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Easy, Healthy Homemade Dog Treats

homemade dog treatsWe pet owners love to pamper our furry babies, and one of the best ways to do this is to give them treats. But with so many foods and treats been recalled, can we be sure we are feeding our pets real, healthy treats? What options do we have if we want only the best for our dogs? Well, we can make healthy, easy homemade dog treats ourselves.

Hey… don’t run away ūüôā I don’t like cooking very much myself, but these are a breeze. Simply read on and I think you’ll give the idea a second chance.

Different Types of Homemade Dog Treats

Here are three basic ideas for tasty, homemade dog treats that only take a few minutes to make. You can set some aside for a week and freeze the rest. Do as much as you like and add whatever other healthy ingredients your pooch prefers.

1. Chicken Breast Treats

If the breast is too thick, cut it in half. Put on a baking sheet in the oven on medium heat and broil until it’s light brown and dry. Let it cool down before¬† cutting into pieces of your choice. Keep refrigerated or freeze a portion for next week (or for the whole month).

2. Two-Ingredient Dog Treats

You’ll need whole wheat flour and two jars of pureed baby food. You can replace the flour with spelt, bean flour, rolled oats or whatever you like. Choose baby food like chicken and sweet potato, raspberry, applesauce, peanut butter, etc. Avoid any food with chocolate, raisin, grapes, onion or garlic. You can check the “Do Not Feed” list to see exactly what you should avoid. Combine the two ingredients and add water or flour if needed.

Form a stiff dough and, on a lightly floured surface, roll it to a 1/4 inch thick. Use a knife or a bone shaped¬†cookie cutter (or a flower, or… you get the idea) and place on parchment paper on a cookie sheet about half inch from each other. Bake at 350¬į F¬†for 20 to 30 minutes. After totally cooled, keep in a paper bag (if not they will soften but will still be good to eat).

I used oat roll (1 cup) and whole wheat flour (1 cup). I made three different cookie sizes to fit my three dogs. After 20 minutes, I turned them over for another 10. As stated before, feel free to have some fun with cute shapes for these fancy dog cookies.

To see if my pooches loved the homemade dog treats, check out the image at the top of this post ūüôā

3. Summer Frozen Chicken Cube

Use caned chicken broth (low in sodium) and add minced carrots, parsley, banana and sweet potato. Stir all ingredients together and fill small bowls or ice cubes with the blend. Freeze until solid. You can also use any vegetables/fruits that your dog loves.

Benefits of Homemade Dog Treats

Besides being fun to make and the enjoyment of watching your pet excitedly devour something you made, homemade dog treats have some great advantages:

  • You know exactly what’s in the cookie.

  • You decide on the treat’s size.

  • You can control the dog’s calorie intake.

Search the internet for more ideas, but don’t forget that dogs aren’t supposed to eat everything humans eat, so be careful. Bon Appetit!

Health Alert: Jerky Pet Treat Recall

jerky pet treat recallThe FDA has issued a jerky pet treat recall due to over 3600 dogs and 10 cats to date reportedly becoming ill from eating all kinds of jerky pet treats. Most of these treats are made in China. To date, the FDA has not been able to identify the cause of the illnesses, but the correlation between eating the treats and the number of illnesses has warranted an investigation.

The FDA is asking for veterinarians and consumers to report any suspected cases. The FDA and the American Veterinary Medical Association recommend eliminating jerky treats that were not made in the USA from your pet’s diet.

Jerky Pet Treat Recall: Illness Symptoms

Most pets who have been affected have had symptoms within hours to days of eating the products.  Symptoms include decreased appetite, decreased activity, vomiting, diarrhea (sometimes with blood or mucous), increased water consumption and/or increased urination. Severe cases are diagnosed with pancreatitis, gastrointestinal bleeding and kidney failure, or the resemblance of a rare kidney related illness called Fanconi syndrome. Many have recovered from the illness, but the FDA has reports of more than 580 deaths.

Reporting Complaints

If you think your pet has contracted any illness due to the treats, you can help the FDA’s investigation by reporting complaints through the Safety Reporting Portal.

You can also contact the pet food/treats company and alert them about your pet’s illness (see packaging information). While this jerky pet treat recall continues, consider purchasing some safe, organic dog treats.

Source – Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital in NJ

Organizing a Dog Birthday Party

Organizing a Dog Birthday PartyCelebrating our furry baby’s birthday can be the same as celebrating¬†a human’s. Organizing a dog birthday party may involve a new outfit, a small present, a gathering of 4-legged friends, and of course, a real birthday cake. Whether you decide to invite a bunch of other pets or just some family and friends, a dog birthday party can be a great excuse to get together and have some fun.

Dog Birthday Clothes

Why not make your pooch the center of attention with some dog birthday clothes? Designer dog clothes manufacturers are now offering “happy birthday” tees with or without¬†Rhinestones. The shirts are simple and easy to wear. They are priced very reasonably¬†from $17.90 to $26.99, depending on design¬†and size.¬†They are also available for extra small dogs and up to 3XL dogs.

Rhinestone Dog Birthday Girl Shirt
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For more fun, you can add party hats, available in both Pink and Blue, for just $6.59 each. These are great for when several pets attend the party. Other birthday toys such as the Loofa birthday toy or plush cake are also available starting at the low price of $7.50.

Birthday Treats

For me, and¬†I¬†suspect¬†for the pups too, the cake and treats are the best part. Organic real dog birthday cakes for him or her are available with different lettering, colors and personalizing¬†options. The¬†cakes are 4.5″ W x 2.25″ H and will satisfy three or four medium dogs for $25.99.

Dog Birthday Party Cake
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You can also pamper your pooch with one of the unbelievable new designer real dog cakes. Choose the prince or princess cake, the Punk Rock Skull Blue or Pink cake or Sock Monkey cake. If he really likes to chase squirrels, the Woodland Squirrel Personalized Cake is the perfect match.

All cakes are made with organic carrots, organic oat flour, natural wildflower honey, all-natural peanut butter, organic cage-free eggs, peanut oil, baking powder, cinnamon, pure vanilla extract, baking soda, carob and/or yogurt coating. All the good stuff is here. The cakes are a perfect treat for up to 3-4 medium dogs. These go for around $37.00

If you’re organizing a dog birthday party with many other 4-legged guests, matching¬†Pupcakes¬†would be perfect. They’re priced at $27.00 for six of the same kind. They are very beautiful and your doggie will love them ūüôā