Saturday, July 20, 2013

Homemade Dog Treats!

Since it's summer, why not make some cool treats for you little buddy (;
I have never experienced anything more fun and rewarding than making treats for my pals, and since you're the one who's creating it, you are the one who gets to control the ingredients! You'll feel accomplished when your dogs enjoy the treat that you made yourself. 
Be aware that some dogs might have allergies to some of the ingredients used, such as peanut allergies or being lactose intolerant, if your pet seems to have a bad reaction, contact your vet immediately.

Peanut Butter Sun Flower Woof-Ganza 
This is probably one of the easiest treats I have ever made and it's quick!

  • Sunflower seeds (shelled and unsalted)
  • All natural peanut butter with no added sugar or salt (creamy peanut butter is recommended, for chunky varieties might pose a chocking hazard) 
>>Simply spoon out about a tablespoon (or less, it doesn't really matter how much!) of peanut butter and place it into a bowl and add some sunflower seeds as a topping! 
Doesn't this make him look like T.O.P from Big Bang? haha jk~
Peanut butter is a good source of proteins, vitamins, and healthy fats. 
Sunflower seeds have a whole bunch of health benefits, it's anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and heart-healthy, it's good for you, as well as your pet! Sunflower seeds are also loaded with Vitamin E, making it an important skincare ingredient, this can help prevent dryness or act as a remedy for dryness for you pooch! 
Just remember not  to feed your pet with a spoon-- an owner who was spoon feeding peanut butter to her Alaskan Malamute discovered that it was a horrible idea when her dog was so excited that it accidentally swallowed the entire spoon.

Apple Cubes
This is another simple and easy-to-make dog treat. Instead of apples, you could also substitute apples with blueberries, strawberries, cantaloupe, bananas, blueberries and watermelons. 
If you're interesting in knowing what human foods dogs could eat and health benefits, check out Paw Nation: What Human Foods Can Dogs Eat.
  • Onion-free Chicken or beef broth
  • Couple of apples
>> Chop apples into smaller pieces and place it into an ice tray filled with chicken or beef broth. Place in the freezer for 4-6 hours, or when it hardens. 

An apple a day can keep the veterinarian away! Apples are packed with fiber, vitamin A and vitamin C. If you decide to give your pet a whole apple, it would be best if you chopped it up and pitted the apple! 

Doggy Fro-yo
This is great for your pet this time of the year! Feed your doggy this fro-yo and they'll beg for more! 
Weekly "Drool" Recipe
  • 2 cups low-fat all natural yogurt with no sugar or artificial flavors/sweeteners -- you may also pick a fat-free yogurt, but make sure there are no fat substitutes like Simplesse or Olestra 
  • 1 banana
  • 1/3 cup all natural peanut butter
>> Place all the ingredients into a food processor, and process until smooth. Pour the mixture into silicon or paper molds and freeze for, at least, an hour. 

Banana's are filled with amino acids, minerals, vitamin B6 and C, electrolytes, potassium, magnesium, and fiber. Because of its sugar content, bananas are often given to working or athletic dogs, so if you're going on those long walks, bring a few bananas to keep you and your pet mighty strong!
Yogurt is a good source of calcium and protein. 
Check out a similar Frozen Yogurt treat: Pumpkin Frozen Yogurt Treat, it contains slightly different ingredients, but it's still a great recipe! 

Blueberry Frozen Dog Treats
This recipe is quite similar to the previous two recipes, for this also involves the freezer! The recipe for this varies quite a bit, but generally it just involves some berries and plain yogurt. 
Best Dog Treats
  • 1/2 cup plain low-fat all natural yogurt with no added sugar or artificial flavors
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup strawberries 
* Just like the Apple cubes,  instead of strawberries or blueberries, you could substitute apples, cantaloupe, bananas, blueberries and watermelons. 

>> Puree all ingredients in a food processor. Spoon the mixture into ice cube trays. Freeze for at least six hours. 

Blueberries are full of antioxidants and fiber, it's not only good for you, but also for your pet. If you decide to feed you puppy blueberries, frozen blueberries are a crunchy treat!
Strawberries are also packed with antioxidants and fiber, but it is also filled with vitamin C and... strawberries contain an enzyme that whitens your dogs teeth!

Peanut Butter Kong Toys
Kong toys keeps out pets entertained for many hours! A trick is to stuff the Kong toy, then seal it with peanut butter, pop it into the freezer and voila~ a brilliant masterpiece that would keep your dog busy longer! You could also: instead of putting treats in, fill it with just peanut butter.

If you want to find more homemade treats, check out Pinterest: DIY Dog Treats 

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