Wednesday, 28 October 2015
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{RECIPE} Halloween Zombie Dog Treats

Zombie face DIY Halloween dog treats

Never fear!  Your dog will be happy to help fend off these zombie attackers - they'll disappear before you know it. These simple dog cookies are a fun and simple homemade Halloween treat. Have a very Happy Howl-oween!

Halloween Zombie Dog Treats

🥄 Treat Ingredients:

Approximately 1/2 cup finely pureed dog-safe green veggies (or baby food)*
Approximately 1/2 to 3/4 cup of brown rice flour
Water if/as needed to adjust consistency
Dog-safe garnishes to make zombie faces (optional)
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/natural tint.  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.  

🥄 Making the Treats: 

Preheat your oven to 180C (or local equivalent) and gather together your baking ingredients and materials. 

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.  

Hand roll into small balls, place on a lined baking sheet, flatten gently, and (optional) decorate. Bake for approximately 10-15 minutes. Cool before serving or storing.

Dalmatian dog eating a zombie face homemade Halloween dog treat

Tips and Tricks:
  • New to treat baking? Check out our introduction to homemade baked biscuit/cookie dog treats.
  • 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 or your can tint a different coloured dough base to suit your zombie dogpocalypse. 
  • 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, so tinting is a-ok with us!
  • If you don't want to puree your own veggies (or fruits), you can substitute with a pre-prepared puree like 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.   
  • Using a low fat dough will help create cracks for crinkly zombie skin as you cut/bake, but beware that binding and handling can be tricky in these super simple treat dog doughs. If you want to roll-and-cut dog treats, consider modifying the recipe with extra binding ingredients (or use a different recipe instead - zombies can be made in any taste and colour you and your dogs might like!).
  • This dough can be frozen or you can bake and freeze extras. 

🦴 Hungry for more tasty treats?  You can explore from our treat navigation page, hop straight into our homemade dog treat ideas in the blog archives, search the blog from our sidebar, or use the labels below this post to find other recipes that might be of interest. Remember, treats (bought or homemade) are for spoiling your pup in moderation. We share ideas here from treats that we make ourselves for our pets, but different animals will have different preferences (likes/dislikes) and dietary needs. Some pets may have special dietary requirements and/or food allergies/intolerances. If you are ever in doubt or have questions about what's suitable for your pet, have a chat with your trusted vet.

Zombie face DIY Halloween dog treats

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