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e enjoy giving our dogs treats; it makes us feel good to see them happy. Finding the right treat can be difficult, however, especially if you choose not to feed treats made outside the United States or if your dog is on a restricted diet. Make your dog homemade treats from canned dog food to reduce your concerns about these issues. Making your own treats can be easy and cost-effective and, best of all, you know that the treats you give your dog are fresh and wholesome.
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Apples are a great source of vitamin C, vitamin K and calcium for your dog. Served alone, they make a crunchy treat. However, serve apples with caution as the seeds and stems contain cyanide. When turned into applesauce, apples provide the same nutritional benefits and make a suitable wet ingredient for a variety of baked dog treats. Make sure to use the unsweetened applesauce, as your dog does not need the added sugar. If you have apples at home and not applesauce, cut and peel four good-sized apples. Place them in a pot with 1/4 cup water and cook on medium heat for about 20 minutes or until soft. Mash the apples or place in a blender. Allow your homemade applesauce to cool. How to Make Homemade Dog Treats (with Pictures) - wikiHow
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Before making this recipe for Easy & Healthy Homemade Dog Treats, I did check to make sure that all the ingredients are OK for most dogs to have. However, make sure you check the ingredients list to make sure your four-legged friend isn’t allergic to a specific ingredient.I have two Labrador retrievers, ages 6 and 14, as well as a mutt that is 50 lbs. They have eaten all kinds of things and survived. I have heard that chocolate, grapes, garlic, and many other foods kill dogs. I am sure in the wrong quantities that can be true. However, I will say that my very healthy 14-year-old Lab has managed to get onto the kitchen counter and into the garbage can and cabinets and has eaten many packs of Oreo cookies, batches of brownies, and whole bags of Halloween candy, and he is still going strong. So when it came to making homemade dog treats for my Labs, I was not one bit worried about the ingredients. However, after doing some research, I did learn that you need to me more careful with homemade dog treats when it comes to smaller dogs or dogs with pre-existing health conditions. The recipe below should be used with healthy dogs over 40 lbs., and you should have them eat two treats and then wait a day to make sure they do not have an allergic reaction.Dogs aren’t the only animal that enjoys homemade treats, however. There are plenty of recipes available that teach you how to make homemade food for any of the animals in your life. Just take a look at how easy it is to ! I am thinking of starting a business selling natural homemade dog treats. However, I am curious as to what type of preservatives are used in the healthy treats that sit on store shelves for extended periods of time. All of the homemade dog treat recipes that I found online were intended to be consumed within 1 week, unless they were kept frozen.

Thanks in advance.

Lynn.

Chef's Answer ~ There are several ways of extending the shelf life of homemade dog treats. For starters, I would recommend reviewing my tips and techniques on Something as simple as how the treats are stored after they have baked and cooled, can make a huge difference in their shelf life. Air, heat and light will shorten the freshness of even chemically preserved dog treats, not to mention the more natural dog treat recipes. Also, if you have recipes that you are able to bake longer, and remove excess moisture, that will definitely help them last longer and stay fresher.

There are many options when using preservatives to keep treats fresh. Some of the natural preservatives to choose from include vitamin C. You can also use tocopherols and tocotrienols, or the collective term for these two is vitamin E. You can also use citric acid (like those found in citrus fruits). There are several spices that can help preserve baked goods. These include cinnamon, sage, rosemary and cloves. Another option is to replace the sugar in your recipes with honey, since honey is a natural preservative. If the recipe calls for dairy you can replace it with it's dried equivalent. For example if you use milk, then replace it with powdered milk. You will have to experiment with the amounts and types of preservatives that will work best for you.

My last bit of advice is to make sure your customers are aware that you are providing a fresh baked dog treat. So, it is similar to any other fresh baked (people) treat, it must be bought fresh, bought often and stored properly. You could let your customers know they can refrigerate and freeze them once they are at home. I personally think that the delicacy of natural treats is one of their finest selling points.