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Keeping dog treats

by Louise

Are there any dog cookie recipes that you can make that will keep the way people cookies do without refrigeration?

Louise Gallagher

Thank you for the question Louise.

The elements in either dog or people cookies that make them go bad if not refrigerated are moisture and fat. Moisture makes cookies get moldy and fat can go rancid. The trick is to use a recipe that bakes a hard, dry dog treat. That eliminates the elements that go bad and thus no refrigeration is needed.

We offer some recipes on this site, or if you want a fool proof method, you can use a commercially available mix from sites such as or others.

Also, a great tip for dealing with mold is to add the all natural mold inhibitor "ascorbic acid" which is also sold by This is a powder that is used 1/8 teaspoon per cup of mix and helps to inhibit mold. It is a natural vitamin so it is also healthy. We discourage the use of artificial preservatives both for people and for dogs.

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No refrigeration dog treats
by: Dog Treat Icing Expert

If you mean K9Cakery treat mixes, if you follow the directions then the finished product does not need refrigeration (assuming you don’t add something that remains moist or the final product after baking has unbaked ingredients like raw meat or unbaked cheeses). We use no preservatives so they will not last indefinitely but are fine for a few weeks if truly dry and crunchy after baking. Oils can go rancid after a while so be careful to use an oil with a longer shelf life. Using a mold inhibitor and/or natural antioxidants can reduce the chances of oils going rancid.

no refrigeration dog treats
by: Anonymous

It doesn't look like any of your recipes are safe to not refrigerate - having oil was a problem you said. Since I wanted to make treats to have at a church bazaar and bake sale definitely need ones that do not need refrigeration

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