A couple of months ago I wrote and photographed a story for Rocket City Pets about Homemade Pet Treats. I don’t own a dog, but I am a dog aunt (as in my brother has a dog, not that I am secretly a dog with a niece/nephew that also writes this blog, which would be impressive).
I was surprised to learn that you need to be very careful about what to feed your pups. Of course I knew about chocolate, but there were plenty of other foods that I may have given a dog without thinking. Who knew grapes were bad for our canine friends.
7 Human Foods Dogs Should NEVER Eat
Caffeine-(I could never be a dog if it meant I had to give up coffee)
Furthermore pet owners have to be careful about what store-bought treats they feed their dogs. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, since 2007 as many as 3600 dogs have reportedly gotten sick, and close to 600 dogs actually have died from eating contaminated chicken jerky treats imported from China.
Therefore it is much safer to use this recipe. Gus, the dog in the photos and my dog nephew, LOVED the treats. It was pretty hard to get a photo of him without him gobbling up the pumpkin goodies.
Gluten-Free Pumpkin Biscuits
1 cup puree pumpkin
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ cup water
½ cup coconut oil
4 cups brown rice flour
1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, adding more water or flour as necessary. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour.
2. Preheat oven to 350◦F. Roll dough out onto a surface sprinkled with brown rice flour. Roll or pat to ¼- inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutter. Bake 20-25 minutes or until golden. Cool completely. Store covered, at room temperature.
For other Doggie Treats checkout this blog post.