Before we look at some recipes for organic dog food and treats, there are some things which you should be made aware of. Some foods, which we would consider healthy for ourselves, can be poisonous to our dogs.
o You should not use chocolate when making treats for your dog but use carob as a substitute.
o Onions, although great for us, can cause anemia in dogs and should be avoided regardless of whether they are cooked or raw.
o Grapes are also bad for your dog and can be toxic. This includes raisins, which are dried grapes.
o Macadamia nuts can cause a temporary paralysis in your dog as well as fever and pain.
Rather than give a range of recipes for organic dog food and treats, I will give one basic recipe and some alternatives which you can use to add some variety. The most important thing to remember is to ensure that the ingredients that you use are all good quality and organically grown. This includes sourcing the meat from a good organic supplier who you can trust.
A basic biscuit – this is one of those recipes for organic dog food and treats that is very flexible. They can be cut small and used as an addition with a meal, or cut larger and used as a treat for training etc.
You will need:
1 cup of finely ground beef
1 cup of beef stock
¼ cup of vegetable oil
¼ cup of milk
1 pack of gelatine
4 ½ cups flour
o To make you simply add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix well.
o Roll this out to the thickness that you require, usually about ¼ inch, and cut to the shape and size that you require. (You may find it easier to roll the mixture after leaving it to chill in the refrigerator for a while.) The best size is around 1″ – 1 ½” but this can vary according whether you wish to use them as a biscuit for meal times or a treat. You can also take into account the size of your pet! A huge for a tiny dog would obviously be unsuitable.
o Bake the biscuits at 300 degrees for one hour on cookie sheets.
o Remove and cool and store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.
Remember that these kind of recipes for organic dog food and treats will contain no preservatives at all and must be used kept well stored and used within a few days.
To produce a variety you could use organic chicken or liver instead of the beef. I have often found that dogs are particularly fond of mature cheese. If you are using the biscuits as a treat, you cold substitute the ground beef for shredded organic cheddar cheese. Any of these biscuits can be partially dipped in carob if you want to make a special treat. These are guaranteed to bring out the best behaviour in your dog. This is just one of many recipes for organic dog food and treats that are available, but it is flexible, quick and easy and means that you know that your dog is getting a good quality, organic biscuit.
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