Healthy Homemade Dog Food Ideas and Treats to Try

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Dogs, much like humans, are also prone to developing heat rashes and dry skin. And sometimes, the food they eat contribute to the problem at hand. It’s worthy to note that most dog foods commercially being sold contain a lot of meat by-products, junk, and fillers which any conscientious dog owner would not want their pets to be eating.

One way to solve this dilemma is to switch to organic dog food and treats, however, the costs can be too high at times.  For examples, a small bag of organic dog treats can cost roughly $10. So to save a bit of money, a lot of pet owners are trying their hand at making their own homemade version of tasty dog meals and snacks. In addition to the cheaper costs, the treats you’ll be making will end up to be a much healthier alternative to commercial dog food.

Interested? Below are some homemade organic dog treats and food recipes that you can try.

These treats involve an array of fruits, whole grains, veggies and meat that your dogs will certainly adore. By using organic ingredients and making sure that you stick to low-fat and low-sugar treats, you are also ensuring your dog’s good health too!

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Chicken jerky

Chicken jerky treats can be a good alternative to commercially-bought raw hides. The jerky is chewy as well as tough, so it will definitely keep your dogs pre-occupied for quite some time. The chicken also has loads of protein which can be helpful to your dog’s muscle development.

What you’ll need:

  • Chicken breasts (about 2-4 pieces)

What to do:

  • Preheat your oven to about 2000
  • Take off the excess fats (if any) from the chicken. Turn it on its side and slice it into strips of about 1/8 inch each.
  • Place the chicken strips on a baking sheet and start baking for 2 hours.
  • Make it a habit to check the chicken before taking it out the oven.  Make sure that it’s dry and hard, not chewy or soft. Allow it cool before serving.
  • Place the jerky in an airtight container. This can be stored in the fridge for up to a good two weeks.


  • If you want a veggie alternative, use sweet potatoes instead of chicken.
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Frozen Yogurt Pops

A lot of dogs love chasing ice cubes around the kitchen, so if your precious pet is one of those, then they’ll surely love these frozen treats.  These yogurt pops are made from healthy ingredients such as carrots, fruit juices and more. These can give your pup that much needed vitamin boost. It also has protein and calcium which can help in your dog’s digestion process.

What you’ll need:

  • Plain (non-fat) yogurt
  • No-sugar fruit juice (1 cup)
  • Carrots, minced (1 cup)

What to do:

  • Blend the yogurt, fruit juice and carrots; stir well until smooth.
  • Place mixture into ice cube trays.
  • Place in fridge until frozen.
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Beef and Veggie Balls

Some dogs like meaty treats more than sweet treats. These are good alternatives to store-bought treats and are relatively inexpensive in comparison.

What you’ll need:

  • Vegetable baby food plus organic beef
  • Whole wheat flour (1 cup), or white substitute if your dog is allergic
  • Dry milk (2 cups)
  • Water (1 cup)

What to do:

  • Preheat your oven to 3500
  • Mix all ingredients in a bowl and place in spoonfuls in a baking sheet after.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes.
  • Allow to cool. Storage can be up to 5 days in the fridge.

Tip: These treats do not have a long shelf/storage time. If you only have one dog, try to cut the recipe in half to eliminate wastage.