Thursday, February 14, 2013

Homemade Treat Recipes

By Amy, LVT

Using canned food:
   1. Shake the loaf of food out of the can.
   2. Cut the loaf into 1/4 - inch thick slices, then divide each
           slice into bite - size pieces.
   3. Microwave treats on high for 2 1/2 to 3 minutes.  If using
           a conventional oven, place bite - sized pieces on an
           ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 30 minutes
           or until crispy.

Using dry food:
    1. In a blender, grind 2 cups of dry food into a powder.
    2. Pour powder into a mixing bowl, and gradually add 1 to 1 1/4 cups
           of water.
    3. Shape into individual "cookie," and flatten the dough with the back of
           a spoon.
           (The dough will not flatten like it does with standard "people cookies.")
    4. Place the treats on an ungreased cookie sheet, and bake at 350 for 30 minutes
           or until crispy.

Homemade treats should not exceed 10% of the pet's total daily intake because heat alters the nutritional characteristics of the food.  Baked treats should be stored in the refrigerator, never frozen.  Discard leftovers after 5 to 7 days.

This recipe may be used with any Hill's Prescription Diet pet food except Canine and Feline a/d, and Canine n/d and s/d.  In these cases, the canned food can be rolled into balls and placed in the freezer to serve as a frozen treat.