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Homemade Treat Recipe For Pets

Here’s an easy recipe to make homemade treats for your cat or dog, compliments of Hill’s Pet Nutrition.

USING CANNED FOOD:

  • Open the can and shake the loaf of food out of the can.
  • Cut the loaf into ¼ inch thick slices and then cut the slices into bite-sized pieces.
  • Bake the treats in a microwave oven on high for approximately 2.5-3 minutes.
  • For a conventional oven, follow the instructions above and place the bite-sized pieces on an un-greased cookie sheet and bake at 350°F for approximately 30 minutes or until crispy.

USING DRY FOOD:

  • In a blender, add 2 cups of dry food and grind into a powder.
  • Pour powder into a mixing bowl and gradually add about 1 to 1 ¼  cups of water stirring until it forms a dough consistency.
  • Shape into a “treat” or “cookie” and flatten the dough using the back of a spoon (the cookies will not flatten like standard “people cookies” do).
  • Place treats on an un-greased cookie sheet and bake in the oven at 350°F for approximately 30 minutes or until crispy.
  • Oregano powder can be sprinkled over the treats after baking to enhance the flavor (do not add to the Prescription Diet Z/D homemade treats).

Yields about two dozen treats. Have fun – use cookie cutters!

Store baked treats in the refrigerator and discard leftovers after 5-7 days.

Homemade treats should not exceed 10% for your pet’s total daily intake because heat alters the nutritional characteristics of the food.