With just two simple ingredients, these frozen carrot homemade dog chews are great for providing a healthy and enriching treat for your dog!
I don’t know about you, but my Rhubarb LOVES to chew! So it’s important that I always have dog chews at the ready to keep her entertained and engaged (and prevent her from chewing things like shoes and the couch).
This simple and wholesome recipe, requiring just two ingredients, is a delightful treat that will keep your dog entertained while satisfying their natural instinct to chew.
With the combination of carrots and flavorful bone broth, these frozen chews are not only delicious but also packed with nutrients. Let’s cook!
Homemade Dog Chew Ingredients
- Carrots: Carrots serve as the main ingredient in this recipe, offering a crunchy texture that dogs love. Rich in vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants, carrots are healthy for dogs, contributing to good digestion, dental health, and immune support. Look for fresh, firm carrots in the produce section of your local grocery store or farmers’ market.
- Bone Broth: Flavorful bone broth not only enhances the flavor of the carrots but also provides additional nutrients beneficial for dogs. Bone broth is rich in collagen, glucosamine, and chondroitin, promoting joint health and reducing inflammation. You can find ready-made bone or beef broth in the soup aisle of most supermarkets or opt to make your own bone broth by simmering broth bones.
How to make frozen carrot dog chews
Step 1: Boil
To prepare the chews, place the whole carrots in a large, wide pot. Pour in the bone or beef broth and add enough water to fully cover the carrots. Bringing it to a boil, then covering the pot and letting it cook for approximately 20 to 30 minutes, allows the carrots to become tender while absorbing the flavorful broth. This cooking process also infuses the carrots with beneficial nutrients from the broth, creating a nutritious and delectable chew that your dog will find simply irresistible.
(You can make your own bone broth for your dog using this simple guide!)
Step 2: Freeze
After boiling, it’s time to transform the soft carrots into delightful frozen chews. Arrange the cooked carrots on a parchment-lined plate, ensuring they are placed in a single layer. By freezing them until solid, which typically takes about 2 hours, the carrots will develop the perfect firm texture, ideal for those super chewers
Step 3: Serve
These homemade dog chews are best served to your furry friend while supervised as an occasional treat. Their crunchy texture and tantalizing taste make them an excellent choice for keeping dogs entertained while satisfying their innate instinct to chew. Remember to store any leftovers in an airtight container in the freezer, ensuring you have a healthy homemade treat readily available whenever your pup deserves a little extra pampering.
A Guide To Buying The Right Broth
When choosing bone broth for your dog, it’s essential to be mindful of the ingredients to ensure it’s safe and beneficial. Here are some key points to look out for:
- No Onions or Garlic: Ensure the bone broth does not contain onions or garlic, as these ingredients are toxic to dogs and can cause digestive upset or more severe complications.
- Avoid Added Salt: Avoid bone broths with high sodium content or added salt. Excessive salt can be harmful to dogs, leading to dehydration and other health issues.
- Avoid Added Seasonings: Opt for plain bone broth without added spices or seasonings, as some herbs and spices commonly used in human broths may not be safe for dogs.
When in doubt, you can always easily make your own dog-friendly bone broth!
Frozen Carrot Homemade Dog Chews (2 Ingredients)
- 2 lbs whole carrots
- 32 oz broth bone or beef broth
- Boil: Set carrots in a large wide pot. Pour in the broth. Add enough water to cover the carrots. Bring to a boil, cover, and let cook until carrots are tender, about 20 to 30 minutes.
- Freeze: Place carrots on a parchment-lined plate in a single layer, then freeze until solid, about 2 hours.
- Serve: Serve to your dog while supervised as an occasional treat. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the freezer.