Homemade Salmon Dog Treat Recipe

With Rosemary and Parmesan Cheese

The main ingredients in this homemade salmon dog treat recipe are all natural, gluten-free, and palatable for dogs. Ask your dog if s/he likes these food items: salmon, coconut oil, rosemary and Parmesan cheese. Did you get 4-paws up?

Homemade Salmon Dog Treats

My dog, Hana, at the wise old age of 15, knows exactly when to get up and go into the kitchen: when I start baking treats for her! She gets especially excited if I use fish and cheese - her two favorite ingredients.

At the request of my dog, I just whipped up a batch of homemade salmon dog treats today. She liked them so much that she asked me to share the recipe with the dog community.

This recipe is very simple and easy to handle. It is packed with nutrients as well!

Health Benefits of Ingredients

  • Salmon: We eat salmon for its Omega-3 fatty acids, which have anti-inflammatory properties and are good for our bodies, including the brain, joints, skin, and eyes. The Omega-3 FAs also can lower risks of certain cancer (breast, colon, and prostate) in human.

    Salmon is of course a rich source of protein, which dogs need for energy, growth and body maintenance. The amazing thing is that, the bioactive protein molecules (called bioactive peptides) in salmon protein can provide special support in various areas, including supporting and maintaining joint cartilage integrity, effective use of insulin, and the control of inflammation in the digestive tract.

    In addition, salmon is rich in antioxidants such as selenium, which can prevent inflammation of the joint and certain types of cancer.

    Not sure if fish is safe to be fed to dogs? Please read this article.

  • Rosemary: Rosemary is an amazing herb that has antioxidant and antimicrobial properties and can ward off harmful bacteria and fungi from the body.

    In addition, rosemary has calming and antidepressant effects, and is good for dogs with upset tummies caused by nervousness or excitability.

    Moreover, rosemary has been found to be good for the heart - It helps strengthen heart function and helps moderate irregular heartbeat.

    Rosemary is also hailed as a "longevity herb" because it contains substances that help prevent or delay the onset of Alzheimer's disease.

    As you can see, this is a very good herb for dogs with different health issues, from digestive problems, heart problems to those fighting infections caused by bacteria and/or fungi. It can also support older dogs by enhancing their immune systems.

  • Coconut Oil: Coconut oil also has numerous health benefits for dogs (and people). See this page on my other website for more information.

Recipe: Homemade Salmon Dog Treat


  • 1 can Alaskan sockeye salmon (18 gm/6 oz)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut flour
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1.5 teaspoons Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • a few unsalted pumpkin seeds (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix well.
  3. Knead a few times until well incorporated.
  4. Make 1" balls and place them on baking sheet.
  5. Flatten balls with a fork.
  6. Press 1-2 pumpkin seeds onto each flattened ball.
  7. Put into oven and bake for about 25-30 minutes.
  8. Let cool and store in an airtight container.

GR with a rolling pin

Fido's Tips

  • You can replace coconut flour with other healthy flours such as chickpea flour, oat flour, etc.
  • Pumpkin seeds can be replaced by sunflower seeds (or omitted totally if you don't have any seeds in the house!)
  • Since these treats contain fish, they should be kept in a refrigerator. They will last for about 1 week in the fridge.