Things You'll Need
1 1/2 cups beef or chicken broth
1/2 cup pure pumpkin (not the pie filling)
2 tbsp. olive oil
2 1/2 cups wheat flour
1 cup white flour
1/2 cup shredded carrots
A nutritious and well balanced diet is essential for the health and well being of your dog. In fact, the Purina Life Span Study came to the conclusion that a dog's lifespan can be extended by two years if he is kept at an ideal weight. One way to pamper your pooch without adding unnecessary calories and fat to his diet is by treating him with homemade diet dog biscuits. Easy to make and nutritious, diet dog biscuits utilize some of the same tricks as healthy treats for people--make it filling with fiber and cut out the sugar and the fat. With natural ingredients, such as a blend of wheat and white flours as well as pumpkin and carrots, your dog will be begging for these diet biscuits and he won't even realize they are good for him.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease a cookie sheet with cooking spray.
Combine the broth, pumpkin and oil in a medium bowl.
Add the wheat flour, white flour and carrots to the mixture and stir until blended.
Knead the dough on a floured surface until firm and pliable.
Roll the dough to a 1/4-inch thickness with a rolling pin.
Cut into bone shapes or other shapes of your choosing with a cookie cutter.
Bake at 350 degrees F for approximately 20 minutes. This recipe makes two to three dozen depending on the size of your cookie cutter.
Let the treats cool before giving them to your dog.
All homemade dog treats should be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container. Any treats that are not consumed within three to four days of baking should be frozen or discarded. For crunchier cookies, turn the oven off and leave the biscuits in the oven to cool for one to two hours.
Many foods that humans enjoy safely, such as chocolate, grapes and garlic, are toxic to dogs. Check with your veterinarian to get a full list of these toxic foods. Always check with your veterinarian before making any major changes to your dog's diet or feeding her a diet dog food, particularly if your dog suffers from any illnesses or allergies.