Preparing your dog treats at home is a good option to save money, provide healthier food and pick on fresh ingredients that are good for your precious fur baby.
Commercially made treats can be harmful too and there have been many instances where some of these products have been recalled due to harmful ingredients used. Home-cooked treats are more natural and organic in a way because you can control what kind of ingredients to use.
Before embarking on the preparing natural treats for your dog, please ensure that you are familiar with the many other ingredients that a dog cannot ingest. Here are few examples of food to avoid when preparing your dog’s natural treats:
Onions – can be poisonous to a dog affecting its blood and causing anaemia
Grapes/Raisins – can cause kidney failure
Chocolate – contains methylxanthines which is a toxin for dogs
Xylitol – found in sweeteners used for candies and gums, it can cause liver failure
Macadamia nuts – can cause muscle weakness and paralysis
Canned goods (human consumption) – due to high levels of salt (and sugar for some canned goods)
There are more but be careful with your food preparation.
Below are lists of resources where you can find recipes for your fur babies’ treats that you can make at home to ensure the highest level of quality and freshness your dogs deserve.
http://www.cesarsway.com/ – This is Cesar Milan’s site (the dog whisperer) and you can also find many tips on how to care, train your dogs
http://www.organic-pet-digest.com/homemade-dog-food-recipes.html – contains list of other sites that offer natural dog treat recipes
Have fun with the doggie treat preparation and couple that with lots of love and affection!