Baby food and flour dog treats
DIY Homemade Dog Treats - Two Ingredient Recipes
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These DIY Dog Treats are the homemade way to your dogs heart. They love them, and you can do all sorts of fun things with them.
When I came to the Letter D for the A to Z Blogging Challenge, I had all sorts of ideas.
Then I realized it might be fun to do something for the Dogs.
Why not do some DIY Dog Treats. Homemade dog treats are fun to make and the dogs love them.
I have a Shih-tzu, a PomkiePoo (Pomeranian, Yorkie and Poodle mix) and my big baby Finn, a Pitt mix.
Then my BFF has 3 dogs (a Chihuahua, a shih-tzu (from our litter) and a mix). I have plenty of dogs to spoil.
We often make our own homemade dog food, just to make sure they are getting a balanced diet.
With all the pet food recalls I get nervous sometimes. I want to make sure my dogs don’t get sick.
So yes, I take my time out to make them food.
Yes, from scratch. Yes it takes some time.
But they love it and they are happier and healthier because of it.
With my fear of the pet food recalls, I am always hesitant to buy dog treats that way as well.
So I decided to try my hand at making my own homemade version and I have dozens of different recipes for them.
But then I stumbled upon this two ingredient DIY Dog Treat recipe and I knew it was the one I’d make the most.
It originally called for baby food and that’s all fine and dandy, but even that I made homemade.
Just pureed my own vegetables.
You can do it either way and they will turn out great.
Have you made Homemade Dog Treats?
I included a rather gross looking photo of the dough when it was done mixing.
The reason I did this, is because it doesn’t look like typical dough and I don’t want you to think you are doing it wrong.
It’s very sticky, so if you need to, add a bit more flour until it is easy to roll out.
I used two different sized cookie cutters, one for the larger dogs and one for the smaller dogs.
Somewhere around here I actually have a dog bone cookie cutter.
I couldn’t find it that day so I went with hearts.
I like hearts and the dogs don’t really care what they look like. ha!Are you ready to make your own DIY Dog Treats?
DIY Dog Treats - Two Ingredients
Easy two ingredient Dog Treats will make your pooches happy. And they are healthy too! Please keep in mind that you
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Pet Recipes
Servings 12 -24
- 2 cups 100% whole wheat flour
- 2 4 oz. jars of any flavor pureed baby food I used 1 cup of homemade carrot puree
Preheat your oven to 350°.
In a large mixing bowl, mix the flour with the pureed veggies (or baby food) to form a stiff dough. If it's too sticky add flour. If it's too stiff, add some water.
Lightly flour your work space and roll out the dough until it's about ¼" thick.
Use a cookie cutter to cut out the cookies.
Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray.
Place the treats about ¼" inch apart on the cookie sheet.
Bake for 20 – 25 minutes.
We store ours in a dog cookie canister and it sometimes makes the cookies softer but the dogs like them that way.
If you want them to stay hard, you might want to store them in a paper bag.
They keep for up to two weeks.
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Easy Dog Biscuits Made From Baby Food - Fun Dog Treats to Make!
These easy dog biscuits are made entirely from baby food. This is an easy, economical and healthy way to treat your dog.
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This is Izzy. She’s my little sweetheart. I put off getting a dog for so long, and now I can’t imagine life without her. None of us can. My whole family is smitten with her. Enough about Izzy, clearly this post is just a poor attempt to post pictures of her. 🙂
However I do like to make her healthy, wholesome treats. These easy dog biscuits were made just from baby food and they were so easy. I figured if baby food was good enough for a baby, it was good enough for my Iz.Dog Biscuit Recipe Disclaimer
I am not an animal expert. Please check with your vet to see if what you are using is safe for your dog. Here is an article about what people foods are good for your dog. These foods are toxic and should never be given to your dog: chocolate, onions, grapes, raisins, yeast dough, artificial sweeteners, macadamia nuts, avocadoes, alcohol, or coffee.
Dog Biscuit Ingredients I Used
One of the reasons I used baby food was because we had some leftover oatmeal cereal like this from when my granddaughter visited last. I thought oatmeal cereal would essentially act as oat flour and by adding some chicken, sweet potatoes and carrot baby food, you almost have a complete meal!
Essentially all you do is mix the jar food with the oatmeal and make a stick dough. Then you roll it out on a silicone mat by taking a greased piece of wax paper and placing it on top of the dough. Then using a rolling pin, roll on top of the wax paper so the dough doesn’t stick to the rolling pin.
You want to roll it to about ¼ inch thick. Then use cookie cutters to make the biscuits. I got these from Amazon and love them!Dog Biscuit Recipe In A Nutshell
- Mix jar baby food and baby oatmeal to make a sticky dough.
- Roll it out on a piece of parchment paper or silicone mat. You will need a piece of grease wax paper to place on top before rolling.
- Using a rolling pin over the wax paper to roll the dough about ¼ inch thick.
- Use cookie cutters to make biscuits.
- Bake for 20 minutes or desired chewiness or crunchiness.
Bake them on another silicone mat (you can use parchment paper too) until they are nice and brown. I didn’t make mine too crunchy. You can always cook them longer to make them crunchier. Sometimes I turn off the oven and keep them in there as the oven cools down and they continue to bake. Just make sure to watch them so they don’t burn.
I tried to get some good pics of Izzy eating them but it was hard to hold the camera and the biscuit at the same time. So I cut off her head when she was licking her lips but she really likes them.
Unfortunately, I’m writing this post much later than when I made them, and now they are all gone. Time to make another batch. I store them in the refrigerator and they last a long time.
I hope you like this little dog biscuit recipe for man’s best friend. It was fun making them for my little, sweet puppy. I hope your pup likes them as much as Izzy did.
And if you would like some more dog treats I have a few for your reading pleasure.More Easy Dog Treats To Try! Healthy Homemade Dog Treats Christmas Dog Waffles Quick Valentine’s Day Dog Treats Homemade Dog Biscuits
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Easy Dog Biscuits Using Baby Food
These easy dog biscuits are made entirely from baby food. This is an easy, economical and healthy way to treat your dog.
Keyword baby food, dog treat
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Author Denise Wright (MyLifeCookbook. com)
- 1 jar of carrots baby food
- 1 jar of sweet potatoes baby food
- 2 jars of chicken (~2.5oz each)
- 2 ½ cups of oatmeal baby cereal I used Gerbers Oatmeal Cereal for babies
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
In a large bowl, mix all ingredients well until it forms a sticky dough.
Line a cookie sheet with a piece of parchment paper or a silicone mat.
Spread your dough onto the sheet and use a piece of wax paper that has been sprayed with cooking spray to press down your dough. You can also use a rolling pin to get it nice and smooth.
Use cookie cutters to make shapes.
Place cookie sheet into the oven and cook for 20 minutes. If you desire crunchier biscuits, Turn off the oven and let them cook some more and keep checking.
Store in the refrigerator.
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Is it possible to feed dogs with baby food, what to give instead for puppies
January 25, 2022
The question seems simple and unambiguous only at first glance. Many people think that if a product is made for babies, its quality should be on top and certainly suitable for feeding pets. We do not argue that in most cases the production of food for infants is indeed of high standards, but the problem here is not in the quality of raw materials and compliance with production standards, but in compliance with the composition of baby food to the needs of predators - adults and especially growing ones.
Only as a treat
If there is a baby in the house, dogs often get the uneaten remains of instant cereals, milk mixtures, vegetable and meat purees. Well, if it's about giving baby food as treats to dogs, it's okay, even though it doesn't make sense. Just do not forget that the share of this kind of treats should be no more than 10% of the calorie content of the entire diet (per day), otherwise your dog will quickly gain weight, which will be very difficult to get rid of.
Particularly harmful in this regard are porridges, a source of readily available carbohydrates. However, cottage cheese, kefir and milk mixtures are also not the healthiest food for a dog. Yes, they contain milk protein and usually probiotics, but they are often additionally sweetened - which is not good for animals at all. If we are not talking about puppies, but about adult dogs, then “native” milk sugar is a big risk. The farther from puppyhood, the less pets have enzymes designed to digest lactose. By 7-8 months, only a small part of the dogs can digest and assimilate the "milk" well, the majority have bloating, diarrhea of varying degrees of intensity.
What about meat purees in glass and tin jars - such as Tyoma, Nestle, Grandmother's basket, etc.? It is they who are most often referred to when they talk about feeding pets with baby food. Moreover, many owners specifically buy baby food in stores, and do not use stocks purchased for children and grandchildren with the goal of “not wasting”. Usually this practice is typical for owners of small puppies, adult dogs of small breeds, as well as pets who find it difficult to chew. Alas, it is undesirable to give even meat baby food to dogs on an ongoing basis. And there are reasons for this.
Why shouldn't you feed your dog meat baby food?
First, these products have a completely different composition. The dog will obviously not receive the necessary components - animal protein and fat, which are vital to it, and calories will not be received from the usual and so healthy meat, fish or poultry, but most likely from grain and starch.
Secondly, all these products undergo a powerful heat treatment (sterilization), during which not only possible pathogenic microorganisms are destroyed, but also many useful substances vital for predators are lost - a number of amino acids and vitamins. In the manufacture of industrial food for dogs, the same thing usually happens, however, manufacturers, knowing about the problem, introduce the "lost" substances additionally, at the last stage of production.
It is not for nothing that ready-made food, which is intended for daily nutrition of animals, is called “complete” or “balanced”, and its recipe is called “formula”. On the label you will definitely find the components included in the mineral-vitamin complex, the amount of proteins, fats, carbohydrates, fiber. And even if some substances were not enough in the feedstock, after taking samples for analysis, the developer will add what is needed to the “dough” of the feed.
Data on the needs of dogs are not taken from the ceiling and not from the personal experience of the manufacturer, but are correlated with the figures recommended by the competent regulatory organizations - AAFCO, FDA, as well as GOSTs for non-productive animals.
Thirdly, in the composition of children's meat food, you can often find such undesirable components as potato starch, rice or wheat flour. And also, which is rather unpleasant, salt, spices and even dried onions. The proportion of such additives is rarely indicated, and it may happen that when buying a “meat” puree, you will provide your pet with only its likeness, moreover, devoid of the necessary nutrients.
Why is the use of baby food so popular in feeding puppies and dogs? This product really has many advantages: it contains understandable types of meat, is well homogenized and has a delicate texture (which is important for small puppies and dogs with oral problems), is completely ready for use and can be stored at room temperature. An important advantage for some owners is the financial side of the issue: sometimes baby food seems cheaper than high-quality wet dog food, and at the same time it is easy to buy.
Is it possible, taking into account the above-mentioned advantages, to choose an analogue for children's purees among canned food created specifically for dogs? Delicious, full-bodied, healthy in composition, delicate in texture, conveniently packaged and affordable and available in stores? Yes, you certainly may.
What to give instead of baby food?
Let's start with those who receive baby food not from younger family members, but from reverent owners who strive to give their pet the best and safest.
Feeding small puppies
For the first three weeks, mother's milk is the only thing a puppy needs, but then you can start accustoming a kitten to meat food. Not any diet is suitable, but as you understand, the most tender, easily digestible and very nutritious. It is commonly referred to as a "starter", but not all manufacturers make one. We have such a product in our assortment, it is Blitz Sensitive "Turkey with Zucchini" - a starter food for puppies, pregnant and lactating bitches. Packed in 200 g cans with a key. Contains turkey meat, several types of offal, zucchini pulp, milk powder, prebiotics and a vitamin and mineral complex. The product has a high calorie content, so it is advisable to give it up to 4 months, when the puppies are growing rapidly, then it is advisable to switch to other canned food options, for example, with chicken and pumpkin or lamb and turkey.
All Blitz wet foods for dogs and puppies are complete rations with 80% to 98% meat ingredients. By consistency, they are divided into “pieces in sauce” or chopped pates, they are available in different packaging options (85 g, 200 g, 400 g and even 700 g) and are presented in a wide flavor palette - you will definitely choose what suits your pet.
The current assortment can be viewed on this page of our catalogue. Foods marked "for all breeds and ages" are designed, among other things, for the daily feeding of puppies that have come out of the lactation period.
Canned food for small breeds of dogs
Miniature pets (Chihuahua, Spitz, Dachshund, Toy) are also very fond of eating baby food, and in terms of packaging it seems to be intended for them for a single portion. But, despite the external "toy", these are real dogs - brave, tireless, with well-developed muscles and light bones. And they need to eat the same way as other breeds - not purees like "Tyoma", but a balanced diet. Slices of canned Lamb with Salmon, Beef with White Fish or Turkey with Duck soaked in fragrant sauce will please your gourmet much more than baby food, and they will be a hundred times more useful.
Blitz dog food is produced in Russia using European equipment. They are developed taking into account the recommendations of leading veterinary organizations and regulatory authorities, from high-quality raw materials, without the use of preservatives and dyes.
Nutrition for debilitated dogs
In most cases (except for liver diseases) during the recovery period and in old age, dogs do not need diet food (as we understand it), but easily digestible nutritious food. If your dog was recommended a temporary liquid diet after surgery, or if your pet has oral problems, it is not necessary to opt for baby mashed meats. The correct choice would be to use any of Blitz's complete wet or even dry foods, bringing them to the desired consistency with water. Learn how to properly soak dry food here.
Blitz – available to everyone
Blitz wet food can be found on all major online trading platforms (Ozon, Wildberries, YandexMarket), ordered on the official website of the brand or bought at the pet store of our distributor partners. A complete list of them, with addresses and phone numbers, you can see on this map. We supply our products to all regions of Russia.
Due to Russian production, transparent logistics and focus on quality, Blitz wet food boasts a competitive price. You can give them to your pet every day, and it will certainly not be more expensive than feeding him baby food, but it is guaranteed to be more beneficial for his health and development.
What kind of treats can be given to a rat, how to make it yourself
Rats, like any other pets, need a balanced diet for normal development and good health. However, rodent owners sometimes want to pamper their pet, give it something tasty. It is worth noting that the preferences of pussies differ markedly from ours. Therefore, it is important to know which treats your rat will both enjoy and benefit from at the same time.
Peculiarities of feeding treats
When feeding a pet with any food, including treats, certain rules must be observed. Otherwise, even seemingly useful products can harm the health of the animal. When treating a rat with delicacies, it is recommended to take into account the following features:
- Treats should not be given to the pet too often. Various sweets are allowed to rodents only in limited quantities; they are not suitable for daily feeding. In addition, rats are highly addicted to food, and feeding too much "forbidden fruits" can lead to the rejection of a daily balanced diet.
- Do not give your rat food that is strictly prohibited, such as candy, lemonade, or canned cucumbers. Even in small quantities, such dishes will cause irreparable harm to the health of the rodent.
- When preparing delicacies on your own, be guided by the rules of food compatibility. For example, you can not give a rat a dish containing different types of protein (vegetable, meat, fish, egg). And vice versa - there are many successful combinations, such as fruits and dairy products.
It is also worth remembering that treats, like other food, must be fresh. Delicacies should be free of rot, fungus, and signs of damage.
What treats can be given from the diet
You don't have to run to the nearest pet store to treat your pet. Most of the favorite treats of rats can be found in the usual human diet. Among the favorite dishes of rodents:
- Food of animal origin - lean meat, fish, squid, shrimp, meatballs . Meat dishes must be served boiled. When cooking, it is forbidden to use salt and any seasonings. It is recommended that protein treats be given to rats once a week.
- Food of plant origin - vegetables, berries and fruits grown in your own garden, you can offer rodents 3-5 grams daily. Purchased foods can be stuffed with nitrates and other harmful substances, so such treats are allowed to be given to the rat every 4-5 days. Favorite juicy food: apple, banana, peach, raspberry, strawberry.
- Baby food puree . Any options are suitable: meat, fruit, vegetable. “Ready-made” dishes are also allowed, such as beef with vegetables or hake with vegetable stew. The norm is once every 7-10 days. When feeding rodents with baby puree, the storage regime should be observed - an opened jar can be stored in the refrigerator for no longer than 24 hours.
- Seeds and nuts . Such delicacies are very high in calories, so it is allowed to treat them to rats no more than 2 times a week. At the same time, nuts and seeds should be given to rodents in an unprocessed form - not fried, not salty, not sweet, and preferably unpeeled. The norm for one feeding is 1 nut or 5-6 seeds.
- Flour dishes: biscuits, homemade croutons, crackers . Such treats should contain a small amount of salt and sugar and be slightly dried. Under these conditions, you can offer the rat a 1 cm² bread treat every 3-4 days.
- Bitter chocolate with 75-80% cocoa beans. It is allowed to give it daily, only subject to one condition - the size of the piece should be no more than 5 by 5 mm.
- Dairy products . This category includes kefir, cottage cheese, fermented baked milk, homemade yogurt, yogurt. The main condition is that the dish should have a low fat content, in the range of 1-5%. Once every 2 weeks, you can pamper the rat with sour cream, but in minimal quantities - 2-3 grams.
In order for the listed treats to bring only benefit to the rat, it is necessary to strictly fit into the allowed frequency of feeding. It is also necessary to observe the reaction of rodents to the introduction of new delicacies.
If after eating the treat the animal's health worsened (lethargy, aggression appeared, gastrointestinal upset is observed), then it is better to refuse feeding the pet with a new treat.
Store bought treats
Store bought treats are much less of a problem. Because specialized products consist of ingredients that are completely safe for rats. The packaging also contains all the necessary information - how to store, under what conditions, how much to give to the rat and at what interval. The following store-bought treats are the most popular among rat owners:
- Crispy sticks Little One with puffed rice, peanuts and walnuts. The composition also contains wheat, oats, millet, corn. The delicacy is enriched with a vitamin and mineral complex.
- Multicolored Vegetable and Alfalfa Balls from JR Farm. What the delicacy is made of, the color will tell. Red balls are from beets, orange ones are from carrots, green ones are from alfalfa, yellow ones are from corn.
- Mealworm ONTO. Rich in protein and fats. Only 1 piece is enough to pamper your pet. Rich in vitamin B12, necessary for normal blood formation. Strengthens the health of the liver, gastrointestinal tract, and also improves immunity.
- Apple tree branches "Kuban". They have a pleasant taste and aroma. Designed for regular grinding of growing teeth. Similar treats for rats (branches of currant, viburnum, willow, birch) are offered by other manufacturers.
- Fruit crackers Vitakraft. At the base is a wooden stick, there is also a clip for installation inside the cage. Baked sticks consist of a mixture of cereals, apple and apricot. Contain minerals and vitamins A, D3. Free from artificial colors and flavors. Fill your pet with energy and improve mood.
- Drops for rodents SANAL. They contain honey and milk, so rat owners are afraid to buy them for their pets. And completely in vain - all ingredients undergo multi-stage cleaning, in which allergens are completely destroyed. Also in the composition - extracts of fruits and vegetables, vitamins B, C, and minerals (copper, potassium, zinc, manganese).
Many store-bought treats are sold with the general label “for rodents”. Therefore, before buying, it is better to make sure that the treat is suitable for rats. The necessary information can be clarified with the seller or on the back of the package.
This is not a complete list of store-bought treats. If you wish, you can find other equally tasty and healthy delicacies for decorative rats in pet stores.
How to make your own treats
Pampering your pet doesn't have to rely on specialized commercial mixes. You can cook no less tasty and healthy delicacies yourself, from improvised products. Here are some recipes:
- Porridge with additives . For cooking, you need to boil any porridge on water without the use of salt and sugar. After that - add some tasty treats: seafood, dried fruits, vegetables. It is also allowed to introduce a couple of drops of vegetable oil into the dish, preferably olive or linseed.
- Fruit Grain Stick . To prepare, you will need to add a mixture of baby purees from any fruit (for example, from an apple and a pear) to a small bowl. Then - pour a little grain, peeled chopped nuts and seeds, until a thick consistency is obtained. Then - form sticks from the resulting "dough" and send to dry in the oven at a temperature of 75-80ᵒС.
- Fermented milk formula . Not subject to long-term storage. Therefore, you need to prepare one at a time. The method of preparation is simple - first you need to pour ryazhenka, yogurt or varenets into a small bowl. Then - add a little low-fat cottage cheese, until a pasty consistency is obtained. It is also allowed to use sour cream as a basis, but not more than 1 time per month.
- Vegetable biscuits . At the heart of the dish are vegetables (carrots, zucchini, pumpkin), chopped on a fine grater, pre-squeezed. Next, you will need to add a little grain to the vegetable mixture. After that, mix everything thoroughly and pour over the egg. From the resulting mass, it is necessary to form cakes or balls and send them to dry in an oven at a temperature of 50ᵒС for at least 12 hours.
Some rats have allergic reactions to egg white. Therefore, it is better for rodents prone to allergies not to offer treats that include eggs.
Even though it takes a lot more effort and energy to make rat treats on your own, when cooking at home, the owner of the rat can be sure that the ingredients are natural. And accordingly, that the pet will not get poisoned and will not develop stomach problems.
What not to give to a rat
Despite numerous recommendations, most rat breeders sooner or later try to feed the rodent something forbidden. Do not do this, because the body is very susceptible to harmful substances. An incorrectly calculated dosage can even lead to death. Here is a list of the main foods that should not be given to a rat:
- carbonated drinks;
- purchased snacks - chips, crackers, salted nuts;
- dry, dried, smoked fish;
- fatty fried meat, barbecue;
- sweets, cakes, sweet biscuits, rolls, cakes, milk and white chocolate, corn sticks;
- fried potatoes and other fast food;
- homemade pickles, marinades, canned juices.