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Obsessions: Homemade Salmon Dog Treats Approved by the Discerning Hounds at CHOW

Is it wrong that these dog treats are making me drool just a little?

 |  Feb 5th 2013  |   12 Contributions


When she's not wrangling copy, CHOW Assistant Managing Editor Deborah Lewis stars in video clips for the site, sharing tips for foodies on matters such as peeling a potato with your bare hands and creating a brownie in a cup using a microwave.

Recently, Deborah's CHOW Tips fell into Dogster territory, with the editor sharing a favorite salmon dog treat recipe (crafted by veterinarian Dr. Ernie Ward) from an old issue of Fetch magazine

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CHOW.com's Deborah Lewis shares a dog treat recipe by veterinarian Dr. Ernie Ward.

"I like his recipe because it's easy, cheap, and simple," she says, before cautioning that you may want to open a window before getting busy -- these salmon treats are like dog crack, in no small part to the odor that comes with them.

Deborah's dog, Lola, is a big fan, and she co-stars in the clip (you have to hit play just to see how cutely she begs for these things):

How to Make Dr. Ward's Salmon Dog Treats

What You'll Need:

  • 1 7-ounce can of salmon
  • 1/2 cup oat or quinoa flour
  • 1 tablespoon minced parsley

1. Preheat oven to 350 F. In a medium-size bowl, mix everything until well blended.

2. Roll the mixture into 1/2-inch balls and place on a nonstick cooking sheet.

3. Bake 12-15 minutes.

(Yield: 36 treats at 10 calories each)

Note: While the recipe calls for baking for as long as 15 minutes, Deborah recommends baking them for as long as 40 minutes instead. This "makes them extra crispy, and I think that extends their shelf life," she says.

Ward also has this footnote on the recipe: If you don't have oat flour, blend dry oats in a food processor. Substitute quinoa or amaranth if oats aren't available.

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The recipe is so simple, even I can make it!

Dogster readers: What are your go-to, ridiculously easy recipes for dogs?

P.S. Hat tip to John Birdsall for the scoop!

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