How Long Can Homemade Dog Treats Last?

Mold… not a nice four letter word. You work so hard to bake your treats and they grow mold. You scratch your head, maybe swear a little and wonder how do other bakers do it? You can't believe they all bake the night prior to events because you know how much work goes into baking.

How Do I Stop my Homemade, All Natural Dog Treats from Getting Moldy After I Spend Hours Making Them?

🤫  Here's the Secret....

Most dog treat bakers don't add preservatives and they don't bake the night before!

😎  So, How do I Prevent Mold?

🐾  The first fact you want to remember is that mold is caused primarily because of moisture. 

🐾  So, if you remove most of the moisture from your treats, you will remove the chances of mold

🐾  Stop looking for the magical preservative, look at your oven instead

😀  My Oven???

There are two common ways to dry your treats out so they last for months. Convection Ovens and Dehydrators. You can also shut your regular ovens off after your treats are baked and leave your treats in overnight.

Most bakers bake then dehydrate their treats for 8 - 12 hours. That's it... easy peasy... no preservatives or freezers needed!

For best results... send off your oven baked or dehydrated dog treats to a Commercial Feed Lab and get a "shelf life" test done. Then... you can rest easy and say good bye to.... MOLD!!!!! 

🎂  Will Decorated Treats Grow Mold?

🐾  If you decorate treats using Pastries 4 Pets icing or frosting, then no. But, you need to follow the directions on the label for it to not grow mold.

🐾  The true fact to remember is that "moisture" grows mold, so if you decorate a dog treat or dog birthday cake and refrigerate or freeze it, the icing/frosting will become "wet/moist" again. Meaning it will grow mold unless you air dry it after removing it from the refrigerator or freezer.

🐾  So, remember, Pastries 4 Pets bakery products are intended to not be kept in the refrigerator or freezer. If you need to keep your bakery items refrigerated, remember they will only last 3 - 5 days normally before they grow mold.

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  • Malia

    Hi There! We make some dog treats that are meant to be softer. I tried dehydrating on the lowest dehydrate setting on my over but they were rock hard after 3 hours. Do you have tips on how to dehydrate yet keep treats softer?

  • Darla

    I always dehydrate my treats right after baking. Once they are called from the oven, they go straight into the dehydrator for approximately eight hours. Do you think I can bake the dog biscuits, and then several hours later put them in the dehydrator? Or do they have to be dehydrated right after being baked??

    I would love to know your thoughts on this question. Thank you very much

  • Raven

    Thank you!!!

  • Joseph Ingle

    I see all the websites and what not saying this works for dog chews and jerry’s but, does this work for dog treats such as the ones you make with multiple ingredients and aren’t chews? Just normal dog treats?

  • Sandy

    I bake peanut butter treats for my dog (pb, flour, water). Really simple ingredients. I bake them at 350 for 30 minutes. They dont always mold, usually just in the fall season for some reason. I am curious about the dehydrator afterwards. How do I gauge how long to dehydrate them after baking and at what temp? Thanks very much.

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