Make healthy and yummy dog treat icing using these recipes! Homemade icing beats store-bought products, which are usually starch and sugar-based.
I usually don't make "fancy" treats for my dog - just plain old biscuits. No icing, no coloring... I think simple, all natural treats are the best - both health-wise and taste-wise.
However, once in a while, on real special occasions like birthdays or "howlidays" when you want to go all out to celebrate, I guess it doesn't hurt to put some icing on that cake!
Please do remember that the icing adds more calories to the treat, so do not overindulge your dog!
Also remember to use safe and healthy ingredients only.
Before looking at some safe ingredients that can be used to make icing for dog treats, let's look at an example of what's not safe and healthy.
Here are the ingredients of a product called "Tapioca Dog Treat Icing Mix":
Tapioca starch, maltodextrin, dextrose, titanium dioxide
Would you use this product?
Me neither. Here's why:
Tapioca contains mainly carbohydrates; it is low in protein and fat (no Omega-3 or Omega-6 fatty acids), and has very few minerals and vitamins. More importantly, it has a high glycemic index, so it is not good for diabetic dogs.
Maltodextrin and dextrose are sugars that are of course bad for dogs (especially diabetic dogs). In particular, maltodextrin is made from genetically modified corn (need I say more?)...
Titanium dioxide is a food additive that is used to whiten food (Honestly, do dogs really care if the icing is pure white?).
Seriously, a recent research has linked the use of titanium dioxide to gut inflammation and bowel cancer in rats. Although more research has to be done to determine for sure the level of risk titanium dioxide has on people (and pets), I for one would want to minimize exposing my dog to any possible risk that could cause her health issues.
So... if you are thinking of getting this "Tapioca Icing Mix", think twice!
I have also read on a dog treat recipe website that suggests using white chocolate as icing for dog treats.
The author justifies the use by explaining that "white chocolate does not contain high amounts of the toxic compounds methylxanthines"...
That is true, but toxins are toxins, and even trace amounts will have to be metabolized by the liver. Why do we want to put any unnecessary extra burden on our dog's liver when it is already having a hard time metabolizing all the toxins and chemicals the dog is exposed to day in and day out?
Not to mention white chocolate contains tons of sugar!
So please, for dogs' sake, NO white chocolate for dog treat icing!
Here are some safe and yummy ingredients for making icing for your dog's cake and/or treats:
Follow these links for some simple icing recipes that your dog will most definitely love: