Browsing the treat aisle at the pet store can be fun, but many of the tasty tidbits offered on the shelves come with a big price tag. This doesn’t mean that you should cut treats out of your pet’s routine (of course not!), but there are ways to save on indulging your furry friend.
Many pet parents have discovered that they can easily make pet treats at home. It’s not only a fun activity to do with friends or family (kids love it!), it’s also a way to cut spending. In addition, you’ll know exactly what healthy ingredients are going into the treats, so you can feel good offering your pal a reward when the time is right.
Here are two of our favorite dog-and-cat-friendly recipes from around the web. Check the ingredients to be sure that your pet isn’t allergic to anything, and then head to the kitchen!
Homemade Treats for Cats and Dogs
These treats are so, so easy to make, and they are also wonderfully healthy. The main ingredient -- mackerel -- is packed with fish oil
that supports coat, skin, joint
, and immune system health. Fish oil has also been shown to provide benefits for some more serious health issues, such as cancer
- 1 15-oz can of mackerel
- ½ to 1 cup whole grain flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powderInstructions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees2. Empty the contents of the mackerel can into a mixing bowl, and mash thoroughly3. Add the baking powder and enough flour to make the mixture into a thick dough4. Spread the dough out to about ¼” thickness on a greased baking sheet5. Use a knife or pizza cutter to cut the dough into small squares6. Bake for 30 minutes or until brown7. Allow treats to cool and then break into squares8. Store in airtight container in the fridge for up to a week, or in the freezer for up to 3 monthsRELATED STORY: The Best Dog Treats For Every Occasion
Turkeyballs for Dogs and Cats
by Dr. Karen Becker
These super simple treats are loaded with lean protein, and the added parsley will give your pal a fresh breath. Choose to include cheese or chopped veggies for added taste and nutrition.Ingredients:
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon chopped parsley
- ¼ cup shredded cheese (optional)
- ½ cup chopped veggies (optional; do not use onion or garlic, as they are poisonous to pets)Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees2. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl3. Shape the dough into small, bite-sized balls and place on greased baking sheet4. Bake for 10 minutes or until brown5. Cool and serve, or store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezerRELATED STORY: cat treats for your kitty's every need
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