The human mind can produce over 70,000 thoughts in one day. What should I wear? Did I pay that bill? Did I just run that stoplight? In the midst of all of these thoughts, what we feed our pets may sometimes slip our minds. We worry about how many calories we eat and if foods are organic, but when was the last time we thought about what we feed our pets?

Making pet treats at home is a good way to spend time doing something good for you and your pet. You can have peace of mind that you know every ingredient put into the treat, and your pet can enjoy every last bite of a goodie made from scratch at home.

5 Reasons to Make Pet Treats at Home:

1. Good For Your Wallet - Most pet treats are made from ingredients readily available at home. Also, batters and dough can be stored for future use and multiple batches can be made.

2. Heatlhy for Your Pets- Pets need someone to think about their food intake just like children need it. Knowing what is inside of your pet's food is imperative to your pet's health.

3. Makes an Affordable Gift - Maybe you can't shell out a bottle of wine for every house party you go to, so next time bring a great, healthy snack for your friend's dogs instead.

4. Saves Trips to the Store- Making treats at home will save time and money. Maybe you and your pet can spend that extra time playing fetch instead.

5. Your Pet Will Appreciate It - They may not be able to understand why you are in the kitchen covered in flour, but they will understand when you give them a treat made from the heart inside your own home.

5 Easy Recipes We're Sure Your Pet Will Enjoy

Sam's Simple Dog Biscuit | Turkey Treats for Dogs | Pup-tastic Peanut Butter Cookies
Kitty Catnip Cookies | Tuna Treats for Cats

Sam's Simple Dog Biscuit Recipe
From: http://www.healthyrecipesforpets.com/dog_treats/Dog_Biscuits_5.html

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup white flour
  • 1/2 cup powdered milk
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons shortening
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 egg -- slightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup cold water

Preparation & Cooking
Stir dry ingredients well and add the shortening. Stir egg and brown sugar into the flour mixture. Blend in water. Knead dough 10 to 12 times. If the dough begins to stick, flour the surface. If you'd like to use cookie cutter, roll dough out to approximately 3/8 inches.
Bake at 325 degrees for 30 minutes or until dough is firm to the touch.
Makes about 40.


Turkey Treats for Dogs
From: http://www.healthyrecipesforpets.com/dog_treats/Turkey_Treats.html

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups cooked turkey -- cut up
  • 4 teaspoons grated cheese
  • 1 tablespoon parsley -- freshly chopped
  • 2 egg
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 tablespoons brewer's yeast
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Preparation & Cooking
Combine turkey, cheese, parsley and mix well. Beat the eggs in a bowl and pour over turkey mixture. Add the flour, yeast and oil. Stir until thoroughly mixed and all ingredients are coated. Drop into small lumps onto ungreased cookie sheet.
Cook in a 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes, until brown and firm.
Store in refrigerator.


Pup-tastic Peanut Butter Cookies
From: http://www.healthyrecipesforpets.com/dog_treats/Peanut_Butter_Cookies.html

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup wheat germ
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Preparation & Cooking

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Combine flour wheat germ and salt in large bowl then mix in peanut butter, egg oil and water. Roll dough out onto a lightly floured surface till about 1/2 inch thick, then cut out the biscuits using a cookie cutter -- (or make squares). Put the biscuits onto an ungreased baking sheet.
Bake 15 mins for the smaller sized cookies and up to 35 mins. for larger shaped ones.

Store in the fridge.


Kitty Catnip Cookies
From: http://www.healthyrecipesforpets.com/cat_treats/kitty_catnip_cookies.html

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 2 tablespoons wheat germ
  • 1/4 cup soy flour
  • 1/3 cup confectioners' milk
  • 1 tablespoon kelp
  • 1/2 teaspoon bonemeal
  • 1 teaspoon of crushed dried catnip leaves such as Krazy Kitty Catnip
  • 1 tablespoon unsulfured molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons oil, butter or fat
  • 1/3 cup milk or water

Preparation & Cooking
Mix the dry ingredients together. Add the molasses, egg, oil, butter or fat and milk or water. Roll out flat on an oiled cookie sheet and cut into narrow strips or ribbons.
Bake at 350°F for 20 minutes or until lightly toasted.

Break into pea-size pieces, suitable for cats. Good for treats, exercising gums and cleaning teeth, but too low in protein to use for regular fare.


Tuna Treats for Cats
From: http://www.healthyrecipesforpets.com/cat_treats/tuna_treats.html

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup nonfat, dry, powdered milk
  • 1/2 can tuna, in oil OR 1/2 cup cooked chicken, chopped into small pieces
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil OR cod liver oil
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Catnip (Optional)

Preparation & Cooking
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease cookie sheets with cooking spray.
In a large bowl, mash the tuna(or chicken)into smaller pieces. Then add flour and milk. Mix well. After all is mixed pour in water and oil. Mix well again. Now, beat egg in a separate dish until egg gets a foamy texture. Add to mix. Mix well. The dough mix will be sticky, so don't worry. Using your fingers shape dough into small bite size balls, about the size of a marble. Put balls on greased cookie sheets. Flatten.

Bake for 10 minutes. Remove treats from oven wait five minutes and turn treats over so other side will cook. Bake 10 more minutes or until golden brown in color. Place treats on cookie rack to cool. Cool for 15 minutes.