Patty collects recipes and gadgets from the past and is interested in early American history, the Civil War, and the 19th century.
Cooking Healthy Foods For Your Dog
Increasingly throughout America, people are cooking main foods and treats for their own pets. I see friends cooking for their dogs and cats and think it may be a good idea. One friend began cooking rice and hamburger for her dog when his stomach was upset, at the suggestion of her veterinarian. This progressed to cooking more often and her dog seem to love it!
This is an extension of the trend more natural and healthier eating among the human, cat, and dog members of the family. Many pets seem to be going vegetarian when their owners do the same. If you are considering this move, check with your veterinarian, because some animal need to have meat in their diets.
Big cats in the zoo come to mind, but house cats and dogs may also need meat. Check with your vet in order to ensure the proper diet for your beloved pet.
I can haz homemade treats?
Homemade Recipe For Dog Treats
I was not able to find a ready-made sweet potato and bacon dog biscuit or similarly flavored treat, but can share this homemade recipe below, if you'd like to make your own.
You can decide exactly how much bacon to use in your recipe and you can adjust the spices up or down as you and your dog please.
For a change, you can cut a sweet potato into quarters lengthwise and bake the quarters in a slow oven or process then in a food dehydrator until crunchy. Some dogs enjoy these alone and you don't have to cook further. You might like them for a snack as well.
After the recipe is presented, a collection of similar ready made treats your dog might enjoy appear for your consideration.
Muffin Pans Are Great For Dog Treat Baking
Bacon Sweet Potato Dog Treats
- 1 Large orange sweet potato – Sweet potatoes come in a range of shades from light yellow to deep orange. Find out which your dog prefers. Yams are not sweet potatoes, but are tubers that are long and really ugly looking and have a light color.
- 3 Whole eggs, lightly beaten in a small bowl
- 3/4 Cup unsweetened applesauce
- ¼ - ½ Cup hard-cooked, crumbled bacon.
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 1/4 tsp ginger – Go light on spices unless you know your pet likes them and they’ll do no harm. The ginger might be a bit hot.
- 2 Cups whole wheat flour
- 1 Cup oats – like Quaker oats in the cylindrical box.
- Cooking spray – check for natural ingredients, otherwise use vegetable oil.
- Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
- Cooking spray or oil a muffin pan – large muffins or small muffins is your choice.
- Wash the sweet potato and prick holes all around it with a fork.
- You can microwave the potato until well softened, or you can turn up the oven to 350 degrees F and bake it for about 30 minutes or until done.
- Set cooked potato aside until it has cooled enough to pick up in your hands.
- Rub off the peel and put the potato into a medium sized bowl.
- Add eggs, applesauce, and bacon and mix well. Set aside
- In a larger mixing bowl, combine the seasonings, whole wheat flour, and oats (dry ingredients) and mix well with your hands.
- Form a depression in the middle of the dry ingredients with your hands and put the sweet potato mix into it.
- Carefully mix the dry and wet ingredients together thoroughly to form a dough.
- Fill muffin pans half full of the dough.
- Make sure the oven is at 300 degrees F.
- Bake 25-30 minutes for large muffins, and about 15 minutes for small muffins.
- Remove doggie muffins from the oven and cool pans on a cooling rack for 5 minutes or so.
- Turn out the muffins and cool to room temperature on cooling racks.
- Store in an air-tight container.
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Two pans of healthy doggie muffins
Please have your dog rate our treats recipe!
Home Cooking and Food Safety for Pets
The following places contain many useful ideas for additional home cooking ideas for your pets.
- Founders Veterinary Clinic - Home cooking and home made dog food
- The Pet Cafe, Recipes for Birds - At Cockatiel Cottage, you'll find dozens of good recipes.
You may not yet have considered cooking for your favorite pets, but many of the recipes for pet foods are simple and take little time. Let me know in the Comments section below, if you find any particularly good ones!
Pet Food Alerts And Safety
If you are concerned about pet food safety at any time, the following organizations may help.
- US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) - Recalls and Safety Alerts. The FDA is glad to carry information about pet foods as well as for human foods. This agency also carries information about food for farm animals.
- Animal & Veterinary - Specialized FDA animal division.
- Pet Food Alert (petfoodalert) - Twitter postings fast, as information is received.
© 2009 Patty Inglish MS
Comments and Suggestions
Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on February 09, 2012:
These really are pretty good. Thanks for reading. tell us how your dog likes them!
ScottiesRock from Eastern PA on February 09, 2012:
Sounds great! I will have to make this for my pups. Thanks
Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on April 25, 2011:
That's good to hear! Thanks for commenting and letting us know your success with the recipes. Smart dogs to help wash up!
Pro Pet First Aid from Essex UK on April 25, 2011:
We thought we would give this a go. Both our dogs loved it, they even helped washing up!
plentyofpuppies on August 21, 2010:
The sweet potato and bacon recipe looks great, too bad it is for the dog and not me :(
I bet it is also very healthy!
jamesbrownbete from Philippines on May 07, 2010:
Wow, I love this treat!
zzron from Houston, TX. on January 23, 2010:
This is really neato. LOL :)
lisadpreston from Columbus, Ohio on December 18, 2009:
What a wonderful idea. I guess I've been practicing this without knowing it. Mini, my dog, eats whatever I eat so in some ways I guess ive been cooking for my dog. Mini AND I MUST TRY THE SWEET POTATOE AND BACON RECIPE. You have our mouths watering!
Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on December 18, 2009:
Great! Now I'm hungry too...
Dale Mazurek from Canada on December 18, 2009:
Hell this recipe sounds like it is good enough for me never mind the dogs.
I think pet ownership has come a long way in the last decade or so and people really are treating their pets more like they are part of the family.
I know if my chocolate lab was still alive this would be something that would have the drool pouring from his mouth.
What a great hub for dog owners.
Hello, hello, from London, UK on December 17, 2009:
What makes me think you love dogs? A great recipe. Thank you