Adding fiber to your pet's diet is necessary for healthy digestion, stabilizing blood sugar levels and weight management. Oat bran is a high fiber ingredient that includes both soluble and insoluble fiber. These oat bran dog biscuits make it easy to add this beneficial ingredient to your pup's diet.
Soluble fiber causes fermentation in the colon. It dissolves in the gastrointestinal fluids and turns into a gel-like substance. The gel spreads out and blocks some of the fat that would normally be digested and absorbed. It also prevents some types of dietary cholesterol from being digested.
Insoluble fiber remains virtually unchanged as it travels through the digestive tract. It absorbs fluid and sticks to some of the byproducts of digestion that are being turned into stool by the body. This speeds up the processing of bodily waste and helps to prevent constipation and gastrointestinal blockages.
High fiber foods also keep your dog feeling full longer. You don't want to feed too much fiber, but adding one of these oat bran dog biscuits to your pup's daily diet shouldn't be a problem for most canines. Be sure to check with your veterinarian if you are concerned about your pet's fiber intake.
Oat Bran Dog Biscuits Recipe
- 1 cup oats
- 1 cup oat bran
- 3 cups gluten-free flour (I used oat flour)
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1/3 cup honey
Preheat your oven to 350˚F.
Combine the oats, oat bran and flour in a large mixing bowl. Add the water, chicken broth, peanut butter and honey. Mix well until a it forms a dough. If the dough is sticky, add a little more flour.
Bake the cookies for 15-20 minutes. You'll know when they are done because they will start to brown. If you'd like softer biscuits, don't bake them quite as long. Likewise, if you want a crunchy biscuit, just bake them for a few extra minutes.
I would only recommend adding one biscuit per day to your dog's diet. If you feed him multiple biscuits each day, you'll need to compensate for the added calories by reducing the amount of food you feed him each day.