Table waste: dogs love them, and their pleading eyes are hard to deny. However, the consequences of this indulgence can range from minor and annoying to life threatening and expensive. Some human foods – especially onions, chocolate, grapes, and raisins – contain enzymes that, if fed in large quantities, can cause gastrointestinal upset, neurological problems, seizures, and even death.
With care and common sense, you can turn leftovers into tasty and nutritious treats for your dogs.
How about a canine trail mix? Chop meat, potatoes, vegetables, and even fruits into 1/2-inch pieces. Spray it lightly with cooking spray and put it in a dehydrator or 200 ° oven until it dries, so you can indulge in nourishing pampering on those long hikes after your meal.
Holiday meals bring an abundance of leftover meat. Instead of feeding the leftovers to your dog, create a healthy, frozen treat. Rinse the spices and cut into small pieces. Partially fill an ice cube tray with water, drop an equal amount of minced meat into each cube, and freeze. Even dogs who don’t normally chew ice cubes will lick this refreshing treat.
Sweet potatoes contain vitamins A, C, and E, as well as protease inhibitors, which are believed to help prevent cancer in dogs. Remove the peel and cut it 1/4 “to 1/2” thick. Place the slices in a dehydrator or 200 ° oven until dry and chewy.
You can also make crunchy dog treats with leftovers. First, rinse the seasoning off any combination of leftover meat, rice, pasta, or vegetables. Puree in a food processor until smooth. Add a few tablespoons of vegetable oil and an egg. Use milk or water until the mixture is the consistency of cream. Add a tablespoon of dried parsley and enough whole grain, soy, or rice flour to make a stiff batter. Roll the dough to about 1/4 “, cut into shapes and bake at 350 ° for 20 to 30 minutes. Turn off the oven and leave crispy in the oven overnight. The treats are in a cool in a dry environment for about a week.
Healthy and nutritious dog treats are only limited by our imaginations – get inspired to create your own recipes!