Make Dried Pet Treats

Did you know you can make your own Healthy Pet Treats in your Excalibur Dehydrator? Over the years we have had customers tell us all sorts of stories of their pets getting so excited every time they turned on their Excalibur because of all the great pet treats they can make. This article will give you some basic recipes for treats that your pet will flip out over!

Whether it’s a cat, goldfish, prize hound or stallion, Excalibur owners report amazing ways they’re taking care of their pets. You may have heard of “Mrs. Pasture” who makes “horse cookies” in her Excalibur Commercial Food Dehydrator and sells them all over the country in pet stores — they’ll literally make horses come running. All she does is combine fresh organic ingredients and dehydrates them into cookies.

You can do the same for your favorite family pet – right in your own home. Oats, bran, molasses, barley, apple scraps, and water. What fun! For dogs and cats, mix in some dried meat or fish scraps and they’ll be your friend forever. One thing to keep in mind, if you are making and dehydrating dog treats for small dogs, toy breeds or cats, they have tiny mouths and tiny teeth- it might be hard for them to eat a really big treat or super dry treat. So just adjust the drying times so that they are not so crunchie and more moist– you can check this by breaking a few in your hand to gauge how hard they are. Here are some Basic Recipes to get your started.

 

Sunflower Horse Treats

(not only for Horses. Dogs and Cats love these treats also)

 

  • ¼ cup sunflower seeds
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ cup chopped apples
  • ¼ cup carrots, peas, or other vegetables
  • ¼ cup oats ground to powder
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup molasses

Combine ingredients into a large bowl, add molasses until dough is stiff. Additional oats may be added to make the dough stiff.
Roll out dough and cut into shapes or squares
Dehydrate at the highest setting 145°-155° until done.
Approximately 4 hours. Add time if needed as treats should be VERY dry.

 

Dog Treats- Vegetarian & Vegan options

If you have your dog on a vegetarian or vegan diet this is a treat that your dog will love. You can substitute just about any fruit or vegetable in this great vegetarian dog treat recipe to add variety. This recipe uses an egg as a binding agent but if you want to make these treats vegan– just mix the dough longer and omit the egg.2½ cups flour

 

  • ¾ cup dry milk powder
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tbs. brown sugar
  • 2 vegetable bouillon cubes dissolved in ¾ cup boiling water
  • ½ cup carrots, green beans, apples, or blueberries
  • 1 egg (optional)

In a large bowl mix all ingredients and form into a ball. On a flour dusted cutting board, roll out the dough to about ¼ ” thick.
Cut with bone-shaped cookie cutter or any cutter shape your pet will like.
Dehydrate at the highest setting 145°-155° until done.
Approximately 6 – 8 hours. Add time if needed as treats should be VERY dry.

 

Sweet Potato Dog Chews

This is a very simple dog chew/treat- your dog will love this one and it is easy to make.

 

Thoroughly wash sweet potatoes. Slice the sweet potato into ¼ ” slices- you can also cut down the middle lengthwise and slice into ¼ ” strips.
Dehydrate at the highest setting 145°-155° until done. Drying approximently 6-8 hours will leave them with a chewy texture. For crunchier treats dehydrate longer until the desired consistency.

 

Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits

  • 1½ cups water
  • ½ cup oil
  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter –we recommend natural peanut butter – no sugar added
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup cornmeal
  • ½ cup oats
  • ¼ cup Honey Crunch Wheat Germ

In a large bowl, combine flour, cornmeal, oats and wheat germ. Stir in oil, peanut butter, vanilla, and water.
Knead till smooth, adding more flour or water as needed. Roll out the dough to about ¼ ” thick.
Shape into bars or cut with bone-shaped cookie cutter or any cutter shape your pet will enjoy.
Dehydrate at the highest setting 145°-155° until done.
Approximately 6 – 8 hours. Add time if needed as treats should be VERY dry.

 

Charlies Cheese Rolls

  • 2 cups Whole Wheat Flour
  • ¼ cup Cornmeal
  • ½ cup Cheese note: any grated cheese will do. Our dog Charlie does a flip for cheddar cheese!!
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup water
  • ½ cup fine grated parmesan cheess (set aside)

Mix all ingredients except parmesan cheese.
Knead dough until thoroughly mixed.
Roll dough into shapes e.g. sticks, rolls or squares
Roll shapes in parmesan cheese.
Dehydrate at the highest setting 145°-155° Approximately 4 – 5 hours or until dry.

This recipe is a must try. Our Dog goes crazy for these treats. Cats like them also, just make smaller shapes.

 

Harvest Pumpkin Pet Treats- great for Dogs &Cats

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup oil
  • ¾ cup tablespoons canned pumpkin
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 cups whole wheat flou
  • ½ cup flax seeds ground up in coffee grinder
  • ½ cup cornmeal
  • ½ cup oats

In a large bowl mix all wet ingredients together. In a separate bowl mix the dry ingredients together. Mix the blended dry ingredients into the wet mixture and form into a ball. On a flour dusted cutting board, roll out the dough to about ¼ ” thick.
Shape into bars or cut with bone-shaped cookie cutter or any cutter shape your pet will like.
Dehydrate at the highest setting 145°-155° until done.
Approximately 6 – 8 hours. Add time if needed as treats should be VERY dry.

 

Polly’s Bird Seed Wafers

Any seed combo can be used for these treats- alfalfa, barley, corn, buckwheat, oats, rye, sunflower, etc.

Use equal amount each (1/8 cup to ¼ cup each)
Soak seeds for 1 day as if you were going to sprout them
Add a cup of seed mix into a food processor or blender.
Chop coarsely and add a little water if needed.
Add ¼ cup pre ground seed powder.

Spread in small circles or wafers over Paraflexx Sheets and dry at 135° until leather can be removed. Turn over on opposite side and continue to dry until crisp. Small pieces of fruit can be added for variety.

I hope the above gives you some great ideas for pet treats. If you would like to submit your Pet Treat Recipes for others to enjoy please post let us know

 

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