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Page B6 Wednesday, April 25, 2012 The Adams County Record Homemade Pet Treats Making pet treats at home can be fun for you and your children. Because each pet may have special needs make sure to review each recipe to insure it is appropriate for your pet. Remember these are treat recipes not "dog food" so they should not be used in excess. Shapes And Cutters Cookie cutters are avail- able in countless shapes, sizes and themes. Make treats that are suitable for the size of your pooch. If you prefer to not buy cookie cutters you can use the open end of a juice can, a small glass or or a biscuit cutter if you have one. Ingredients One of the benefits of making your own treats is that you can control the quality of what goes in the treats. We suggest using the same quality products as you would if you were making food for yourself. For example use natural peanut butter rather than products with a lot of added sugar. Use organic flours and meals if they are available to you. Controversial Ingredients There are some ingredi- ents in large amounts that can be deadly to your pet. Sometimes those ingre- dients may be called for in very small "flavoring" quantities. If you see any of these ingredients in a recipe you'd like to use then you should consult with your veterinarian to see if the recipe is appro- priate for your pet other- wise leave the ingredient out or select another reci- pe. Here are some poten- tially harmful ingredients: Garlic Onions Raisins For Dogs Peanut Butter Bites It often happens that a man is more humanely related to a cat or dog than to any human being. -- Henry David Thoreau Ingredients: 6 cups whole wheat flour ( you (Smart Balance Peanut Butter may have to add more or less is great!) depending on the brand of flour 2 tablespoons blackstrap molas- you use) ses 2.5 cups water 2 tablespoons canola oil 2.5 cups natural peanut butter Instructions: Combine wet ingredients in a bowl and slowly add flour until a thick dough forms - add more flour if needed Roll out dough to desired thickness, cut out shapes with a cookie cutter or pizza roller, and place treats on a tray lined with parchment paper Bake at 325 degrees (best in a convection oven) for 25-30 minutes. Treats should be crunchy and dry when removed from oven. Let treats cool and dry out over night. Reward your pet with your delicious homemade treats! Keep in an air tight container, they will last for several weeks. **TIP: If your dog is allergic to wheat, try oat flour or brown rice flour For Cats Crunchy Cat Biscuits Ingredients: 1 tin (7 oz or 200g) mashed sardines in oil 1/4 dry non-fat milk 1/2 cup wheat germ Instructions: Before you begin, preheat your oven to 350F (175C) and grease a baking tray lightly with cooking spray. Mix all ingredients together well in a mixing bowl. Use a teaspoon to roll small portions of the mixture into 1/2 teaspoon sized balls. Place each ball of mixture on the baking tray and flatten them down with the back of a fork. Bake them in the oven at 350F (175C) for around 15 to 20 mins depending on the cooking time for your oven, or until they turn a golden-brown color. Place them on a cooling tray to cool completely. Store in an air-tight container. be