Pet Chef

Give your pet the special treatment, with treats you can make at home.

You know your dog will eat just about anything, but here are a few homemade treats you can whip up that he’ll be sure to love!

Carrot Cake Dog Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing (Yep, you read that right!)

Strange though it may seem, dogs are a fan of the carrot! Which is a great thing, because they are high in Vitamin A, have dietary fiber, antioxidants and minerals.

Ingredients:

Muffins:

  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup applesauce, unsweetened
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour

Frosting:

  • 8 oz. low fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup applesauce, unsweetened

Instructions:

Muffins:

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F
  2. Lightly spray cups of muffin tin.
  3. In a large bowl stir together the carrots, eggs and applesauce. Set aside.
  4. In another medium bowl whisk together the cinnamon, oats and flour.
  5. Slowly mix in the dry ingredients. Stir until well blended.
  6. Spoon mixture into muffin tin. The dough will be thick, so you may wet your fingers to press the dough into place.
  7. The dog cupcake will not rise very much, so do not worry about over filling the muffin tin.
  8. Bake for 25 minutes.
  9. Cool completely on a wire rack before frosting or serving.

Frosting:

  1. Blend both ingredients with a hand mixer until well blended.
  2. Spoon into a pastry bag for easy decorating.

This recipe is from: http://www.dogtreatkitchen.com/dog-cupcakes.html

Dog Treat Kitchen’s website is definitely worth checking out, they have all sorts of tips, and plenty of recipes to keep your pup on his toes, waiting to find out what you’re making next. Two recipes we recommend are the Peanut Butter Dog Biscuit with Oatmeal (easy!) and the Liver and Cottage Cheese recipe (‘cause dogs love liver!).

Cats can be a little more finicky than dogs when it comes to food. But here’s a recipe that will be sure to win over your favorite kitty.

Tuna Square Treat

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups cornmeal
  • A little less than 1 cup water
  • 2/3 cup of oil
  • 8 oz. can of tuna

Instructions:

  1. Mix ingredients together until they have blended completely.
  2. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. Choose a flat, dry surface and flour it.
  4. Place little blobs of the mixture on the surface, shape them into squares, then roll them.
  5. Place the squares on a baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes.
  6. Cool, then save them in an airtight container. May keep in the refrigerator to help them last longer.

Or you can just copy what blogger Catsperalla did for her cat Pricilla’s 10th birthday. She placed wet cat food on a plate and surrounded it decoratively with dry food, and treats on the top!

Catperella's Pricilla on her birthday! Thanks for sharing Catsperella.

Cat owners need to know that a balanced diet is imperative. If you are thinking of making any major changes to your feline friend’s diet check with your veterinarian first.

Have you jumped on the Gourmet Pet Treat bandwagon? Or have you tried out a few recipes of your own? What kind of treats does your pet prefer?

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