How to Make Dog Treats with Tuna (Easy Steps & Complete Guide)

Making your own dog treats is the best way to ensure they’re ingesting the right ingredients. There are many things you can include in a recipe. But, what about tuna?

There is a means in how to make dog treats with tuna. But, as with most other fish, there are some warnings about feeding it to your dog. Mainly, it has a high concentration of mercury, which can poison your pooch.

What Are the Warnings that Come with Feeding Tuna to Dogs?

While most tuna is sufficient enough for dogs to consume, it has high levels of mercury and salt. This is particularly true of the canned types of tuna. That means, when you want to include it in your pup’s favorite biscuit recipe, you’re going to have to be serious about sourcing it.

Avoid canned tuna for your dog. The only exception is if the manufacturer can guarantee pure sourcing without added salt and that it only sits in spring water. You can also use fresh tuna filets. Once again, make sure they’re not from farming operations and only wild caught.

Is There Any Nutritional Benefit of Tuna for Dogs?

Tuna comes packed in protein along with vitamins, minerals and nutrients your dog needs. Therefore, there’s a lot of benefit to feeding tuna to your furry friend. However, you want to be judicious in how much you feed your dog.

Because the oceans are polluted, there are lots of toxins and poisons dumped into it on a regular basis. This means there’s far too much mercury in tuna than there should be. While a little bit of tuna here and there won’t hurt your dog, if it becomes a regular part of their diet, it will.

Mercury has a tendency to build up in your dog’s body over time. It can cause a host of symptoms including nausea, vomiting, blindness, anxiety and many others. Therefore, be mindfully ginger about how much tuna you feed your dog.

How Do You Make Tuna Treats for Pups?

The following are a couple recipes you can make for your dog. Use these to fill their belly at the park, as training treats or special rewards. Make sure all the ingredients you use are fresh, organic and free of genetically modified organisms.

Puffy Tuna Treats for your Pooch (or kitty)

This recipe is good for those who have both cats and dogs at home.

Items You’ll Need

  • Non-Stick Frying Pan or Glass Baking Dish
  • Spatula
  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • Measuring Cups and Spoons
  • Spoon
  • Fork
  • Cookie Sheet
  • Parchment Paper
  • Rolling Pin
  • Cookie Cutters or a Sharp Knife

Ingredients

  • 1 Fresh Tuna Filet
  • 1½ Cups Gluten-Free All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Cup Lactose-Free Milk (goat or coconut)

Instructions

  1. Precook the tuna filet without grease, fat or oil in a non-stick frying pan or baking dish. You can cook this on the stove or in the oven. Do not leave it partially raw like you would for people, cook it all the way through.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350°F and set the tuna off to the side to cool while you prepare the batter.
  3. Blend the milk, flour and egg in the large mixing bowl. Ensure it blends well and stir it thoroughly.
  4. Then, break up the tuna filet with a fork so it’s in little itty bitty pieces. Mix it into the biscuit batter that should form into a dough at this point. If it’s too moist, add a little more flour and when far too dry, include a little more water or lactose-free milk.
  5. Flatten the dough with a rolling pin to about ¼ inch thick.
  6. Take your cookie cutter or a knife and make bite-sized pieces that will be small enough for your dog.
  7. Arrange the biscuits in a single layer on the cookie sheet that’s covered with a piece of parchment paper.
  8. Put the sheet into the oven and bake for about 30 minutes or until the biscuits fluff up and become slightly golden brown.
  9. Take out the sheet from the oven to cool the treats down. Put the puffs into airtight containers. Store them on the counter or in the fridge depending on how often you feed it to your dog.

Tuna & Cheesy Treats

These savory treats are not only packed with plenty of protein for your precious pup, but it’s also good for its joints and bones due to the turmeric.

Items You’ll Need

  • Non-Stick Frying Pan
  • Measuring Cups & Spoons
  • Parchment Paper
  • Cookie Sheet
  • Large Bowl
  • Small Bowl
  • 2 Mixing Spoons
  • Fork
  • Spatula
  • Whisk
  • Rolling Pin
  • Cookie Cutters or a Sharp Knife

Ingredients

  • 3 Cups Gluten-Free All Purpose Flour
  • 3 Tbsp Parmesan Cheese, fresh and grated (not in a green shaker can)
  • 1 Fresh Tuna Filet, cooked in 1 Cup Water (purified or reverse osmosis)
  • 1 Carrot, peeled and grated
  • 2 Eggs
  • ½ tsp Turmeric, powdered

Instructions

  1. Cook the tuna in purified or reverse osmosis water. Make sure it’s well done and no pink is visible.
  2. Turn the heat off and set the tuna to the side to cool down.
  3. Preheat your oven up to 350°F and cover the sheet in parchment.
  4. Mix turmeric, cheese, carrot and flour.
  5. Beat the eggs together with a whisk in a smaller bowl. Beat until foamy and frothy then blend into the flour mixture.
  6. Once the tuna cools to the touch, tear it into tiny pieces with a fork. Add that along with the water into the dough.
  7. Mix the dough well and use your hands if necessary.
  8. Roll out the dough and flatten it to about ¼ inch thick.
  9. Cut the treats out with a cookie cutter or sharp knife, ensuring they’re bite-sized enough for your pup to eat.
  10. Arrange the treats in a single layer over the expanse of the cookie sheet and bake for about 30 minutes, or until golden brown.
  11. Turn the oven off and let them sit for another hour, this will make them super crunchy.
  12. Put them in airtight containers.