Pet Nutrition

Baked with Love…and Tuna Too!

Cat eating tuna from bowl

Keeping your pets healthy is a top concern for most pet parents. When shopping for pet food and treats, it's sometimes hard to tell what's really in the things they eat. What better way to know than to make some tasty treats of your own at home! These easy, make-at-home recipes will stimulate your pet's appetite with scent-based ingredients you can pick up at the grocery store. However, before deviating from your pet's diet, check with your pet's veterinarian to make sure your pet's diet allows for the extra calories and treats you plan to prepare.

For both dogs and cats, try out this delicious tuna special recipe from our friends at Gia Pets1:

Tasty Tuna Treat

  • 2 cup uncooked rice, prepared as usual
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 can tuna
  • 1 can green beans, chopped

Prepare rice in a pot as you normally would and fluff cooked rice with fork. While still in the pot, stir raw eggs into the hot rice and cook for 1 hour. Next, add in the tuna and green beans. Your pet's tasty tuna treat is ready to eat!

Peanut butter is almost always a hit with pups. Try this yogurt-based peanut butter treat recipe from Cooking with Janica2, to get your dog licking their lips.

Peanut Butter Frozen Pops

  • 32 ounces plain yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter (make sure it contains no xylitol, which is toxic to dogs)
  • 1 large banana, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon honey (optional)

Gather and mix all ingredients together in a food processor or blender. When the mixture is a thick creamy texture, pour into silicone molds or ice cube trays and freeze for two hours. When solid, remove treats from trays and serve to your furry friend.

Salmon is protein that both kitties and pups love. These little temptations from Must Love Cats3 can also be adjusted to use a can of tuna, chicken or other lean protein that your pet likes.

Simple Salmon Treats

  • a 12 ounce can of salmon with liquid (you can also substitute other lean proteins like canned tuna or chicken)
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup flour
  • ½ oatmeal, ground in a blender

In a blender, mix the salmon with the egg and blend until smooth. Then add the ground oatmeal and mix. In a 9"x13" pan, spray with non-stick spray and then spread the mixture. Bake for 30-35 min at 350°. When cool, cut into small squares. Share with your furry best friend or freeze for later use.

REFERENCES

  1. https://giapets.wordpress.com/2011/05/10/home-made-dog-food-with-a-recipe-for-tuesday-tuna-special/
  2. https://cookingwithjanica.com/yogurt-peanut-butter-banana-dog-treats-recipe/
  3. http://www.mustlovecats.net/homemade-cat-treats.html

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