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Homemade Dog Treats

Here is a great idea for dog treats that are easy to make, high in fiber, all natural, and your dog will love them! I started making these when my Lab got a case of chronic diarrhea and they helped a lot.


In a large bowl, combine any of these ingredients (you don't need to use them all and you can be flexible with the amounts):

  • 1 can of pumpkin (pure pumpkin, not the sugary filling)
  • 1 can of yams or a cooked sweet potato (rinse the yams)
  • 1 bag of boil-in-a-bag brown or white rice
  • 1 can of chicken
  • 1 cup of frozen or fresh blueberries

Mix together (I use my hands, it's messy but easy). Pack the mixture in spare ice cube trays and freeze until solid. If you use the ingredients exactly as above, using normal can sizes, it will fill about 2 trays. When frozen, just pop out and store in Ziploc bags.

Good even for most sensitive stomachs and a nice, cool treat for a hot summer day. I microwave one cube for my dogs and mix with their kibble in the AM. They absolutely love them!


By Beth from Jackson, MI

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January 29, 20080 found this helpful

Homemade dog treats and meals from people foods are great, but it is important to keep in mind what foods are harmful to our pets before creating any of the treats over the 'net. There are tons out there, but the ASPCA has a list of foods to avoid, so you do not harm your beloved animals and can be printed for reference.

If you desire to make a recipe that includes a harmful ingredient, I would suggest substitution.
After paying a lot of money for my pet, it doesn't make sense to create ill health and high medical expense when not necessary.

What really surprises me is that some vets will recommend certain ingredients that are harmful like garlic powder. It then becomes the decision of the owner who do you listen to, the vet who has had years of education and experience, the ASPCA or loving pet owners. Do the research first and then make up your mind.

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January 30, 20080 found this helpful

Large amounts of garlic can cause issues.
However, one 1/2 of a medium clove of garlic every other day should not cause any problems for a dog.
Cats tend to be a little more prone to garlic activated anemia as the garlic does not disperse through their systems as well as it does with dogs.

So I would say yes for giving dogs garlic and no for giving it to cats.

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August 6, 20090 found this helpful

I guess I would watch out for the sodium content if using cans also. I make homemade natural treats and although it would be easier most of the time to use some things, I just can't. NOT downing this poster, just an idea to watch for.

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October 6, 20090 found this helpful

I'm a dog keeper and I should be aware of those harmful ingredients for my dog if I want quality homemade dog treats for my 3 dogs. I agree, as dog owners, we should stay informed by educating ourselves by visiting authority sites like ASPCA, though there are also great websites out there that provide informative articles on keeping our dogs healthy and happy. Good thing other sites do post free recipes using natural, healthy ingredients for our homemade dog treats.

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September 26, 20110 found this helpful

I guess in this recipe, I would omit the blueberries. I used to have a pekinese a few years back and I gave her a bit of my real blueberry muffin, The next morning , I awoke to find her face all disfigured because of an allergic reaction to the blueberries, one eye was almost swollen shut and her mouth was all twisted up on one side from the swelling. I called the vet right away and he said to give her Benadryl, and to not feed her blueberries again!


These are my two babies, Molly is a pure-bred Shih-Tzu, and Jada a pure-bred Cocker Spaniel. They are soooo spoiled!!

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October 27, 20140 found this helpful

Buy some cheap liver. Boil for 20 minutes. Dry it out in the oven on low for another 20 minutes. Cool, cut in small or medium size bites. Freezes well. If used for training treats cut very small.

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