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Healthy dog ​​biscuit recipes

Nutritional value per cookie (basic recipe):

  • Calories: 30 kcal
  • Proteins: 1.5g
  • Carbohydrates: 5 g
  • Fats: 0.5g
  • Fiber: 0.5g

Difficulty Level: Easy

Servings: 30 cookies (depending on size)

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 20-25 minutes

Total time: 30-35 minutes

Your dog is your faithful companion and deserves the very best. That also means healthy and nutritious treats. That is why in this article we are going to talk about recipes for healthy dog ​​biscuits. We'll discuss the importance of healthy dog ​​treats, ingredients to avoid and use, basic recipes and variations, and tips for baking and storing the treats. Let's start!

Importance of healthy dog ​​biscuits

Good nutrition

A healthy diet is essential for your dog's well-being. Good nutrition helps your dog develop a strong immune system, maintain a healthy weight and have a shiny coat. Healthy dog ​​biscuits complement a balanced diet and provide extra nutrients and energy.

Allergies and intolerances

Some dogs have allergies or intolerances to certain ingredients, such as grains or certain proteins. Healthy dog ​​biscuits are made from natural ingredients and can be customized to meet your dog's nutritional needs.

Ingredients to avoid

When making healthy dog ​​treats, there are some ingredients to avoid. These ingredients can be harmful to your dog or cause allergic reactions:

  • Chocolate: contains theobromine, which is toxic to dogs.
  • Xylitol: An artificial sweetener that is toxic to dogs and can lead to hypoglycemia and liver failure.
  • Grapes and raisins: can cause kidney failure in dogs.
  • Onions and garlic: can lead to anemia in dogs.
  • Macadamia nuts: can cause muscle weakness, vomiting and hyperthermia in dogs.

Ingredients to use

There are many healthy and nutritious ingredients you can use in homemade dog treats:

  • Wholemeal flour or gluten-free flour (e.g. coconut flour or almond flour) for dogs with gluten intolerance
  • Eggs: a good source of proteins and fats.
  • Peanut butter (with no added sugars or xylitol): a good source of protein and healthy fats.
  • Vegetables and fruits, such as pumpkin, carrots, apples or bananas: rich in vitamins and minerals.
  • Oatmeal: an excellent source of fiber and slow carbohydrates.

Basic recipe for dog biscuits

For this basic recipe you will need:

  • 250 grams wholemeal flour (or a gluten-free variant)
  • 1 egg
  • 60 ml of water
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil

Mix all ingredients in a bowl until a dough forms. Roll out the dough on a floured work surface to a thickness of about 0.5 cm. Cut the dough into the desired shapes with a cookie cutter and place the cookies on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Bake the biscuits in a preheated oven at 180°C for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy. Let them cool before giving them to your dog.

Variations on the basic recipe

Dog biscuits with peanut butter

Add 2 tablespoons of peanut butter (with no added sugar or xylitol) to the basic recipe and mix well.

Dog biscuits with pumpkin

Add 120 grams of pureed pumpkin (no added sugar) and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon to the basic recipe and mix well.

Dog biscuits with apple and oatmeal

Replace 125 grams of the flour in the basic recipe with oatmeal and add 1 grated apple. Mix well.

Grain-free dog biscuits

Replace the wholemeal flour in the basic recipe with 250 grams of coconut flour or almond flour and add some extra water if necessary to make the dough supple.

Baking and storage tips

  • Make sure your oven is properly preheated before baking the dog biscuits.

  • Keep an eye on the cookies as they bake to prevent them from burning.

  • Let the biscuits cool completely before giving them to your dog or storing them.

  • Store the dog treats in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. They will keep for about 1-2 weeks.

  • You can also make larger batches of cookies and freeze them. Let the biscuits thaw before giving them to your dog.

Closing thoughts

Making healthy dog ​​biscuits for your four-legged friend is a fun and easy way to provide nutritious treats. By making homemade dog treats, you know exactly what ingredients are in them and you can tailor them to your dog's specific nutritional needs. Plus, your dog will love the taste of these fresh, homemade treats!

FAQs

Question 1: Can I feed my dog ​​homemade dog biscuits every day?

A: Yes, you can feed your dog homemade dog biscuits every day, but make sure you do it in limited quantities and not as a substitute for their normal diet.

Question 2: How do I know if my dog ​​is allergic to an ingredient in dog treats?

Answer: If after eating a dog treat your dog shows symptoms such as itching, rash, vomiting, diarrhea or breathing problems, contact your vet. There may be an allergy or intolerance to an ingredient in the cookie.

Question 3: Can I add fruits and vegetables to homemade dog treats?

Answer: Yes, you can add fruits and vegetables to homemade dog treats, but make sure to use only safe ingredients, such as carrots, apples, bananas, or pumpkin.

Question 4: How long should I bake the dog biscuits?

Answer: Bake the dog biscuits at 180°C for about 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy. The exact baking time may vary depending on the size and thickness of the cookies.

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