This easy salmon dog treats recipe is super simple to make and filled with all that fishy goodness our pups love!
When I decided to get a dog, it never dawned on me that the stuff I might not enjoy was exactly what Rhubarb would like. Case in point – the most smelly dried fish head dog treats. But, despite my distaste for the smell of fish, I of course give them to Rhubarb.
Thankfully, I figured out if you freeze them they don’t smell as bad! I saw canned salmon in the store and thought, “ooooh much cheaper and if I had to guess Rhubarb will like this”! So, I bought it, blended it up, and froze it.
The result? A delicious dog treat that doesn’t smell terrible and is packed with all the great nutrients of salmon. So let’s get to making them for your dog!
Ingredients for Salmon Treats
Salmon dog treats really only require one ingredient and you probably already guessed it – salmon.
- Salmon: This recipe uses canned salmon whose only ingredients are salmon and water. It is super important to use pure cooked salmon with no seasonings or additives. Dogs cannot digest additives like we humans can.
- Fun Molds: I just wanted to add this because who doesn’t love little paw prints or bone-shaped salmon bites for dogs? Check out our favorites on Amazon here!
Can’t find salmon? Try sardines! Sardines packed in water are filled with nutrients and also easy to blend and turn into frozen treats (plus, they have even more calcium!)
How to make Salmon Dog Treats
Making these treats are so simple. Only 4 easy steps to delicious salmon bites your dog will go crazy for!
Step 1: Rinse
Drain then rinse the salmon to remove any excess oils or salts it may have been packed in.
Step 2: Blend
Add salmon to a blender. Fill the can half up with water and add that to the blender. Blitz until smooth.
Step 3: Pour
Place silicone dog treat molds onto a flat plate or baking sheet for easier transfer to the freezer. Pour the mixture into silicone molds, leaving a little room at the top for them to expand while freezing. Freeze until solid, about 4 hours.
Step 4: Serve
Pop them out and serve as occasional treats for your pup!
Storage: Store salmon dog treats in an airtight container (as opposed to in the mold) in the freezer to prevent freezer burn.
Add-Ins: To add additional nutrients, just blend in any supplements your dog may take, or healthy everyday ingredients (like flax seeds, spinach, carrots, or pumpkin). Some favorites of ours are green-lipped mussels, eggshell powder, or zucchini!
Paw-fectly Tasty Treats
Since your pup might get bored of salmon treats every day, here are a few other delicious, dog-friendly snacks to try!
- Pumpkin Dog Treats are another easy, no-hassle treat that requires no special molds or equipment.
- Dehydrated Sweet Potatoes make great gnawing treats to keep your dog’s teeth healthy!
- Healthy Homemade Dog Biscuits are great to keep on hand for when your pup says they are having friends over last minute (Rhubarb…).
- Chicken Jerky is another great way to use up any chicken while also providing a nutritious treat!
Salmon Dog Treats
- 1 13-oz can salmon packed in water if possible, 368 g
- Rinse: Drain then rinse the salmon to remove any excess oils or salts it may have been packed in.
- Blend: Add salmon to a blender. Fill the can half up with water and add that to the blender. Blitz until smooth.
- Pour: Place silicone dog treat molds onto a flat plate or baking sheet for easier transfer to the freezer. Pour mixture into silicone molds, leaving a little room at the top for them to expand while freezing. Freeze until solid, about 4 hours.
- Serve: Pop them out and serve as occasional treats for your pup!