I have yet to meet a dog that doesn’t love cheese. Cheddar cheese is packed with protein and flavor, but you do want to be careful not to overload your dog with too much. Most dogs will have no reaction at all to the occasional bit of cheese, but you should be aware that it is a common canine allergen. According to the ASPCA, “pets lack significant amounts of lactase, the enzyme needed to break down lactose in dairy products. As a result, some may have difficulty with digestion and end up with stomach upset. Cheese, however, has less lactose than milk and some other dairy products, so it’s less likely to cause problems.” Just be sure to use low fat cheddar cheese and feed these treats sparingly.
Makes 34 (2-inch) biscuits
2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
1/2 cup very finely shredded low fat cheddar cheese
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup homemade or fat free, low sodium chicken broth
1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
2. Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl.
3. Knead vigorously by hand until the mixture forms a smooth dough.
4. Generously dust the countertop with flour. Roll the dough out to about 1/2-inch thick, and cut into pieces using your desired cookie cutter.
5. Arrange the biscuits on a prepared baking sheet, and bake until firm to the touch, about 12 minutes.
6. When finished baking, turn the oven off, crack the oven door, and leave the biscuits to dry out for about 2 hours.
These treats must be stored in the refrigerator.