It has been proven for decades that oatmeal can prevent heart diseases, and it is a wonderful aid for digestion. Oatmeal cleans up toxins while giving bulk to the food, making it a wonderful agent to help reduce weight, not only for humans but for dogs as well. Obesity in dogs, like in humans, can cause several problems such as cardiac problem and joint problems. In some breeds like dachshund, obesity may lead to slip disk problems. Whether you want to keep your dog in shape or you plan to have your dog on a diet, this treat is a great substitute for the conventional dog treats you often see at the market.
This basic oatmeal dog treats recipe is very easy to make. If you are just starting to make your own dog treats then this is the best recipe for you to start with. You can experiment on this recipe and find out the perfect flavor that your dogs will love.
3 cups rolled oatmeal (Do not use the instant kind)
1 cup flour (rice or wheat)
2 pieces medium sized eggs
1/2 cup water
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F or 177 degrees C. Line your pan with a cookie sheet. This will help prevent the treats from sticking to the pan without the aid of additional grease. Sift the flour.
- In a large bowl, combine the water and the eggs and whisk until smooth and without lumps. Add the flour, mixing it in gradually. Add the oatmeal to the dough gradually and mix. If you think it is too dry, add a tablespoon of water. Make sure it does not get runny if you plan to add more water.
- With a spoon, scoop a part of the dough and drop it on the pan lined with cookie sheet. Make sure there is at least one inch in between the dough as they will still expand. If you have a small dog, you can a teaspoon instead to make bite size pieces.
- Cook this in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes. You can check if it is done by using a toothpick. Stick the toothpick into the treat. If there is some dough sticking to the toothpick, then it means it needs more time to cook. Remember, not all ovens are the same! The right amount of time for your oven may not work on mine.
- Once done, take out the pan and allow to cool before serving the treat to your dog or before storing.
- This recipe will yield around 60 (2 inch size) pieces of treats. Remember, these treats will last for a week in regular dog treat jars, a month in the refrigerator or three months in the freezer.
Just a few notes:
You can substitute beef, chicken or pork stock for the water and add dried meat to the dough. Just make sure it does not contain any MSG.
Never add raisin, chocolate or grape in this recipe. These are poisonous to your dog.