Dogs generally thrive on high protein diets. However, if your dog has kidney disease, your veterinarian may have prescribed a low protein diet. The proteins to avoid for kidney disease are those that come from red meat. To give your dog a healthy low protein dog treat, try these recipes that rely on vegetables and dairy for protein.
Low Protein Treat
Combine two and a half cups of rice flour or white all-purpose bleached flour and a half of a teaspoon of garlic powder. Mix this with six tablespoons of low fat, low sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth and one cup of cooked ground-up vegetables (winter squashes, zucchini or sweet potatoes). Add enough cold water--about half of a cup--to create a ball of dough that can be rolled out to half-inch of thickness. Cut your cookies and place them on a nonstick cookie sheet. Bake them for 25 minutes at 350 degrees.
Vegetable Dog Treats
Mix together one and a quarter cups of rice flour or white all-purpose bleached flour, one quarter cup of low fat dry milk powder and two tablespoons of nutritional yeast. In a separate bowl, mix together one quarter cup of low sodium, low fat chicken broth or vegetable broth, a quarter cup of safflower oil and a quarter cup of ground or shredded vegetables (carrots, zucchini or sweet potatoes). Combine the wet ingredients with the dry ones. Create a well in the dough and add an egg or egg substitute. Mix everything together. Roll the dough out on a floured surface to an eighth-inch of thickness. Sprinkle with garlic powder and cut the treats with a cookie cutter. Bake them on an ungreased cookie sheet at 300 degrees for 15 minutes, turn them and bake an additional 10 minutes.
Cheese and Vegetable Dog Treats
Mix together a half of a cup of shredded low fat cheese or low fat cottage cheese, three tablespoons of vegetable oil and three teaspoons of applesauce. Add a half of a cup of cooked vegetables (zucchini, carrots or sweet potatoes) and one clove of minced garlic. Mix in one cup of rice flour or white all-purpose bleached flour. If necessary, add small amounts of low fat milk until the dough forms a ball. Knead well and chill for an hour. Roll the dough out on a floured surface to a quarter-inch of thickness. Cut the treats into shapes and bake them on an ungreased pan for 15 minutes at 375 degrees.