That healthy living trend going on with people these days…well, the same can be said for our pet family members. We have the hook up on natural dog (and cat) treats in the Magic City, some easy recipes and pics of cool local dogs and cats!
Started in 2013, CahaBones makes healthy treats for your pooch using locally grown and sourced ingredients. These goodies are far better for our canine family members than most name-brand treats.
Find Cahabones local dog treats at Pepper Place Market and the Trussville Fresh Farmers Market. CahaBones can also be found all around the city at some of your favorite retailers, click here to get a list! Of course, you can easily buy online and shipping is super fast.
Do you love food trucks? Bet your dog would too. Fetch is a treat and ice-cream truck for dogs that started rolling in 2014.
Food trucks for canines are popping up all over the country and now we have our very own. You can find this doggie food truck at markets, festivals and dog parks all across Birmingham metro. They offer lactose-free ice cream and grain-free treats and Fetch will even bake your dog a birthday cake.
The Whole Dog Market
Whole Dog is a market that sells all types of pet supplies and farm treats, chews and rawhide from White Oak Pastures. They use the highest quality ingredients available. The meat in these natural dog treats comes from livestock raised in pastures on organic, non-chemically treated land.
The Whole Dog Market’s commitment is that their products never have chemicals, antibiotics, added hormones or artificial preservatives. Check out the store or shop online. (use code WDMFAMILY for 10% off!)
2937 18th Street
Homewood, AL 35209 (Map)
DIY healthy dog and cat treats
You can also make your own healthy pet treats right at home. This is ultimately less expensive than buying high-quality snacks and you will be certain what’s in them. We found a few easy recipes. Your four-legged family members will want to lick the bowl!
Bakin’ Bacon Dog Biscuit
- 2 ½ cups whole wheat flour (substitute regular flour or oats if your dog is sensitive to wheat)
- 1 tsp. salt (or less)
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp. Beef or chicken Bouillon granules (can substitute beef or chicken broth/stock)
- ½ cup hot water
- Optional: Add bacon or chicken broth, eggs, oats, liver powder, wheat germ, shredded cheese, bacon bits, to (your dog’s) taste
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Dissolve bouillon in hot water
- Add remaining ingredients
- Knead dough until it forms a ball (approximately 3 minutes)
- Roll dough until ½ inch thick
- Cut into slices or bone shapes (you can purchase a bone shaped cookie cutter to make shapes with)
- Place dough pieces on a lightly greased cookie sheet
- Cook for 30 minutes.
- 2/3 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- 2 large eggs
- 3 cups whole wheat flour, or more, as needed
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat; set aside.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat pumpkin puree, peanut butter and eggs on medium-high until well combined, about 1-2 minutes. Gradually add 2 1/2 cups flour at low speed, beating just until incorporated. Add an additional 1/4 cup flour at a time just until the dough is no longer sticky.
- Working on a lightly floured surface, knead the dough 3-4 times until it comes together. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Using cookie cutters, cut out desired shapes and place onto the prepared baking sheet.
- Place into oven and bake until the edges are golden brown, about 20-25 minutes.*
- Let cool completely.
3 Ingredient salmon cat treats
- 10 oz canned salmon (undrained)
- 1 egg (beaten)
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- Fish Cookie Cutters
1. Heat oven to 350°. Pulse 10 oz canned salmon (undrained) in a food processor and chop as finely as possible.
2. In a stand mixer, combine salmon, 1 egg (beaten) and 2 cups whole wheat flour until dough forms. If the dough is too dry, add up to 1/3 cup water. If the dough is too wet or sticky, add a bit more flour. Dough should be tacky but not sticky.
3. Roll out dough on a floured surface until about 1/4 inch thick. Use a 3/4-inch cookie cutter in the shape of your choice to create your treats.
4. Place treats on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake at 350° for about 20 minutes. When they’re slightly browned and crunchy, they’re done.
5. Allow to cool before serving.
6. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks
Let us know if you have any tips for a healthier pet and review our treat recipes. Bham Now loves the feedback!