Bake-at-Home Brownie Mix
Your dog will surely enjoy this “homemade” treat. Bake-at-Home Brownie Mix uses carob, not chocolate, for flavoring. You can find it at local Ross Dress for Less stores for approximately $4.99. Or visit their website for other locations at www.americanhealthkennels.com.
No Grainers is a 100% grain-free dog treat packed with protein. They’re a great choice for canines allergic to grain fillers. No Grainers chicken-bacon flavored biscuits come in small, medium and large sizes, and they’re also offered in a semi-soft version with three flavors. No Grainers are available at Wal-Mart stores for $1.50 per 7-oz. package and $3.50 per 20-oz. bag. Visit www.NoGrainers.com for more information or follow them on Twitter.
Cat Grass Plus
Cats enjoy eating grass so why not give your kitty his own green treat to nibble on in the safety and comfort of the great indoors? Cat Grass Plus allows you to grow your own quickly and easily. Cat Grass Plus ingredients include grass seed, barley, oats and/or wheat along with a non-toxic water absorption agent. You can purchase Cat Grass Plus for $5.94 at Wal-Mart stores. The company promises sprouts in just two days!
Homemade Treats for Dogs:
Dog’s Favorite Hot Dogs
Cheap hot dogs work just fine. Cut into small pieces. Spread out in a single layer on a paper towel. Microwave for three minutes. They should be crispy around the sides and slightly rubbery in the center.
Distribute bouillon evenly in ice cube trays. Select very low or no sodium bouillon cubes or canned broth. Freeze until solid. If desired, chop into chips by placing cubes in a thick plastic bag and hitting with a hammer.
- 6-oz. can of tuna
- ¼ cup water drained from tuna
- 3 Tbsp cooked egg white, chopped
- ¼ cup cornmeal
- ½ cup whole wheat flour
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine tuna, egg white and water. Add cornmeal and flour and blend to form dough. Knead into a ball and roll to ¼-inch thick. Cut into 1-inch sized pieces. Bake for 20 minutes. Makes 12 cookies.
- 1½ cup rolled oats
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- ½ cup flour
- ½ cup tuna oil, chicken broth, or beef bouillon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients into dough. Dust hands with flour and form small, ½ inch thick, round biscuits. Set on greased cookie sheet. Bake 30 minutes or until biscuits are slightly browned. Cool 30 minutes before serving.
Remember, treating pets is a good thing when you practice moderation, proper portions and types of treats. Follow these tips to “treat your pet right:”
- Choose treats specially made for your type of pet. Specialty stores offer formulations for all kinds of animals including dogs, cats, ferrets, reptiles, birds and more. Consult your veterinarian if your pet has food allergies or special dietary needs.
- Don’t fill pet up on treats before mealtime.
- Look for snacks that benefit your pet’s overall wellbeing. There are many ‘all natural’ selections containing no preservatives. Healthy morsels might include treats that clean teeth, have added vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. An arthritic pet can benefit from treats with glucosamine.
- Fresh veggies are good snacks for pocket pets like gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs, etc. Always consult your veterinarian first to make sure the foods are acceptable.
- Ask your veterinarian how many calories your pet needs per day. Then add up the calories his/her food provides and never let treats exceed daily caloric needs.
- A good rule of thumb, don’t let treats equal more than 10% of pet’s daily diet.
Human food not safe for pets
The following foods have been identified as potentially toxic, even fatal to dogs: alcohol, avocados, chocolate, macadamia nuts, fatty, moldy or spoiled foods, onions, grapes and raisins, salt, and yeast dough.