As dog owners, we often put so much time and effort into choosing the right dog food.
But what about the right dog treats?
Even owners with the best intentions can unwittingly give their dog treats that are unsuitable for their tummies.
This isn’t great, as unsuitable or highly-fatty treats can often lead to conditions requiring a trip to the vet, such as pancreatitis.
Creating your own healthy dog treats
The great news is that it’s actually pretty easy to make your own healthy dog treats at home.
In this blog, we’ve shared our favourite recipe for Peanut Butter Balls – a truly yummy, scrummy treat that your dog will go wild for!
Peanut Butter Balls are also perfect for hiding worming tablets. One chomp, and they’ll be gone!
But do you know what the absolute best bit about this recipe is? You don’t even have to use the oven… result!
Peanut Butter Balls for Pups
- 90g Rolled Oats
- 250g Peanut Butter – try to find one with no or low salt content, or ideally use one specifically for dogs such as Peamutt Butter
- 125g Plain Yoghurt
- Grab the yoghurt and the peanut butter and whisk together to make a paste like texture.
- Next, add the oats a little at a time, making sure they are fully coated in the peanut butter paste and you can’t spot any dry ones. The mixture by now will be stodgy and sticky.
- Using a spoon, scoop out portions that are bite size for your dog and use your hands to roll them into balls. Do this gently and slowly, as too much squeezing and the balls will fall apart.
- Using a flat tray, pop them on a piece of baking paper.
- Place in the fridge for one hour so they can set.
This recipe makes up to 30 treats (depending on what ‘bite-size’ means for the size of dog you have!)
Keep them in an air-tight container, stored in the fridge and they will last up to 10 days.
Remember, treats are designed to be part of a balanced diet.
If you have given your dog a few more than usual, be sure to adjust his regular dog food portion so he’s not eating more than he should be.
When you need to give your dog their regular treatment to get rid of worms, just pop the tablet inside the peanut butter ball to help disguise your plans!
Your dog should be quick to gobble down the treat you’ve so lovingly made, none the wiser, and you’ll be looking after his health in more ways than one.
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