Wednesday, 2 September 2015

{RECIPE} Salmon Snack Bites for Dogs AND Cats

Yesterday was our cat Tiger's birthday, so in honour of the occasion we are sharing a treat recipe that can be enjoyed by both cats and dogs (including smaller breeds). Tiger is a finicky old fellow about food, and generally prefers to stick with the (store bought) food and treats that he loves best. These salmon-scented snack bites were tempting enough to convince to share a treat with his dog "brothers" who happily took advantage of the fact that there were plenty of treats in the batch for everyone to enjoy.

Since these were a "present", we dressed them up with an easy DIY recycled treat jar, using an empty baby food bottle.  Simply wash and remove the label, and spray paint the lid or over it with some fabric and a tie. It is quick, simple, and a great way to make a homemade gift just a little bit more special.

Salmon Snack Bites (aka Salmon Stinkies)

1 small can of water-packed salmon
1 egg
1/4 cup wheat germ
1 cup rice flour
water for consistency if/as needed

Preheat over to 180C. Mix together the salmon (don't drain, use the liquid) and eggs. Add the wheat germ and flour, mixing into a sticky dough. Add a little water or additional flour to adjust consistency if needed (will depend on your egg sizes as well as the water content of your salmon). Hand roll into tiny little balls and place on a lined baking sheet. Bake for approximately 15 minutes. Cool before serving or storing.

Tips and Tricks:
  • Cooking time will vary based upon the size of your treat balls.  Cool for the first 5-10 minutes in the oven with the door ajar for a crispier biscuit (Tiger prefers crispy treats!) and/or flatten lightly before baking.
  • These treats can be frozen if you would like to freeze extras for future fresh snacking.
  • Rice flour is a starchy baker's option that helps with binding. You can substitute another flour, if you wish, or increase the rice flour in lieu of wheat germ to make a gluten-free treat.
Hungry for more tasty treats?  See all of our recipes here. Remember, treats are for spoiling your pup in moderation. Some dogs have special dietary requirements and/or food allergies/intolerances. If you are ever in doubt, have a chat with your vet.

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