Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
It is just as important to look after our canine friends’ diet as it is our own. Dog food is often advertised as having healthy ingredients but quite the opposite is true. When you start to read canine food labels you soon realize that their food is full of artificial ingredients, and even more parabens than human food. Dried dog food contains ash which can be anything from bone meal to dried meats not fit for human consumption. I always ask myself why our dogs should be made to eat something which is not fit for human consumption. What guarantees do we have it is actually fit for anyone’s consumption?
Essential fatty acids such as Omega 3 and vitamins are just as important to a dog's daily diet as they are to our diet. We need to make sure that our dogs get the same vital ingredients for to maintain good health as we do. Fresh food is much richer in vitamins and minerals than ready made, and this is another reason why I choose to prepare my own dog food.
I am lucky to be able to share my life with two dogs: Gonzo and Sadie. Gonzo is a tiny little Yorkshire terrier, and Sadie is a German Shepherd cross. Poor little Gonzo’s health was really bad when I found him, and one of his problems was his skin. I soon realized how important a healthy diet is to dogs, and both of my dogs now eat only home-cooked food. Not only is it better for them but I am also saving a lot of money on basics such as snacks and treats. And who ever said that dogs do not like vegetables and grains - the truth is they love it. Both Gonzo and Sadie are happy to eat home made snacks, and they love main courses with soya. Needless to say they are both healthy, and appear to have so much more energy than other dogs. The best way to learn how to cook for your dogs is to start by making some simple snacks. I thought I would start sharing some of my healthy dog snack recipes with you, and I will explain why I include certain ingredients and how they can benefit your dog.
Honey Dog Biscuits
5 0z (150 grams) whole wheat flour
5 0z (150 grams) porridge oats
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 oz (30 grams) butter
2 tablespoons honey
3 fl oz (100 ml) milk
Flour for dusting
Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl, and then make sure you knead thoroughly. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (200 C), and cover a baking sheet with baking parchment. I roll the dough out to about ½ inch (1cm) think. The dough can be a bit sticky because of the honey so make sure you have floured the surface well. I use a cookie cutter to cut out round shapes but you can make your biscuits any shape. Place them on the baking sheet a small distance apart, and bake for about 15 – 20 minutes. After about twenty minutes turn off the oven but leave the biscuits in the oven to dry for a further two hours. If your oven stays very hot leave the door open a little bit. A batch makes about twenty biscuits.
If your dog suffers with very bad arthritis add some fresh ginger which adds to the anti-inflammatory properties of this healthy dog biscuit. Honey contains strong anti-inflammatory properties, and can help to ease the pain of arthritis. It also has a slight sedative action as it contains tryptophan which is a natural amino acid. Milk also contains tryptophan so the two together make up the perfection combination. This is a very good biscuit for young and adult dogs. Sadie, 6 months, loves a couple of biscuits before bed time and my older dog, Gonzo, enjoys his in the morning. I will let you in on a secret . . . husbands have been known to enjoy these biscuits as well.