Wednesday, 28 October 2015

{RECIPE} Halloween Zombie Dog Treats


Never fear!  Your dog will be happy to help fend off these zombie attackers - they'll disappear before you know it.  :)

Halloween Zombie Dog Treats

  • Approximately 1/2 cup finely pureed dog-safe green veggies (or baby food)
  • Approximately 1/2 to 3/4 cup of rice flour, or other flour of your choice
  • water if/as needed to adjust consistency
  • garnish to make zombie faces

Preheat oven to 180C. Pour your veggie puree into a bowl and incrementally add flour, mixing into a firm dough. The amount of flour required for these treats will vary depending on your chosen veggies (liquid content will vary) and type of flour. Mix incrementally, and you can add a little bit of extra water or flour to adjust consistency to a nice workable play dough type texture if needed. A slightly dry (but still pliable) dough will help create cracks for crinkly zombie skin as you cut/bake.  Hand roll into small balls, place on a lined baking sheet, flatten gently, and (optional) decorate. Bake for approximately 15 minutes. Cool before serving or storing.
  
Using green veggies will give these treats a natural green colour (see the Tips and Tricks below for more information and ideas) or you can add colouring.  To make the zombie faces, your imagination is the limit, but remember to keep it dog safe and size appropriate for your pet. We used pepitas for the eyes, made a small indent for the nose, and used little pieces of unsalted pretzel for the mouth. 




Tips and Tricks:
  • Using green veggies gives these treats a natural green colour, and for many dogs, there are plenty of delicious and nutritious green options to choose from. Note: Dog Channel has posted a handy list of vegetables for dogs and Can I Give My Dog is also handy resource. 
  • Some dogs can also have breed specific sensitivities - like our Dalmatians, who are safer with lower purine foods due to a breed-unique metabolic issue that can contribute to urinary issues.  Purine is a protein typically associated with red meats, game, and organ meats, but is also in some veggies including peas and spinach.  A little here and there is ok, but we try and keep those to a minimum in our doggy diet.
  • If you don't want to puree your own veggies, you can substitute a green veggie baby food as a quick and easy way to add delicious nutritious content to homemade dog treats, but always check the label to avoid no-no ingredients such as onion and garlic (including powdered forms) to be dog-safe.   
  • Alternatively you can skip the greens and just add food colouring, or create your zombies au natural.
  • Rice flour is gluten free. You can substitute another flour, if you wish.
  • This dough can be frozen or you can bake and freeze extras.

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. Have a very Happy Howl-oween! Woofs!


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