Healthy treats for our four-legged friends

June 27, 2018

Americans spend millions of dollars every year providing our pets with the highest quality products. I feed ours Purina One. My dogs love the crunch and it keeps their systems regular. My veterinarian sister-in-law swears it’s the best brand dog food.

The most important thing to look for in dry dog food is meat as the number one ingredient rather than wheat or cornmeal. A dog’s diet should contain 60 percent meat, 20 percent vegetables and 20 percent starch.

I have created a healthy, protein-rich, affordable supplement to add to a good quality dry dog food. The meat (a combo of beef and pork) is usually on sale for between $5 or $6 for two pounds. The rest of the ingredients are staples most people have at home.

The recipe yields four pounds of food (or six to eight one-cup bags). My two dogs are each 100 pounds, and this recipe lasts us 12 days.


Puppy Pâté


-2 lbs. ground meat (I use a beef/pork blend)
-4 small potatoes
-2 carrots
-1 c. frozen peas
Optional ingredients:
-¼ c. cooked beets
-¼ c. spinach
-¼ c. cooked broccoli
-¼ c. beet greens

Dice the potatoes and carrots. Boil in large pan until soft. In a separate pan, cook ground meat until done. Add potatoes, carrots, peas, and any optional vegetables. Allow to cool. When room temperature, mix all ingredients in a blender or Cuisinart until smooth. Portion into bags and freeze. Pull one bag out to thaw the night before use.



 Wholesome Dog Biscuits


-2 c. oats
-1 c. wheat flour
-1 c. peanut butter
-1 egg (plus one additional egg yolk)
-4 slices bacon, cooked and chopped (plus a drizzle of
bacon grease)
-½ c. veggie, chicken, or beef broth


Mix all ingredients. Roll out and shape with cookie cutters. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 45 minutes. Store in cabinet for up to a week. Then store in refrigerator.

Cool Summer Doggie Treats


-4 c. yogurt (plain or flavored)
-½ c. creamy peanut butter
-2 T. honey
-1 ripe banana, mashed



Blend all ingredients until smooth. Pour into ice cube or popsicle trays. Freeze until firm and let the dogs enjoy! Also ok for human consumption.

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