Dear Elliott

Dear Elliot,
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My mom was in the kitchen making cookies for my human brother.  What about me?  Doesn’t she realize I like cookies too?  Even Fido was upset.  Please help us get some cookies too.

 

 Sincerely, 

 

Cookie Monster

 

Dear Cookie Monster,

I am regularly asked about where to get homemade recipes for dog and cat treats.  Tell your mom the internet is a good source for finding recipes, she may have to search around for the one that seems right for you and your dog.  Some recipes may not be for all pets, since the ingredients can cause some pampered pets to get an upset tummy.  So it is important for her to look carefully at the ingredients to determination about what may sound okay.  If a recipe calls for some type of meat, remember she should cook it thoroughly: you wouldn’t necessarily eat raw meat.  The following are 2 recipes I found that are easy to make for either you or Fido.

Cat’s Meow Cookies

Ingredients:

7 oz. mashed sardines (2 cans; drain oil)

1/4 cup dry non-fat milk

1/2 cup wheat germ

Thoroughly mix ingredients together.  Roll into approximately 30 balls about the size of a marble.  Place on a cookie sheet treated with fat-free non-stick cooking spray.  Bake at 350 degrees until brown, about 12-15 minutes.  Let cool before removing.  Store soft cookies in an air-tight container in refrigerator.

Home-made Dog Biscuits

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup meat drippings, or beef broth
  • 1/3 cup margarine
  • 1/2 cup powdered milk
  • 1 egg
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour

In a large bowl, pour heated meat drippings or beef broth over margarine to melt.  Add powdered milk, beaten egg and a pinch of salt.  Slowly add flour 1/2 cup at a time, mixing well.  The dough will be stiff.  Roll dough to 1/2″ thickness and cut with your favorite cookie cutter.  Place on cookie sheet treated with fat-free, non-stick baking spray.  Bake at 250 degrees for 45 minutes.  Let cool and store in air-tight container.  Makes about 2 dozen.