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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Vitamin Chicken Dog Biscuits

With the high expenses of commercial food, dog owners are showing interest on homemade varieties . Homemade food is rich in protein and vitamins, tasty and less expensive..not to mention chemical free....

I did a little research into dog nutrition, and started cooking for my dogs. I think if more pet owners saw the raw ingredients that get shipped to pet food manufacturers, they would start cooking for their pets, too...

Veterinarians receive very little training in nutrition.  You will notice at the vets office that they sell relatively poor quality foods, generally only one big brand that provides incentives to the clinic.  I understand that 'check with your vet' is more of a liability disclaimer, but everyone really should research the proper diet for their pet on their own. I have 12 year old rescue Pomeranian and I always prepare her homemade food. 

     Do you know dogs can live 27 years! Please don't give them commercial food.

The type of meals you feed your pet greatly enhances your pet’s health and greatly improves the relationship between you and your pet. It is important to select pet meals that will add value to your pet’s health rather than junk foods which will just make your pet obese and have no nutritional value...
Our animals give us so much happiness. We feel blessed everyday they are in our lives. They are family members with tons of love to give and it is our goal to give them a natural and holistic lifestyle. So why should you go thru the hassle of making your pet's food, other than they are a family member?

  1. You can  get the best quality  ingredients. Even when ingredients are listed on a commercial pet food label, you won't know the quality.
  2. When you make pet  food at home, you eliminate contamination by bacteria and fungi , including the nasty chemicals to produce the  color, texture, shelf life and taste that often cause health problems including cancer . 
  3. You won’t be  misled by the lies of being balanced and complete when they are not.
  4. Doing it yourself gives you more control over special-needs diets.  Older, and picky pets often need special attention. My older Pom needs glucosamine Chondroitin for her hips, so I add it to the recipe. If your pet has dry skin, fish oil can be added. Talk to your vet if you have questions about things your fur baby  could use in their diet. 

What dog couldn't use a little pampering now and then? When the time comes for that special reward, your dog will devour these cookie-texture treats...Before you start your recipe, you will want to prepare your protein.

You will need 2 to 4  cooked chicken breasts

~2 for a half batch
~4 for a full batch

  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Remove any excess fat from the chicken. Turn the chicken breast on its side and use a paring knife to slice the chicken breast into 1/8 inch thick strips.
  3. Set the strips on a baking sheet. Bake for 2 hours.
  4. Check the chicken before removing from the oven. It should be dry and hard, not soft or chewy. Allow the chicken to cool completely before adding to recipe.

Now...on with the recipe........

Biscuit Recipe

  • 2 1/2 cups oatmeal flour{oatmeal ground in blender}.... whole wheat flour can be substituted 
  • 1/2 cup nonfat dry milk powder
  • 1 teaspoon peanut butter
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder {keeps fleas off your doggie}
  • 1 egg—beaten
  • ¼ c. cooked, shredded  oven dried chicken (canned is fine also)
  • Low-Sodium, organic chicken broth (enough to make a stiff dough)
  • 1 crushed multi vitamin
  • 1 cup low sodium chicken broth

  • Optional: ¼ c. shredded carrots


    Combine flour and powdered milk  in a medium sized bowl. Add beaten egg, chicken, peanut butter, vitamin and chicken broth, mix well Dough should be very stiff. Add more broth if necessary
    On a well floured surface, roll out dough to ¼ inch thickness. 
    Cut with cookie cutters (I like bones or chickens)

    Place biscuits on cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. (Cooking longer at a lower temperature will dry them out more and make them last longer.) 

    Vitamins can improve the quality of your pet's life. They help regulate body processes,protect the body from environmental toxins, and break down nutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins, and fats so the body can utilize them. Vitamins work with minerals and enzymes for digestion, reproduction, muscle and bone growth, and maintenance of healthy skin and haircoat.

    Older animals tend to absorb fewer vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes through the intestinal tract, and lose more of them through the kidneys and urinary tract. Also, some older animals eat less (due to conditions such as oral disease) and may not receive their daily needs of vitamins and minerals. Some evidence in other species suggest that antioxidants such as vitamins A, E, and C (beta-carotene) may play a role in protecting against some normal aging processes. A large percentage of older dogs suffer from arthritis. I recommend a daily supplement containing Foxxy has hip dysplasia, and I see a considerable difference... 

    Please consult with your vet before following recipes you find on this blog or elsewhere on the internet. Different breeds and different ages of dogs have different nutritional requirements. You need to have the proper combination of protein, fat, carbs, vitamins and minerals or you may end up doing your dog more harm than good.