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Monday August 17, 2015

3 Simple Homemade Cat Treat Recipes

Get your cat’s motor running with these easy-to-make homemade cat treat recipes. They’re made with simple ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen.

Tasty Tuna Crackers

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What cat doesn’t go wild for tuna? Whip up these crackers and give your feline a special treat.

Ingredients

• 6 oz. undrained tuna

• 1 c. cornmeal

• 1 c. flour

• 1/3 c. water

Directions

Mix ingredients together. Roll into 1/4-inch pieces. Bake on a greased cookie sheet at 350° for 20 minutes. Cool and let your cat dig in!

Chicken Rollovers

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Your cat will get the protein they crave, and you’ll sniff the benefits of breath-freshening parsley.

Ingredients

• 1/2 c. ground chicken

• 1/3 c. oat flour

• 1 T. parsley, minced

Directions

Stir ingredients together in a mixing bowl. Spray a non-stick baking sheet. Roll ingredients into ½-inch balls and place 1 inch apart on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes, and let cool before serving.

Cheesy Cat Treats

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Calling all feline cheese connoisseurs! These cheesy delights will make your cat come running.

Ingredients

• ¾ c. shredded cheddar cheese

• ¾ c. whole-wheat flour

• ¼ c. plain yogurt

• ¼ c. cornmeal

• 5 T. grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

Combine ingredients into a dough. Roll it out to about 1/4 inch. Cut into one-inch pieces and bake on a greased cookie sheet at 350° for about 25 minutes.

Looking for other healthy cat snack ideas? You can try offering your cat these safe fruits and veggies.

Reminder: Treats such as these should not make up more than 10% of a pet’s caloric intake. Also, stomach upset may occur in pets who do not tolerate dietary changes well.


Monday August 10, 2015

3 Simple Homemade Dog Treat Recipes

These healthy and easy-to-make homemade dog treats are a great alternative to the store-bought kind, which can be packed with fat and sugar. They’re sure to make your dog’s tail wag!

PB&Y[ogurt] Balls

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Any dog who loves peanut butter will live for these tasty, protein-rich and easy-to-make treats. 

Ingredients

• 2 c. flour

• 2 T. peanut butter

• 12 oz. plain yogurt 
(with no artificial sweeteners, which can be toxic to dogs) 

Directions

Combine ingredients and let set for five minutes. Form small balls and place in a muffin pan. Bake at 350° for about 20 minutes. After they cool off, let your dog dig in.

Pumpkin Nibbles

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The high fiber content found in pumpkin can help promote good digestive regularity in dogs.

Ingredients

• 1 lb, lean ground turkey

• 1/2 c. pumpkin puree

• 1/4 c. parsley, minced

Directions

Cover baking sheet baking sheet with parchment paper. Stir ingredients together in a mixing bowl, and roll ingredients into 1-inch balls. Place on baking sheet and indent with thumb. Bake at 350° 15 minutes, and let cool before serving.

Carrot and Apple Treats

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Carrots and apples are packed with healthy vitamins and make delicious homemade dog treats.

Ingredients

• 1 c. whole-wheat flour

• 1 c. grated carrots

• 1 egg

• 1/2 c. unsweetened applesauce

Directions

Mix it all together, and roll dough into small balls. Press down gently to make treats about 1/4 inch thick. Bake at 350° for 30 to 40 minutes. Let them cool, and let your pup have at ‘em!

You can also offer your dog these safe fruits and veggies as a healthy snack.

Reminder: Treats such as these should not make up more than 10% of a pet’s caloric intake. Also, stomach upset may occur in pets who do not tolerate dietary changes well.


Monday August 3, 2015

Birthday Recipes Fit for Fido and Fluffy

Even the most pampered pet deserves an extra-special treat on their birthday, and these treats will have your four-legged friends dancing in circles for more—our office pets can attest!

DOGust Cake

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The universal birthday for shelter and rescued dogs is celebrated on August 1, a.k.a. DOGust.

Ingredients

Cake

• 1 c. whole-wheat flour

• 1 t. baking soda

• 1/4 c. peanut butter

• 1/4 c. plain applesauce

• 1 t. vanilla

• 1/3 c. honey

• 1 egg

Frosting

• 1 c. peanut butter

• 1 T. honey

Decoration

• 1/2 c. carrot shavings

• 1 apple, sliced

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°. Mix together flour and baking soda, and mix in remaining ingredients. Pour the mixture into greased 9-inch cake. Bake for 40 minutes and let cool. Combine frosting components and spread atop cake with butter knife or spatula. Decorate with carrot shavings and apple slices before serving.

Kitty Kupcakes

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Never to be overlooked, these cupcakes will have your feline friends purring loudly for more.

Ingredients

Cake

• 1 can tuna, drain water

• 1/4 c. shredded cheese

• 1/4 c. oat flour

• 1 egg

Frosting

• 1/2 c. plain mashed potatoes

Decoration

• Handful of favorite treats

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°. Break up tuna with a fork, and mix together cake ingredients. Fill 2-3 cups of a greased muffin tin with mixture. Bake for 15-20 minutes and let cool. Spread mashed potatoes atop each cupcake, and decorate with treats.

Looking for healthy snack ideas you can share with your pet regularly? Check out these safe fruits and veggies.

Reminder: Treats such as these should not make up more than 10% of a pet’s caloric intake. Also, stomach upset may occur in pets who do not tolerate dietary changes well.

 


Monday March 9, 2015

Gettin’ Crafty: Upcycled Pet Food Storage Container

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A perfect project for pet parents who want a durable and adorable—not to mention environmentally friendly—place to store their pet’s food! 

Supplies

•  An empty popcorn tin or small metal trash can with a lid
•  A can of spray paint (any color)
•  A self-adhesive chalkboard label
•  Chalk

Steps

  1. Wash, rinse and dry your container.
  2. Turn the container upside-down in well-ventilated area like on the lawn or in an open garage atop a painter’s tarp or old towel.
  3. Spray paint the outside of container and it’s lid, and let it dry.
  4. Adhere chalkboard label to side of the container.
  5. Identify the contents by writing on the label with a piece of chalk.

Personalize your container by decorating the label with different colors of chalk, maybe even adding a cute paw print design, and getting a new food scoop to match your newly revamped container.

 


Tuesday February 24, 2015

Veg Out with Your Pet

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Vitamin-rich fruits and vegetables can be a healthy way to supplement your pet’s regular canned or dry food diet. Just make sure they’re pet-safe, and always consult your vet before introducing new foods.


Monday December 1, 2014

A Pup's Turkey Feast

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Cook up a special Thanksgiving dinner for your dog with this simple and healthy recipe. It's a great way to use up leftovers too!

Ingredients
1 ½lb. cut up turkey (no bones or skin)
½ lb. cooked sweet potatoes, diced
½ c. cooked oatmeal
1 T. cranberry sauce

Directions
Mix all of the ingredients together and portion out at dinnertime. Store the
remainder in the refrigerator for a future meal.


Monday September 29, 2014

Apple + Carrot Dog Treats

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Want to make a special treat for your dog? Whip up some Apple + Carrot Treats. They’re simple to make and healthy for your best friend.

Ingredients
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup grated carrots
1 egg
½ cup unsweetened applesauce

Instructions
1. Mix it all together and roll dough into small balls.
2. Press down gently to make treats about ¼-inch thick.
3. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes.

Let them cool down and then let your pup have at ‘em! If you have a tasty recipe your dog or cat laps up, share it with us on Facebook.


Monday August 25, 2014

Treats for Furry Friends

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These cool treats are the perfect way to show your pet you care. Not to mention they are easy to make!

For dogs: Pour low-sodium chicken broth into a plastic bowl and add a small cube of cheese. Cover the bowl with a lid or plastic wrap and freeze it.

For cats: Put a scoop of your feline’s favorite we food (the wetter the better!) into a plastic bowl. Mix in a few soft cat treats, cover and freeze.

After the treat is frozen, run a little hot water over the bottom of the bowl to slide the treat out. Then offer it to your pet to enjoy!


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