Pet Friendly Recipes

Flapjacks are one of my personal favourites, and they can also make a good tasty dog treat. They’re mainly made of oats, which are one of the best sources of carbohydrate for your dog, as they’re high in essential fatty acids, protein and minerals, including the all-important calcium.

Their usual downside is the high levels of sugar and fat, but I’ve reduced both in this recipe so it’s not too rich – however, I’d still be cautious about offering this to your dog if he’s having trouble with his weight, and in general it’s definitely a recipe to cook, store, and give in small amounts.

 

You will need:

• 100g margarine

• 125g porridge oats

• 50g self-raising flour

• 2 tablespoons cornflour

• 1 teaspoon mustard

• 2 tablespoons olive oil

• 2 rashers bacon

 

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Method

1.  Fry the bacon until crispy and, when cool, cut into little pieces. Keep the oil from the pan to hand.

2.  Meanwhile, mix together the margarine, oats and flour and corn flour in a large bowl. Add in the mustard, chopped bacon and olive oil, mix thoroughly and then press into a greased baking tray.

3.  Drizzle the fat left over in the frying pan over the mixture before putting it into a hot oven (190℃ Gas mark 5) for 20 minutes.

  

The content of this article should not replace the advice given to you by your vet. If you are in any doubt, please refer back to your pets veterinary surgeon  

If you want to have a bit of fun with your dog, these treats are great. They are basically hard balls of oatmeal pastry wrapped around a hardboiled egg, and are designed to keep your dog happy as she chases it around trying to crack it open and get to the tasty egg and cheese centre.

The recipe makes 5, but they need to be eaten within a few days, so why not give a few away to doggie-loving friends (or pass them off as Scotch Eggs at a dinner party if you’re feeling mean!)

 

You will need:

Makes approx 5 balls

• 50g butter or margarine

• 75g rolled oats

• 75g flour

• 6 eggs

• ½ teaspoon Marmite

• 50g grated cheese

 

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Method

1.  Firstly, hard-boil 5 of the six eggs (about 8 minutes is fine) and remove the shells.

2.  Then to make the crunchy outer, rub the butter, oats and flour together to form a crumbly mix. Then beat in the remaining egg, mix in the Marmite and gradually add just enough hot water to make a sticky but firm dough.

3.  Roll this out thinly on a floury board and cut into five equal squares. Now sprinkle a little cheese on each square, and place an egg in the middle of each one.

4.  Wrap up the dough to completely enclose the egg and place the finished balls on a well-greased baking tray.

5.  Cook for 25 minutes in a moderate oven, allow to cool and let the games begin!

  

The content of this article should not replace the advice given to you by your vet. If you are in any doubt, please refer back to your pets veterinary surgeon  

This is the ideal summertime doggy treat – and it’s pretty good health-wise as well. Yoghurt is basically milk that has had the sugar converted to lactic acid by bacteria, and it’s these bacteria which give yoghurt its healthy properties. It’s full of calcium for strong bones, good quality protein, and vitamins A and B.

The peanut butter is high in fat, but dogs do need fat as it contains lots of essential fatty acids as well as energy. This treat is really ideal for working or active dogs who’ve been out in the hot summer burning off lots of energy.

 

You will need:

• A large pot of plain live yoghurt

• 4 desert spoons of natural organic peanut butter

 

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Method

1.  Put the peanut butter into a microwave-safe dish and cook in the microwave until soft (30 seconds).

2.  Then mix into the yoghurt in a large bowl and pour into paper cupcake cases.

3.  Place these on a tray and freeze them.

4.  To serve, simply whip one out of the freezer when you come in, and turn it out into the dog’s bowl.

  

The content of this article should not replace the advice given to you by your vet. If you are in any doubt, please refer back to your pets veterinary surgeon  

 

Every dog I’ve ever known loves bacon, which is why these lovely chewy treats are such a winner.

They’re made of crunchy pieces of bacon in a chewy dough made from liver, egg and flour, and they are brilliant as training treats.

So cook up a batch and keep them to hand for an occasional reward or training titbit

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For a decent sized batch you will need:

• 225g liver

• 1 egg

• 1 cup flour

• ¼ teaspoon oregano

• 2 rashers bacon

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 Method

1.  Fry the bacon until just crisp, and then allow to cool before cutting up into tiny pieces. Keep the fat from the cooking as you’ll need that in a minute.

2.  Next, put the liver into the blender and whiz until it forms a thick red sludge. Pour in the fat from the frying pan (wait until it has cooled a little), break in the egg, and sprinkle in the oregano.

3.  Fire up the blender again and continue to mix for a few seconds, until it forms a nice, uniform paste. Then pour it into a large mixing bowl and add in the bacon and mix well.

4.  Finally, add the flour and mix in to form a thick dough which you can roll out and divide into grape-sized pieces.

5.  Place these on a well-greased baking tray and cook in a moderate oven for half an hour.

The content of this article should not replace the advice given to you by your vet. If you are in any doubt, please refer back to your pets veterinary surgeon

There’s nothing quite like this hearty stew for warming the inner dog after he’s been out for a long winter walk.

It’s full of healthy veg and low in fat and salt, which makes it another great all-rounder. Best served warm, on a cold day. 

As you know - chocolate is a BIG no-no for dogs - but that doesn't mean that they have to miss out!

Here is a really easy recipe for you to make your dog their very own dogfriendly Easter Egg! 

 

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You Will Need

Mini Easter Egg Mould

300g of Carob drops

Pyrex Bowl 

Saucepan (needs to be slightly smaller than the bowl)

 

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Method

1. Place the carob drops into a heatproof bowl.

2. Fill the saucepan about a third full with water and place the bowl on top. Warm the water gradually and stir the carob until its all melted

3.  Spoon the melted carob evenly into each egg mould

4.  Place in the fridge until set.

5.  Once set - remove from mould.

Now repeat steps 1 - 3 to make the other half of the egg

6. Once you hve filled each egg mould for the second time - place a set egg half on top of it.

7. Put in the fridge to set once again -  for at least an hour.

8.  Take them out of the fridge and remove from their moulds.

 

If you wrap the eggs in cellophane or foil please ensure that you remove before feeding to your dog.

 

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The Mutts Nuts Dog Biscuits

Ingredients

110g of smooth peanut butter (the one with no added anything, just peanuts)

85g of honey

1 tablespoon of virgin coconut oil

225ml of homemade chicken stock

150g rolled oats

250g coconut flour

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Method

Heat the oven to 175C, 350F or gas 4.

1.  Mix together the peanut butter, honey, coconut oil and chicken broth. In a separate bowl, combine the rolled oats and coconut flour.

2.  Tip the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Mix together well until you have a dough you can roll out. If the mix is too dry add a little water or left over stock. If it’s too wet add a little more flour.

3.  On a floured surface roll the dough out to about ¼ inch thick. Use a small cutter to cut out the biscuits, whichever size is right for your dog.

4.  Transfer the biscuits to a lined baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes or until done.

5.  Leave to cool for a minute then transfer on to a cooling rack.

These will keep in an airtight container for up to a week. Or you can freeze them.  

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DIY recipe from leading Veterinary Surgeon and Homeopath, Sue Armstrong MA VetMB VetMFHom CertlAVH MRCVS RSHOM, from the Balanced Being Veterinary Centre

 

DIY recipe

Feeding guide for dogs fed twice a day:

10kg dog - 100g per meal

15kg dog - 150g per meal

20kg dog - 200g per meal

 

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You will need

For one meal (half daily allowance) based on a 10kg adult dog

90g of diced chicken or turkey

10g of ground or pureed vegetables. We recommend carrot, broccoli, butternut squash or leafy greens.

Avoid other root vegetables such as potato or swede and peas. 
No onion

x 1 Teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar


x 1 Dessertspoon raw egg and half the egg shell - the egg shell is replacing the calcium and phosphorous that you would normally get with the ground bone you find in commercial raw diets and complete home-made diets.

x 1 Teaspoon Salmon oil or Flax oil

10g offal e.g. lambs liver, kidney or heart (at least twice a week)

 

 

Method

1. Place all of the ingredients into a bowl and mix throughly.

2. Can be fed immediately or alternatively, place the mix into a suitable container and place in the fridge for up to 3 days.

3. If you wish to freeze it, place in a suitable container. Be sure to clearly label the container with the date. Can be kept frozen for up to 3 months. Defrost thoroughly before use.

Always wash your hands throughly after handling raw meat.

The content of this article should not replace the advice given to you by your vet. If you are in any doubt, please refer back to your pets veterinary surgeon

 

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Conversion

66 Pound Dog – 10.5 oz. per meal

You will need:

For one meal (half-daily allowance) based on a 66lb dog = 3 oz. of diced chicken or turkey.

X2 = 6 oz. (one day)  {2lb, 10 oz. = 1-week}  [5lb, 4 oz. = 2-weeks]


35 oz. of ground or pureed vegetables. We recommend carrot, broccoli, butternut squash or leafy greens.

X2 = .7 oz. (one day) {4.9 oz. = 1-week} [9.8 oz. = 2-weeks]

Avoid other root vegetables such as potato or swede and peas.  No onion

1 tsp of Apple Cider Vinegar.

X2 = 2 tsp (one day) {.3 cup = 1-week}  [.6 cup = 2-weeks] 


2 tsp raw egg and half the egg shell - the egg shell is replacing the calcium and phosphorous that you would normally get with the ground bone you find in commercial raw diets and complete home-made diets.

X2 = 4 tsp (one day) {.58 cup = 1-week} [1.2 cups = 2-weeks]

1 tsp Salmon or Flax oil.
X2 = 2 tsp (one day) {.3 cup = 1-week} [.6 cup = 2-weeks]


35 oz. offal e.g. lambs liver, kidney or heart (at least twice a week)
X2 = .7 oz. (one day) {4.9 oz. = 1-week} [1lb = 2-weeks]

 

 

Fish On Fridays!

 

Oats are one of the healthiest sources of carbohydrate for your dog – they contain lots of minerals including calcium, which is vital for healthy bones, as well as being rich in soluble fibre.

This recipe, which combines the goodness of oats with the healthy fish oils found in trout, is perfect for all dogs, little and large, and can be fed as often as you like.

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You Will Need:

1 medium-sized fresh trout

2 medium potatoes (about 300g)

50g butter

1 tablespoon chopped parsley

1 egg yolk

2 tablespoons gluten-free flour

1 egg

50g rolled oats

1 tablespoon oil

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Method

1.  Boil the spuds (skins on, cut into chunks) until they are soft, and then mash them with half of the butter. Meanwhile, separately boil the whole trout in a pan of water for ten minutes. Then fish it out, without losing the water, and remove the flesh from the bones.

2. Put the bones, head and skin back into the water and let it simmer for half an hour.

3. Add the de-boned fish, parsley, half the butter and egg yolk to the mashed potato and mix thoroughly. Form the mixture into about 6 fish cakes and leave them in the fridge to chill for about an hour.

4. While the cakes are chilling, gently cook 2 tablespoons of the flour with the remaining butter for a minute or so, and then gradually add a ½ pint of the stock from the simmering fish remains. Continue to stir until the gravy thickens, before turning off the heat and leaving to cool.

5. Remove the cakes from the fridge and dust them in flour. Then beat the egg and dip each cake into it, before rolling them in the oat flakes. Then fry the cakes for 5 minutes on each side in the oil.

6. Once the cakes have cooled, pour over the gravy and serve.

 

There’s nothing better for your dog’s teeth than crunching on hard foods such as dried kibbles.

But feeding the same old biscuits day after day can get a little dull for the dog, so here’s a recipe for some healthy home-cooked kibbles which can be mixed in with his normal dinner, or fed as an alternative every now and then.