Just 4 ingredients make these easy low carb and grain free cottage cheese dog treats. Each treat has just 1g net carbohydrate and 73 calories.
We occasionally give our dogs a spoonful of cottage cheese with their dinner and thought we would use it as an ingredient for cottage cheese dog treats. The treats are not very crunchy but firm up slightly the next day when stored in the fridge.
I find that ground flaxseed really does divide my dogs. Two go crazy for it and will circle me like hungry sharks when I'm eating my own flaxseed. I assume, just like people, flaxseed is something you either love or hate it.
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IS COTTAGE CHEESE OKAY FOR DOGS?
Cottage cheese is a great ingredient for dogs that need a bland diet. Especially those with an upset stomach or diarrhea. It has a low lactose level making it a great option for dogs with digestive issues.
It is best to avoid any flavored cottage cheese. Keep it natural and if possible low fat with no added sugar or salt.
COTTAGE CHEESE DOG TREAT INGREDIENTS
All you need to make these homemade dog treats is 4 simple ingredients.
- Spinach - we use frozen spinach and defrosted it thoroughly before use.
- Cottage cheese - plain cottage cheese
- Ground flaxseed - for fiber and a grain free and low carb flour. We used golden flaxseed as my dogs seem to prefer that rather than the dark.
- Egg - a great source of protein
HOW TO MAKE COTTAGE CHEESE DOG TREATS
We bake these homemade dog treats but you could try them in an air fryer. To shape them we used cookie cutters and pushed the mixture into them for an even shape.
Roll them free hand or shape them as you see fit. The pretty shape of dog treats is more for us than them!
Add all ingredients in a bowl
Stir until mixed
Form into shapes and place on a baking tray
Serve as a treat
- The spinach can be swapped with cooked, chopped kale.
- Ground flaxseed can be substituted with other low carb flour such as coconut flour or almond flour. Other dog friendly flours such as wholewheat or rice flour could be used too. Add enough until you get a dough consistency.
These are a soft baked dog treat and should be stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator. They should last 4-5 days.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
If you want to freeze these homemade dog treats, place them in a zip lock bag and freeze for up to 3 months.
We would advise that no more than 2 medium sized dog treats should be given a day. Work the treats into your dog's daily calorie allowance.
If your dog loves the flavor of these (half of my pack does) then they make great training treats. I would made the treats in smaller shapes for training.
MORE HOMEMADE DOG TREATS
Cottage Cheese Dog Treats
- 4 ½ oz cottage cheese
- ½ cup spinach, frozen and defrosted
- 1 ½ cups ground flaxseed golden
- 1 large egg
- Preheat the oven to 180C/350F degrees and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
- Add all of the ingredients into a large mixing bowl and stir until well combined. If the mixture is too wet, add more ground flaxseed.
- This mixture is too sticky to roll, so we spoon the mixture into cookie cutters for an even shape. Place the circles onto the parchment lined baking tray.
- Bake for 30 minutes, turning over half way through until the treats are golden.
- Allow to cool and then serve as a treat or training treat.