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Homespun Doggie Treats

Updated on August 3, 2008

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Recently, the dog food scare has left many dog owners concerned about lax safety standards in the pet food industry. Poisonous chemicals and foreign materials were allowed to blend into and contaminate our innocent pet's food. Proving to be highly toxic. Although, many higher end products are more than likely safe, it makes you wonder if preparing your own food for your pet would be the common sense and wiser approach. After all, your dog is part of your family, and you wouldn't want your dog to eat something you weren't sure was safe.

Creating your own dog's daily menu doesn't have to be difficult. In fact there are plenty of easy recipes and viable solutions in order to avoid dishing out cash for store brands. A simple meal could consist of chopped up left over meat (preferably unseasoned) and a small serving of brown rice. Throw in some chopped cooked carrots or green beans and your pet dines like royalty. The variety of human food will allow your dog to get it's daily allowances of vitamins, carbohydrates and antioxidants. A healthy approach that in the long run will prove convenient and less expensive.

The trick will be in the transition period. Allow your dog to gradually make the move from commercial grade dog food to good old home cooking. Begin by adding only ¼ of prepared food with his or her normal cuisine, until their system becomes accustomed to this new way of eating. Always consult your veterinarian on what method and ingredients you've decided to use, they can help you through the process and offer words of wisdom as to proper adjustments and appropriate serving size.

Homemade Doggie Stew

Foods Dogs Should NOT Eat

Chocolate (especially dark), raisins, grapes, onions, garlic, coffee, eggplant, macadamia nuts, baby food (may contain garlic), fish (may contain bones), cat food (too high in protein), tea, citrus oil, mushrooms, salt, sugary foods, yeast dough, tomatoes, avocados, raw eggs, tomatoes, nutmeg, alcohol.

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1. Halloween Delights ~

Ingredients: 1 ½ cups whole wheat flour, ¼ cup butter (softened), 1 ½ tablespoons honey, ½ cup pumpkin, 1 egg , ½ cup organic milk

In medium mixing bowl, mix flour, butter and honey until smooth. In separate small bowl, mix egg, pumpkin and milk. Then combine both mixtures. Depending on size and weight of dog, either use a teaspoon drop or tablespoon drop, and place onto cookie sheet. Bake at 400 degrees about 10 minutes. Allow to cool completely before serving.

2. Banana Treats ~

Ingredients: 6 ripe medium bananas, 6 cups quick rolled oats, ½ cup of unsweetened applesauce, 2 ½ tablespoons peanut butter (preferably natural), 2 teaspoons flax seeds (ground)

Mash bananas, add applesauce, peanut butter and flax into medium bowl and mix well. Stir in oats and drop onto baking sheet using a tablespoon. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for about 15-20 minutes. Cool and Serve.

3. Beefie Brownie Bites ~

Ingredients: 1 lb. Beef, 1 cup whole wheat flour, 1 cup cornmeal, 2 eggs

Puree liver in food processor. Add eggs, whole wheat flour and cornmeal and mix gently. Greese cookie sheet and pour mixture onto it. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 mintues. Flip midway through baking. When completely cooled, cut into desired squares. (These freeze excellent)

4. Doggie Stew ~

Ingredients: 1 lb. desired meat (beef or chicken), 1 carrot finely chopped, 1 celery stick finely chopped, 1 small potatoe peeled and finely chopped, 1/2 cup of green beans cut into small pieces, 1 tablespoon of steak sauce (make sure not spicy)

Mix all ingredients lightly into a large casserole dish. Add water just to cover and place lid. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes. Allow to cool completely for about an hour before serving. This also freezes well.

5. Easy Chicken Jerky ~

Ingredients: 8-10 ounces of chikcen breast sliced into thin strips. Place strips onto a non-stick or greased cookie sheet and bake at a very low heat of 180 degrees for several hours (3-4) in order to cook similar to a dehydrator. When finished your dog wil love the chewness of the chicken and it can be frozen for later if desired.

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      Neko-chan 

      10 years ago from Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

      Strange that they say you can crack a raw egg over their food to give their coats a healthier shine.

      Never give your dog corn products; they cannot digest them properly, so that means that nearly every dog food you can commercially buy is out of the question, as they contain some form of corn. But interesting how they give vegetables to a dog, who is a carnivore, and doesn't have a digestive track long enough to really process them. Be sure the dog gets a serving of fresh raw meat though, as that is what their systems can handle.

      A coworker and I were just discussing dogs and dogfood the other day. I'm not entirely sure that what she said is true or merely alarmist babble, but I am inclined to agree that cooking your own pets food is the best for it.

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