Monthly Archives: June 2013

Today’s Dog Treat Cookie Recipe

HAM AND CHEESE ON RYE
Did you know?
Ham, a small amount, WITHOUT the FAT trimmings or seasoning, can be eaten by dogs, but only in extreme moderation. During the Holidays, Vets see many pets who have chewed/splintered/swallowed/eaten that left over COOKED HAM BONE, with all the FAT/gristle still attached. It’s not so much the small amount of ham, but the FAT and COOKED BONE, that does most of the damage.  A small amount of Low Sodium, Gourmet Lite Ham, if fed in moderation, does NOT appear to cause any of those FAT associated problems; indigestion, upset stomach/diarrhea, even pancreatitis (inflammation of the Pancreas). Again, it’s feed in moderation + see Note.
Cheese is a good source of protein for your dog. It also provides vitamins and minerals, such as calcium, Vitamin A, B-complex vitamins and essential fatty acids. Low Fat Cheddar Cheese has less lactose (milk sugar) than milk and some other dairy products so it’s less likely to cause digestive problems plus, not all dogs are lactose intolerant. According to the ASPCA site, if you use only a small amount of low-fat cheese in homemade treats and your dog doesn’t have any digestive upset, you can use it.
Rye Flour is wheat free, but not gluten free. It is however, lower in gluten than whole-wheat flour and contains high levels of proteins and fiber. It contains good amounts of iron, calcium and zinc and a whole slew of B vitamins. There’s also vitamin E a plenty. It’s also effective in lowering cholesterol levels, optimizing health of the heart and controlling blood pressure (US studies have showed between 0.5 percent and 10 percent of dogs suffer from high blood pressure – ages ranged from 2 to 14 years old).

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HAM AND CHEESE ON RYE
2 cups Rye Flour
1/4 cup Ham – chopped (Gourmet Lite – less sodium) – See Note
1/3 cup cheese, grated (lactose free – low fat)
2 eggs – lightly beaten
1 clove garlic, crushed – always optional
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup water
Note: If you’re not comfortable with using ham in this treat recipe, then please, leave it out – your fur kids won’t mind.
Suggestions: Add cooked Chicken, Turkey or Beef as substitute.
Preheat the oven to 180° C (350° F) and line a cookie try with parchment paper.
In a small bowl, whisk water and eggs together and set aside.
In a food processor, add to the bowl, the oil, cheese, ham, garlic and flour.
Pulse for a few seconds then scrape the side of the bowl, and pulse again.
With the machine running, add the egg mixture until the dough forms a ball.
Turn out on to a rye floured work-surface and knead for around a minute.
Roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness and cut with cookie cutters, a sharp knife or a pastry cutter.
Place on a baking sheet and bake 20 – 25 minutes (depending on your oven, they vary).
Remove tray from the oven and flip each biscuit over.
Bake for an additional 20 – 25 minutes (again, depending on your oven).
Remove from oven and allow to rest on cookie tray for 5 – 10 minutes.
The cookies may still be slightly soft to touch, they will harden a little, as they cool.
Transfer cookies to wire cooling rack to cool completely.
Yield: about 42 cookies depending on the cutter size

Storage, Refrigeration and Freezing instructions:
Store in zip lock bags or air tight containers in your refrigerator.
Allow to come to room temperature before feeding.
Home-baked dog treats contain no preservatives, so they can mold or spoil the same as home-baked people cookies/cakes do. Other variables, ingredients/moisture content of the treat and climate conditions will also determine the storage time.
Refrigeration will prolong the life of home-made dog treats.
Freeze for up to 6 months – Always allow treats to thaw completely before feeding.

Feed these HAM AND CHEESE ON RYE only as a treat.
Treats should not make up more than 10% of your pet’s diet.
As with any treat, always provide fresh water after feeding.

Be sure to check the recipe for any known foods or ingredients your pet may be allergic to. If in doubt, check with your Vet.

Today’s Dog Treat Cookie Recipe

APPLE OATS AND COCONUT COOKIES
Did you know?

Apples in addition to being tasty treats, provide nutritional benefits to your dog. They offer vitamin C and dietary fiber, and they are low in sodium and saturated fat. They contain calcium and phosphorus, and they also add to a dog’s skin and coat health by adding omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids to your dog’s diet. Dogs with sensitive digestion are said to tolerate apples well.
Oats are a great natural source of iron, manganese, zinc and B vitamins as well as essential fatty acids and antioxidants. Oats are high in protein, and are equal to meat, milk and egg protein. Many Vets feel that the protein in oats is very hypoallergenic (less likely to cause an allergic reaction) and therefore an ideal nutrient to be included in a diet formulated for pets suspected of having a food sensitivities or allergies. The soothing properties can help a pet with some digestive issues. Oats also contain almost a complete list of the essential amino acids.
Coconut is highly nutritious and rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. It is classified as a “functional food” because it provides many health benefits beyond its nutritional content. Coconut helps reduce allergic reactions, improves digestion and nutrient absorption, cholesterol levels, aids in the elimination of hairballs (cats) and coughing, and reduces or eliminates bad breath in dogs. Coconut also helps to reduce heart disease and control diabetes as well as helping to protect against kidney disease and bladder infection.

Apple-Oats Biscuit

APPLE OATS AND COCONUT COOKIES
1¼ cups Oat Flour – see handy tip
1 cup Rolled Oats
1 cup desiccated Coconut
1 tbsp. Honey
1 cup Applesauce
2 tbsp. Water
Handy Tip: Oat Flour can be made by grinding rolled oats in a food processor, blender or vita mixer until oats are the consistency of flour.
Preheat oven to 180° C (350° F) and line two cookie trays with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, add all ingredients, mixing well to combine.
Using a small cookie scoop or a tablespoon, scoop out portions of cookie mixture, roll into small balls and place on cookie tray about one inch apart.
Press down with fork tines to flatten.
Bake for 18 minutes, remove from oven, flip cookies and return to oven for another 7 minutes. (as ovens vary, always check towards the end of suggested cooking time and adjust time if necessary).
Remove cookie tray from oven and allow cookies to rest on tray for 5 – 10 minutes.
Place cookies on wire cooling rack to cool completely.
Yield: approximately 21 x 1 and 1/2 inch cookies, softer in texture.

Storage, Refrigeration and Freezing instructions:
Store in zip lock bags or air tight containers in your refrigerator.
Allow to come to room temperature before feeding.
Home-baked dog treats contain no preservatives, so they can mold or spoil the same as home-baked people cookies/cakes do. Other variables, ingredients/moisture content of the treat and climate conditions will also determine the storage time.
Refrigeration will prolong the life of home-made dog treats.
Freeze for up to 6 months – Always allow treats to thaw completely before feeding.

Feed these APPLE OATS AND COCONUT COOKIES only as a treat.
Treats should not make up more than 10% of your pet’s diet.
As with any treat, always provide fresh water after feeding.

Be sure to check the recipe for any known foods or ingredients your pet may be allergic to. If in doubt, check with your Vet.

Today’s Dog Treat Recipe

BEEF SNAX – Wheat and Gluten Free
Did you know?
Beef is a unique, special food. It offers a vast array of vitamins, minerals and protein, all essential for your dog’s healthy diet. Some of the important vitamins found in beef include several B vitamins, B12, folate, thiamine, and riboflavin. B vitamins are known to help maintain your dog’s metabolism, immune system and blood glucose levels. In addition to these essential vitamins, beef also offers vitamins E, K, and D. Vitamin E is an important antioxidant, and Vitamin K is vital to blood clotting and bone health. The minerals found in beef include, iron, a key mineral that helps get oxygen to all body cells, potassium, calcium, zinc, and magnesium, important for many essential body functions, including muscle, bone, and cellular functions.
Beef is a great source of protein, providing your dog with long lasting energy.

Beef Snax

BEEF SNAX – Wheat and Gluten Free
500 grams (1 lb) minced beef (ground beef)
1/2 apple, grated
1/2 cup carrots, shredded and chopped
1/2 cup pumpkin, shredded and chopped
1 small to medium sweet potato, steamed, peeled and mashed
1/2 cup oats, gluten free
1 large egg
Preheat your oven to 180° C (350° F) and line a jelly roll tin with parchment paper.
Mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl.
Press and work mixture into the jelly roll tin, it should be approximately 1/2 inch thick.
Bake for 40 – 45 minutes.
Remove from the oven and reduce oven temperature to 110° C (230° F).
Using a sharp knife or a pastry cutter, score the treats into squares or shapes, 1 inch x 1 inch or 2 inches x 1 inch, depending on your dog.
Flip the treats once you’ve cut them and then return the tin to the oven.
Bake for another 40 minutes.
These Beef Snax brown quickly, so check them often, you don’t want them to burn (oven temperatures vary).
Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely on a wire cooling rack.
Yield: lots!
Beef Snax -2

I doubled the ingredients listed above and made 2 trays of Beef Snax

Storage, Refrigeration and Freezing instructions:
Store
in zip lock bags or air tight containers in your refrigerator.
Allow to come to room temperature before feeding.
Home-baked dog treats contain no preservatives, so they can mold or spoil the same as home-baked people cookies/cakes do. Other variables, ingredients/moisture content of the treat and climate conditions will also determine the storage time.
Refrigeration will prolong the life of home-made dog treats.
Freeze for up to 6 months – Always allow treats to thaw completely before feeding.

Feed these BEEF SNAX only as a treat.
Treats should not make up more than 10% of your pet’s diet.
As with any treat, always provide fresh water after feeding.

Be sure to check the recipe for any known foods or ingredients your pet may be allergic to. If in doubt, check with your Vet.

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