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Making Dog Treats From Dog Food

Toby is very sensitive digestively and after a recent major gastic/colitis episode our vet has advised us to only feed him his prescription food, which is Hills Prescriptives ID dry Low Fat Low Residue Gastric Health. BTW, this the ONLY food he's done pretty well on in recent months so we aren't looking to change it at all. I know Hill's has a lousy reputation with many forum members but after spending thousands of dollars on diagnostics and trying various foods, it works for Toby, enough said.

The vet said there is a way to bake the dog food in order to make treats, so I decided to Google it and try it this week. Here is a link to what I found, with the webpage quoted below as well:

Homemade Dog Treats Recipe for Healthy Older Dogs | Hill

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How to Make Healthy Treats At Home
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MATURE ADULT DOG CARE
Homemade Treat Recipe
Yield: approx. two dozen treats

Using canned food:

Open the can and shake the loaf of food out of the can.
Cut the loaf into 1/4" thick slices, and then cut the slices into bite-sized pieces.
Bake the treats in a microwave oven on high for approximately 2 to 3 minutes.
Store baked treats in the refrigerator and discard leftovers after 5-7 days.
Homemade treats should not exceed 10% of your pet's total daily intake because heat alters the nutritional characteristics of the food.
Do not freeze homemade treats.
For a conventional oven, follow the instructions above and place the bite-sized pieces on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for approximately 30 minutes or until crispy.

Using Dry Food:

In a blender, add 2 cups of dry food and grind into a powder.
Pour powder into a mixing bowl and gradually add about 1 to 1 cups of water, stirring until it forms a dough consistency.
Shape into individual "treats" or "cookies" and flatten the dough using the back of a spoon (the cookies will not flatten like standard "people cookies" do.)
Place treats on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake in the oven at 350 degrees for approximately 30 minutes or until crispy.
Store baked treats in the refrigerator and discard leftovers after 5-7 days.
Homemade treats should not exceed 10% of your pet's total daily intake because heat alters the nutritional characteristics of the food.
Do not freeze homemade treats.
Cookie cutters make treats fun to make and serve.
If any of you have a dog with a food intolerance but have a kibble that works for your dog, I'm sure you can try this with your dog food. This website listed a few prescription formulas where these methods would not work, but suggested this as well:

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Roll the canned food into little balls and place in the freezer to serve later as a frozen treat.
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That's a great idea......would actually be a great idea for anyone....probably better for them than the real dog treats--and for sure more cost effective. Thanks for sharing.
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Toby is very sensitive digestively and after a recent major gastic/colitis episode our vet has advised us to only feed him his prescription food, which is Hills Prescriptives ID dry Low Fat Low Residue Gastric Health. BTW, this the ONLY food he's done pretty well on in recent months so we aren't looking to change it at all. I know Hill's has a lousy reputation with many forum members but after spending thousands of dollars on diagnostics and trying various foods, it works for Toby, enough said.
I truly believe that Hill's A/D food saved Tesia back when she was at the height of her nausea and not eating. After days of not eating anything, trying to recover from surgery and on chemo, the power pack of nutrients (she only needed to eat a quarter of a small can at a time) was a lifesaver. It was high taste, formulated for a dog in recovery, and to be easy on a fussy tummy. I felt the same way as you when I posted that I was using it at the recommendation of my vet - worried what people might say about Hills - but it worked for Tesia, too.

And thanks for the treats recipes. I had been wondering about doing this, too!

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When my dogs have any issues with there stomach / intestinal track, I always use the Hill's ID. It works wonders, for me, it has worked much better than the homemade bland diets. It also fills them up better, on the chicken and rice diet, my dogs always seem still hungry. They also LOVE the taste of it. If one is on it, I always need to give the other a spoonful.

Thanks for the recipe!

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Jess has been on the Hills ID since a trip to the emerg vet Monday evening for diarrhea. Having had two bowel obstructions, I tend to panic at anything out of the ordinary. He's had it before and always loves it.

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I made treats today from the dry kibble. I have photos but photobucket must be having some issues right now. I had one supervisor the entire time- Toby, who was very curious at why I was processing his kibble in my noisy food processor, adding water, then making balls out of the dough. It didn't smell until it started baking and it is not a pleasant smell. Hubby will be getting some brownies as a surprise because they mask out the odor! Toby ate them, so I guess he approves!
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A couple of my dogs over the years were put on various types of Hill's prescription Dog food for certain conditions which cleared up after being on the food. I don't think Vets would prescribe it if the Prescription food didn't clear up certain conditions.

Great idea making the treats from his food, should be a lot healthier for Toby. Hope he enjoys them.
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A couple of my dogs over the years were put on various types of Hill's prescription Dog food for certain conditions which cleared up after being on the food. I don't think Vets would prescribe it if the Prescription food didn't clear up certain conditions.

Great idea making the treats from his food, should be a lot healthier for Toby. Hope he enjoys them.
Toby is on the ID kibble for as long as he can tolerate it digestively. It is one of our last options for him sadly.
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Toby is on the ID kibble for as long as he can tolerate it digestively. It is one of our last options for him sadly.

I hope it works well for him, seems like the Hills Prescription formulas do what they were developed to do.
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