Making homemade dog treats allows you to cater to your dog’s tastes as well as provide him with preservative-free snacks. By making your own treats, you control what ingredients go in, creating a way to avoid foods that may cause allergies for your dog. With the key ingredients of applesauce and oatmeal, you create a sweet and healthy treat.
Apples are a great source of vitamin C, vitamin K and calcium for your dog. Served alone, they make a crunchy treat. However, serve apples with caution as the seeds and stems contain cyanide. When turned into applesauce, apples provide the same nutritional benefits and make a suitable wet ingredient for a variety of baked dog treats. Make sure to use the unsweetened applesauce, as your dog does not need the added sugar. If you have apples at home and not applesauce, cut and peel four good-sized apples. Place them in a pot with 1/4 cup water and cook on medium heat for about 20 minutes or until soft. Mash the apples or place in a blender. Allow your homemade applesauce to cool.
Old-fashioned oatmeal -- not the instant kind -- provides a source of fiber for your dog. This grain is a great alternative for dogs with wheat allergies. If you have a favorite dog treat recipe that calls for wheat flour but your dog is allergic, substitute oatmeal.
This basic applesauce and oatmeal dog treat recipe calls for only four ingredients but makes a treat your dog is sure to love. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour, 1/2 cup oatmeal, 1/2 cup applesauce and an egg. After mixing the ingredients thoroughly, drop tablespoons of dough onto a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake for 18 to 25 minutes. The edges should be lightly brown. Cool and store in an airtight container for up to one week. Freeze remaining treats and thaw for about 30 minutes before serving. If your dog has wheat allergies, substitute rice flour in this recipe.
Before adding new treats to your dog’s diet, consult a veterinarian or canine nutritionist. While these are healthy treats, serve them in moderation, as they add calories to your dog’s diet. When making your own treats, play around with flavors and see what your dog likes. Try adding grated cheese, cinnamon or shredded carrots for added flavor and a change.
- Barry Austin Photography/Stockbyte/Getty Images