Many people come into the clinic and ask what treats are appropriate for a pet with a sensitive stomach or are the healthiest options. Animals with food sensitivities, chronic GI issues or sensitive tummies in general can be hard to find appropriate treats for. There are hundreds of pet treats on the market today, it can be overwhelming to find one where you know what all the ingredients are or trust they are good for your pet.
Luckily, we’ve put together a couple of recipe ideas, so even the pickiest pooch or fickle feline can be rewarded with a tasty treat.
Formulated by one of our clients for her dog Lincoln, who cannot eat anything other than his gastrointestinal diet; using Medical Gastrointestinal Low Fat:
- Make wafer thing patties on an ungreased cookie sheet
- Place in oven at 225 ̊ F for about an hour (check to make sure they aren’t burning!)
- Reduce heat to 200 ̊F for about an hour, until cookies are completely dry
- Serve. Yum!
*We think you could use any canned diet, canine or feline, to make your own variation of these cookies. Temperature and length of cooking may vary on size and desired consistency of cookie, as well as fat content and consistency of canned diet. If you have successfully made cookies from your pet’s canned food please share your recipes!
Chicken Nugget Treats
These simple treats provide a great base to add in any other of your pet’s favorite ingredients.
Things you’ll need:
-½ lb chicken breasts, cubed
-¾ cup water
OPTIONAL: 2 ¼ cup ground flax (can substitute oat bran or rice bran)
Preheat the oven to 350 ̊ F. In a pot, boil chicken in water, save cooking water.
Add cooked chicken and water into a blender, blend until a batter like consistency. Optional, add ground flax, pulse until all ingredients well mixed.
Roll batter into one inch balls, place on a cooking sheet. Use a wet spoon to slightly flatten and bake for 20-25 minutes.
Yields 30 cookies, size of cookie can be adjusted for small dog or cat, and reduce baking time.
Crunchy Dog Biscuits
These crunchy cookies have been known to entice even the pickiest of pups (For dogs only).
What you’ll need:
-1 cup uncooked oatmeal
-1 TBSP bouillon granules
-0.75 cup powdered milk
-1 egg beaten
-1/3 cup margarine
-3/4 cup cornmeal
-3 cups whole wheat flour
-1.5 cups hot water
In a large bowl pour the hot water over the oatmeal, margarine and bouillon. Let stand for 5 minutes. Stir in the milk powder, cornmeal and egg. Add flour ½ cup at a time.
Knead for 3-4 minutes, until a stiff dough forms. Cut dough into ½ inch thick cookies and bake at 325̊ F for 50 minutes.