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Elderly Care Fun: Gifting Your Favorite Furry Friends With Homemade Dog Biscuits

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Elderly woman with dogPets can be an important part of your elderly care for your aging parents, offering a wide variety of benefits from reducing stress and lowering blood pressure, to warding off feelings of isolation and loneliness, and diminishing the instance of depression. All these furry loved ones do for your aging parents makes them deserving of special treats and indulgences that show how much you love and appreciate them. Store bought treats, however, can be extremely expensive and contain a range of ingredients and additives that you probably do not want special members of your family eating.

Instead of settling for sub-par treats, make your own homemade dog biscuits so you know that your parents’ pets are getting high quality nutrition that you will love to give them just as much as they will love to eat. Be sure to pack up some extras to send home with your parents’ referred caregiver if he or she has pets so that they can show their pets some love, too.

What You’ll Need

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup wheat germ
  • 1/4 cup brewer’s yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium canned chicken stock, plus extra
  • 2 mixing bowls
  • Small bowl
  • Whisk
  • Pastry brush
  • Wooden spoon or rubber spatula
  • Rolling pin
  • Cookie cutters or butter knife
  • Toothpick
  • Parchment paper
  • Baking sheets

What to Do

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
  • Place flour, yeast, salt, and wheat germ into a mixing bowl and whisk to break up the lumps and combine thoroughly
  • Put the oil in the other mixing bowl
  • Add 1/3 of stock to the oil and stir with the wooden spoon or rubber spatula until completely incorporated
  • Add 1/2 of the flour and stir
  • Add 1/3 of the stock and stir
  • Add remaining flour and stir
  • Add remaining stock and combine thoroughly
  • Lightly flour the counter or table and turn out the dough onto the surface
  • Use a lightly floured rolling pin to roll out the dough to a 3/4-inch thickness
  • Use a cookie cutter or a butter knife to cut the dough into desired shapes that are the appropriate size for your size dog
  • Press the scraps together and roll them out again to make more
  • Line the baking sheets with parchment paperTransfer the dog biscuits to the parchment paper
  • Use a toothpick dipped in water to write out the dog’s name or another message onto the top of the biscuit
  • Bake for 10 minutes
  • Pour the stock into a small bowl and use a pastry brush to brush the biscuits with stock
  • Rotate the pans and bake for another 10 minutes
  • Turn off the oven but leave the door closed
  • Allow the biscuits to sit in the oven as it cools for approximately 1 1/2 hours or until they are completely dry
  • Serve the biscuits as a treat
  • Store any leftover biscuits in an airtight container at room temperature for a few days

Modified from this recipe.

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