Homemade dog treats are a great alternative to store bought snacks. They are cheaper, healthier, and include ingredients of your personal preference. Our recipe to single ingredient healthy homemade dog treats can be found below.
Although often advertised as healthy and tasty, the ingredients of commercial dog treats are questionable. As an example, let’s discuss Purina® Adventuros Nuggets:
Grains, glycerol, meat and animal byproducts(8%), sugar, vegetable protein, vegetable byproducts, minerals, oils and fats.
These treats are said to be ‘rich in meat’, yet they only contain 8% of unspecified meat and animal byproducts. They have a ‘wild boar flavour’ but they do not include a single gram of boar. The flavour comes from a sensory additive, and there are colourants included too.
A quick calculation shows that these treats contain 62% carbohydrates, that dogs do not need at all.
Most dog treats are made with similar ingredients, so I’ve been on the lookout for a recipe for homemade dog treats.
When scrolling through Pinterest I was sadly disappointed with the recipes I found. Most people include ingredients like oats, peanut butter, banana, flour, apple, and numerous other types of plant material.
Mojo loves the taste of these ingredients, but they are very unhealthy for an animal that thrives on a meat based diet. The sugars can actually spark yeast infections, and feeding plant material will cause loose stools.
As you know, Mojo is fed a prey model raw diet, meaning that she consumes little to no fruit and vegetables. Although we as humans are tempted by sugar and make less than clever decisions to eat unhealthy snacks, it doesn’t mean we have to feed these to our dogs.
There is no need to feed sugar to a dog just because you like the taste, a dog is not a human, please acknowledge that! Yes, our dogs can enjoy a snack every once in awhile just like we do. These however don’t have to include carbohydrates. Dogs actually prefer the taste of fat and protein – or in other words: dogs want meat!
Hence, I decided to share a recipe for single ingredient healthy homemade dog treats. That’s right, they are easy to make, and all you need is one ingredient!
Visit your local grocery store, or a pet store that sells frozen raw meat, and buy some meat of your preference. We mostly go for game: deer, rabbit, hare, pheasant. It’s clever to buy in bulk, so if you’re stocking up for your next meal prep, make sure to take some extra to make your own easy dog treats!
Here’s a video of our first try at homemade dog treats, in which we used leftover kangaroo meat from our raw food prep the day before. A week ago, we tried wild rabbit, and that worked perfectly too!
Homemade dog treats with one single ingredient
- 500 grams of low fat meat of your choice
- Step 1 Preheat your oven to 75°C (167°F)
- Step 2 Cut the meat into small pieces keeping in mind that they will decrease in size as they release their moisture.
- Step 3 Spread out the pieces of meat over a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
- Step 4 Place the baking tray in the middle of your preheated oven.
- Step 5 After 60 minutes, lower the temperature of your oven to 60°C (140°F) and let dry for another 8 hours.
- Step 6 Take the treats out of the oven and let them cool down completely.
- Step 7 Once cooled down, store the treats in an airtight container and put them in the refrigerator to keep fresh.