I think that all pet owners are pretty fed up with the China Connection as it relates to dog food and treats. When I’m looking for treats for Charlie I spend a ridiculous amount of time reading the labels. I’ve found a couple that I feel are safe to give him, but I could probably make treats for him in the same amount of time I spend reading labels and researching recall lists.
Here are some treat recipes you might like to try. I’m also giving you horse treat recipes, just because I love my minis and they do get treats sometimes as well. They love bran muffins!
3/4 cup hot water or meat broth/stock
1/3 cup margarine
1/2 cup powdered milk
1 egg, beaten
3 cups whole wheat flour
Pour the hot water/broth over the margarine and mix to melt it. Stir in the powdered milk and egg. Add flour, 1/2 cup at a time, mixing well after each addition. Knead 3 to 4 minutes, adding more flour as needed, to make a very stiff dough. Roll to 1/2 inch thickness and cut out with cookie cutters or cut into rectangles sized for your dog. Place on greased baking sheet and bake at 325 for 50 minutes/ Cool and let dry until hard. Yields about 1/4 pound of treats.
PUMPKIN AND PEANUT BUTTER DOG TREATS
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
2 tablespoons peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. Whisk together the flour, eggs, pumpkin, peanut butter, salt, and cinnamon in a bowl. Add water as needed to help make the dough workable, but the dough should be dry and stiff. Roll the dough into a 1/2-inch-thick roll. Cut into 1/2-inch pieces.
3. Bake in preheated oven until hard, about 40 minutes.
Makes about 25 treats.
Wafer ice cream cones
1 shredded apple
1 shredded carrot
1/4 cup horse feed (pellets or whatever you feed)
1 1/2 cups bran
Enough molasses to hold it all together.
Stuff the mixture into the cones.
Or, you can stuff it into cored apples. These treats are sized for full size horses. For minis, they only need about 1/4 of a treat. They’ll tell you they want more, but don’t listen.
You can also modify the dog biscuit recipes for horses. Experiment!