Homemade Recipes: Healthy Dog & Cat Cookies & Treats

Important General Information

This section contains useful information common to all cookies and treats recipes below.

For all dog and cat treats recipes, you can substitute all regular ingredients with organic ingredients. The more natural, the better the gourmet treat!

All canine/feline cookies and treats will keep for 2-3 months if stored in sealed containers in a cool dry place. To refresh crispness, heat the cookies in the oven at 150ºF for 15 minutes, turn the heat off and leave cookies to dry in the oven overnight. If you see mold, it is too old, please discard.

Interchangeable Recipe Ingredients:

Flour alternatives: Use a 75/25% mix of whole wheat flour and one of these nutritious flour - amaranth, atole, barley, brown rice, buckwheat, cornmeal (yellow or blue), chick pea (garbanzo), high-protein, kamut, oat, quinoa, rye, soy, spelt and teff. If your dog or cat is allergic to wheat, use white flour as the base flour instead.

Healthy addition alternatives: Cornmeal, oat bran, wheat bran, wheat germ.

Milk alternatives: Cow's milk, goat's milk, lactose free milk, unsweetened soya milk, rice milk, oat milk, barley milk, real almond milk (not flavored).

Dry sugar alternatives: White granulated sugar, brown sugar, palm sugar, yellow sugar.

Liquid sugar alternatives: Maple syrup, honey, brown rice syrup (less sweet), barley malt syrup (less sweet).

Cheese alternatives: Any meltable cheese e.g. cheddar, swiss, havarti, mozzarella, chesire, gouda, edam, farmers, jack, parmesan.

Fish alternatives: Salmon, tuna, sardines, mackeral. Drain oil or salty water. If fish is canned in tomato sauce, use the tomato sauce in the recipe and reduce other liquid ingredients used.

Nut butter alternatives: Peanut, almond, sesame.

Fats alternatives: Butter, margarine, shortening, vegetable oil, apple sauce (same volume, reduce baking time), yogurt (same volume, reduce baking time).

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Salmon Cookie Treats

(For dogs and cats)

3 cups whole wheat flour
1/4 cup cornmeal
1/4 cup parmesan cheese (powdered or shredded)
2 teaspoons parsley flakes
2 teaspoons oregano
1-2 cans (213g/7oz) salmon with edible bone-in (or 2 cans 170g/5oz tuna)
1 large egg
1 tablespoon oil
3/4 cup water

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.

  2. Combine all dry ingredients. Drain salmon, crumble and mix evenly.

  3. Add all wet ingredients and mix well.

  4. For regular dog treats, pinch enough dough and use your palms to roll into 1/2-1 inch balls. For training treats, roll into 1/4-1/2" balls. For cat treats, roll into 1/4" balls, then flatten on the baking sheet with finger or a fork.

  5. Bake on baking sheet for 30 minutes.

  6. Cool on cooling rack. Then store in sealed containers in a cool, dry place. Makes 36 regular cookies and a whole bunch of little treats.

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