Make healthy dog treat recipes!
If you like to give your dog treats, why not make ones that are goodfor your dog’s health?
Below are some ideas for frozen and peanut butter treats. Just mix and match ingredients such as vegetable and fruit juices, dairy items, or meat broths.
Also check out this easy recipe sent us by Mia of New York Citycalled Frozen Peanut Butter Balls.
Please exercise caution when feeding treats. Here’s our advice.
Frozen dog treats are easy to mold in an ice cube tray! For smaller pieces that are easier to break, freeze in thinner layers.
Frozen Dog Treats
These are refreshing on a hot summer day. For molds use:
- Ice cube trays.
- Popsicle molds
- Mini muffin or cupcake tins
Simply fill the molds with different ingredients and freeze them. If you want faster results or are freezing items for small dogs, only fill the molds a quarter to one third of the way.
You may need to crush the cubes before feeding to your dog – do monitor to make sure your dog isn’t choking on the ice blocks.
(To crush cubes, use a food processor or manually crush with a hammer or other heavy implement. In the latter case, use a sturdy plastic bag or wax paper bag from an empty cereal box to contain the ice chips.)
- Low sodium chicken or beef bouillon
- Vegetable stock
- Vegetable soup (without onions and garlic*)
- Water left over from steaming vegetables with some spices added (except for onion and garlic*)
- Juices from cooked meats
- 100% natural fruit juices such as apple, berry, coconut water, guava, kiwi, mango, orange, or combinations of these.
- Add texture with unsweetened grated coconut, grated nuts (except macadamia*), mashed banana, coarsely grated apple.
* See Dangerous Foods for Dogs
Start with plain yogurt or cottage cheese – low fat preferred
For flavoring add:
- Fruit juice or mashed fruit
- Bouillon powder
- Mashed meats
- Grated cheeses
Mashed or grated vegetables can also be turned into healthy dog treats.
Cooked veggies can include:
- Spinach, kale, chard
- Broccoli, cauliflower
- Green beans
Peanut Butter Dog Treats
We recommend organic, unsalted, unsweetened peanut butter – or simply get some raw peanuts and grind them. Pure almond buttercan be used instead.
|Serve on breads, crackersAdd to small squares of whole grain breads, or healthy wafers and crackers.||Mix with other healthy foodsAny of the items described above can have a little peanut butter in the mix, including the meats.|
Mia’s Frozen Peanut Butter Balls
You will need:
1 slice of bread and peanut butter
- Take the slice of bread and spread the peanut butter on top.
- Cut it into 4 equal segments (or more pieces if you want smaller balls)
- Roll the pieces of bread into a ball
- Leave them in the freezer for 30 minutes and – voila! – the perfect treats for your dog!
More Healthy Dog Treat Recipes
For more of these recipes, please see natural dog biscuits and no bake healthy homemade dog treats.
How to Safely Feed Foods from Healthy Dog Treat Recipes
- Smaller dog breeds may have trouble with foods that aren’t a problem for larger dogs. For example, one visitor wrote that her 20 lb dog sustained a partial bowel blockage from eating popcorn, something which never fazed our big dogs.
- Fatty foods can also cause problems, sometimes as severe as pancreatitis.
- Feed a tiny amount if your dog hasn’t had that type of treat before and watch to make sure there are no adverse reactions such as vomiting, abdominal discomfort, itching or diarrhea.
- If you’re in doubt, leave an ingredient out.
- Remember treats are supposed to be given sparingly – too many dogs are obese because their owners fail to regulate how many calories their dog eats.