil them for 15 minutes and then you can cut up the meat and mix it right in, or pour the liquid over their food like a gravy. You can substitute gizzards and heart with dog food in equal measure.
  3. Fish: So long and thanks for all the fish…Fish is a great source for omega-3’s which is good for your dogs coat, brain, guts, heart, and joints. With fish, make sure you buy high quality and then you can cut it up and give it to them raw. Make sure your fish is properly de-boned as those little bones are easily chocked on.
  4. Squash: Pumpkin and butternut squash are great for dogs and they taste super yummy so it is a nice little treat for them. It gives them some good fiber, potassium, and beta-carotene. Typically do 1 tablespoon per 10 pounds of body weight and just mix in cooked pumpkin or butternut squash into their food.
  5. Yogurt: There are so many good probiotics in yogurt. It is not just good for your belly but good for theirs too. Greek yogurt is the best, but any plain yogurt will do. Just add 1/2 a teaspoon per 10lbs of body weight for a nice treat for your dog.
  6. Spinach and Kale: These greens are super foods for a reason. They are cancer fighting and great for getting things moving in the digestive tract. We recommend chopping up your spinach or kale leaves, which will make it easier to eat. You can feed it to them raw or cooked. A great way to cook it is to steam it and mix it in with your turkey and rice home made dog food.
  7. Blueberries are a antioxidant laden treat. You can add a few to their food or just give them as little treats. Your dog doesn’t need to many and if he eats too many might get the runs. So start of with 2-4 and see how he reacts.
  8. Carrots are another great treat. Your dog will eat them raw. Instead of giving them a dog biscuit, try tossing them a baby carrot.
We have a lot of great dog food recipes which use healthy food that is great for your dog.
If you have any questions about what foods are safe to give your dog, make sure you speak with your Albuquerque Vetco vet.