Yummy, Healthy Treats for our Furry Friends

We love all of our clients’ pets and we’re proud pet owners, too. Just as we appreciate good, healthy food, so do our furry friends. We have a lot recipes we’ve collected over the years and we’d like to share them with you.

ChooChoo, one of our happy chocolate labs, likes her treats. Her favorite snacks are Sam’s Yams, which are dried, U.S. grown sweet potatoes. These snacks are hard, chewy, extremely nutritious, and 100% sweet potato and great for diet restricted dogs. This is a great balance between yummy and healthy!

First Spring Picnic Treats

When spring comes around and we fire up the grill loaded with juicy cuts of steak and chops, don’t forget about the doggos! ChooChoo and her friends love to play around the yard, but they’ll need a little extra energy and happiness. These crunchy treats are frozen, but quickly melt in a dog’s mouth and gives them a taste of heaven. That’s spring!

ChooChoo’s Crunchy Cold Peanut Butter Cookies

  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour (use another type of flour if your dog is allergic to wheat)
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup fresh peanut butter (with all of the good oil and none of the bad)
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1/4 cup flax seeds, for a glistening coat

Preparation instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F
  2. Mix dry ingredients together well. Mix in the peanut butter and hot water. You may need to add more flour if the dough is too sticky.
  3. Knead the dough well.
  4. Roll out the dough into 1/4″ thickness and cut into dog-paw shapes with dog cookie cutters.
  5. Bake on a lightly greased cookie sheet for 40 minutes. Turn off the oven and let them cool overnight.
  6. Place in large bag and into freezer to make the cookies extra crunchy, just the way your dog likes it!

Frozen Chicken or Veggie Treats

Frozen dog treats are great summer snacks that required very litte work. Frozen Chicken or Vegetable Cupcakes sound complicated, but they are so simple to make. No chickens required, so don’t go chasing a chicken out in the yard just yet! You’ll need chicken or vegetable stock and whatever yummy bits you want to freeze for your dog treat.

Here’s the trick: don’t use an ice cube tray to freeze your treats, use a cupcake tray with liners. When you want to serve them, just pull one out of the freezer and let it thaw a little to release the liner. For little guys, use mini cupcake liners!

What You’ll Need

  • 4 cups of stock, makes 18 mini cupcakes or 10 regular cupcakes
  • 1 cup of finely diced carrots or cooked sweet potatoes
  • Many colorful cupcake liners

Preperation instructions

  • Turn off the oven!
  • Sprinkle the diced veggie bits evenly into the cupcakes
  • Pour stock into liners to about 7/8 full
  • Tip: make sure you don’t over fill the cupcakes, since they will expand during freezing
  • Place into freezer and wait a few hours. That’s it!

You can easily store them a ziplock bag.