Christmas leftovers to Homemade Dog treats!
Here’s one thing many of us can be sure of as we wind up the Christmas festivities and head into New Year, and that’s a fridge and cupboard full of leftovers.
It’s not good to waste food, however, if done correctly you can create some fab treats for your dog from the festive leftovers that will be naturally good and tasty.
As a London dog walker, I always try my best to lead by example when it comes to treating my dogs, so I’ve put together a couple of recipes to use up those leftovers and treat your pet at the same time!
Healthy Dog Treat Recipe
These are a delicious treat and work well to use up all the meats you’ve accumulated over Christmas.
- 1 cup lean meat chopped into very small pieces (try and use pieces without spices or fat if you can)
- 2 eggs (as a binding agent)
- 1 tablespoon flaxseed oil for its omega 3 oils (these are great good for skin and coat)
- 1 cup oatmeal
- ½ cup flour
Mix until all ingredients are well blended. Place a piece of wax paper or parchment onto a baking tray to prevent sticking, then form small balls and place about an inch apart on the baking tray, but remember to adjust the size of the ball to the size of dog receiving the treats.
Bake in a 350-degree oven for about 45 minutes, checking often. If you’re making smaller balls, the time taken to bake will be shorter, however. Turn off the oven and let the treats sit in the oven for another 45 minutes to become hard, then remove treats to a cooling rack. Once cool, move to an airtight container (resealable storage bag or plastic bowl) and store in the refrigerator.
These treats will last 2 to 3 days in the refrigerator, so freeze extras and thaw quantities as needed.
Pea and turkey patties
Edible for both people and pets, this is another great recipe for dogs that makes for a nice hearty treat after a long winter walk
- A quarter cup of cooked skinless shredded chicken
- 2 tbsp. breadcrumbs
- Half a cup of cooked brown rice
- Half an ounce of thawed or fresh peas
- 2 tbsp. of fresh parsley, finely chopped
- 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
Mix all of the ingredients up in a large bowl, and then press into patties that are around half an inch in size. Fry in the olive oil, turning once until golden brown on both sides (around 6 minutes is usually enough. Then take the patties out of the pan and leave them to cool.
You don’t have to use Turkey for this one, other meats work just as well. Do remember to check for stray bones and remove them, otherwise, you’ll be doing your dog more harm than good! Also, make sure the meat you’re using doesn’t have too much spice.
1. Leftover turkey or other meats
2. Half a grated sweet potato
3. Half a cup of oat bran
4. Half a cup of grated carrot
5. 2 Eggs (free range are best)
These are super easy to make. Simply blend all ingredients, place into a loaf tin (but remember to grease it first), and bake for about an hour at 375 degrees F. Once cooled, cut into small treat-sized squares.
All these are so easy to make and you’ll really feel like you’re treating your dog s well as being a responsible dog owner. Better still, your dog will LOVE them!
Remember not to overfeed your dog as this can lead not only to weight gain but the possibility of an upset tummy.