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Nutritious and tasty pet recipes

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Yummies for your pets

You don't have to rely on the pet food aisle of your local market for your pet's nutrition. Why not fix your pet a nutritious and tasty treat in your own kitchen? SheKnows shares these easy and healthy recipes your pet will love.

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Dog and cat cookies

Your four-legged best friend will thank you for these delicious and nutritious treats. Make sure the chicken baby food does not include any other ingredients that may not be suitable for your pet.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups wheat germ
  • 3 (2.5 ounce) jars strained chicken baby food
  • 1 tablespoon water

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a medium sized bowl.
  3. If the mixture is too dry, add more water a little bit at a time until the mixture forms a dough.
  4. Roll dough into 1-inch balls and transfer to an ungreased cookie sheet.
  5. Flatten each ball a little with the back of a fork or your fingers.
  6. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.

Avoid feeding your pets:

  • Milk
  • Caffeine
  • Coffee
  • Alcohol
  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Grapes or raisins
  • Xylitol (sugar substitute)
  • Avocados
  • Uncooked dough
  • Chocolate
  • Macadamia nuts

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Bacony biscuits

What dog doesn't come running for bacon? These bacon-flavored biscuits will have Fido fetching your paper and slippers without even being asked.

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 10 tablespoons bacon fat, melted
  • 5 cups whole wheat flour

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. Beat eggs in a large bowl. Then completely blend in milk, water, salt and bacon fat.
  4. Stir in flour little by little until the ingredients form a stiff dough.
  5. Roll the dough into 1- to 2-inch balls and transfer them to the prepared cookie sheets.
  6. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes.
  7. Cool and store in the refrigerator in a airtight container.

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Meaty loaves

Pets will love these hearty and yummy meat and vegetable loaves.

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds raw ground beef
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup fresh chopped spinach
  • 1 cup fresh grated carrots
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until completely combined.
  3. Make mini "loaves" that are size-appropriate for your dog.
  4. Spray a baking dish with non-stick cooking spray and transfer the loaves into the dish.
  5. Bake for an hour or until completely cooked through.
  6. Allow loaves to cool before serving them to your pet.
  7. Freeze any unused portions for up to four weeks.

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Note: Before embarking on any pet food recipes, check with your pet's veterinarian to make sure that the recipe is indeed safe for pets and suitable for your pet based on his specific health needs.

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