Cheese is a very healthy treat for dogs, though it should not be fed in large quantities. It’s filled with essential nutrients like calcium, protein, vitamin A, B-complex vitamins and essential fatty acids. Adding it to these homemade dog biscuits is a great way to give your dog added nutrients without feeding him too much cheese.
Keep in mind that some dogs are lactose intolerant. While cheese has much less lactose than milk, it may not be suitable for every canine diet. Lactose intolerance is not a common problem, but it is something that you should be mindful of.
If this is the first time you’ll be feeding your pup a cheesy treat, make sure to observe her for signs of lactose intolerance for 24 hours after she ingests the treats. The signs may not be severe, but will likely indicate gastrointestinal upset. They may include:
- abdominal pain
If you notice any of these symptoms, immediately stop feeding the treats. If they begin to become more severe, you’ll need to seek veterinary care as soon as possible.
Cheesy Homemade Dog Biscuit Recipe
- 4 cups wheat flour
- 2 cups shredded cheese
- 2 tbsp. oil (coconut is preferred, but canola or olive oil will work)
- 1 1/3 cups of water
Preheat your oven to 250°.
As you’ll see in my video guide, these treats are very simple to make. Combine the flour and cheese in a large mixing bowl and toss them together until thoroughly combined. Then add the oil and water.
Mix the dough until it forms a stiff ball. You want the dough to be dry, not sticky. If your dough is a bit too sticky, just add a little bit more flour. Roll the dough out on a floured surface until it’s about 1/4″-1/2″ thick.
You can use cute cookie cutters to make shapes if you’d like. I usually do that when I’m giving the biscuits as treats, but to save time I just use a pizza cutter to cut the dough into small squares when the biscuits are for my own dogs.
Place the biscuits on a greased cookie sheet. As I mention in my video guide, you don’t need to space the biscuits apart. There is no rising agent (like yeast) in this recipe, so they won’t expand into each other as they cook.
Cook them for about 2.5-3 hours. You want them to be completely dried out. You can leave a bit of the moisture in them if your dog has trouble chewing, but they won’t last as long. If you dry them completely, you can store these biscuits in an airtight container for about 10 days. If you leave some moisture, you’ll have to store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They will only last about 5-7 days this way.
If you’re interested in making treats in bulk quantities, you can either freeze the dough or the baked biscuits in the freezer in an airtight container. Either way, they will last for about 3 months in the freezer.