dog eating treat

If you’re like most of us, you’ve probably found yourself with a little (or a lot of) extra time on your hands lately. Staring at the same four walls can get a little old, and there are only so many projects to finish or Netflix series to binge. Spending a little extra quality time with Fido or Fluffy may be just the thing to ease the tension and boredom of another long afternoon. 

While we highly recommend walks, fetch, and games of feather chase (meow!), whipping up a batch of DIY pet treats is also high on the list. We’ve found some scrumptious, and healthy, ideas your pet is sure to go bananas for – and that won’t add a ton of extra calories to their diet!

DIY Pet Treats

Most DIY pet treats can be made from ingredients you have in your fridge or pantry already. Just think of them as a cookie you would never eat (as in, strange ingredients and no sugar)! Plus, it’s incredibly satisfying to offer your pet something healthy and homemade. The following recipes are simple to prepare and contain only 5 ingredients or less:

Dry Them Out

If you have access to a food dehydrator the options for DIY pet treats are nearly endless. Try this recipe for chicken jerky or these super healthy sweet potato chews. Both cats and dogs will go crazy for this mackerel mix food topper.

Keep It Simple

Plain old fruits and vegetables are highly nutritious, low calorie treats that many pets enjoy. Bonus, it’s almost no extra work for you!

Any of the following veggies add cancer-fighting nutrients to your pet’s diet, just make sure to serve them lightly steamed:

  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Bell peppers
  • Cauliflower
  • Green beans
  • Cucumbers
  • Pumpkin 
  • Squash
  • Sweet Potato
  • Zucchini 

Fresh fruits are higher in sugar and should be given in smaller amounts, peeled, cored, and de-seeded. Be sure to avoid grapes, raisins, and citrus fruits

  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Watermelon
  • Bananas
  • Berries
  • Pineapple
  • Peaches
  • Plums
  • Apricots 

We’d love to see what you’ve been creating for your pet! Post a photo to our Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital Facebook page, or let us know the next time we see you. In the meantime, don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns you have about your sweet pet.