Buyer Beware

I was out at the farmers’ market yesterday and I came across a table where they had what looked like homemade (or at least not mass marketed) dog treats. Since I don’t have a dog anymore, I just glanced at them and was going to walk by when I saw the ‘flavor.’ It was peanut butter and bacon. I stopped and looked at them in confusion. Anyone else catch what the problem was? Yep, that’s right, it had pork in it. Those of you who follow my blog (thank you so much, by the way, I squeal whenever someone follows my blog, lol) may be familiar with my past post about the evils of pork: Pets and Pork Don’t Mix. If you haven’t read it, please click the link and check it out. It explains why pork is so bad for dogs and cats.

I waited until the woman working the table was finished with the people ahead of me and then I asked her about the treats. The treats said they had ‘natural flavors’ and she informed me that it was indeed real bacon as opposed to some kind of artificial flavoring. I told her about how pork was dangerous to the point of possibly being deadly for dogs and she was surprised. She had no idea and stated she’d never heard that before. Her attitude and body language also told me that she didn’t believe me. Now, normally I wouldn’t say anything more, but it would have been irresponsible of me to just leave. So, I told her I was an LVT, so that was how I knew. She nodded politely and I could tell she wasn’t the type who would do any research and that she would continue to sell those potentially deadly dog treats. Well, at least I informed her.

My purpose in writing this is to warn all of you and any other pet owners you know to ALWAYS read the ingredients in whatever you buy for your pets. Just because it’s ‘all natural’ or ‘organic’ or whatever other catchy term the companies are using now a days doesn’t mean it’s safe. Just because it’s made by a ‘big name’ pet company doesn’t mean it’s safe, either. So, do your pets and your wallet (hospital bills can be expensive) a favor and always check ingredients before you buy!

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Peanut Butter Dog Treats

For this recipe, I recommend using cute cookie cutters in all kinds of shapes and sizes.

 

Ingredients

2 cups whole wheat flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 cup peanut butter ( chunky or smooth)

1 cup milk

 

Directions

Preheat your oven to 375*.

Mix the dry ingredients together and set aside. Mix the peanut butter and milk together. Combine the wet and dry ingredients.

Roll out the dough to about 1/4 inch thick and don’t forget to flour your counter. Cut out your shapes, reforming and rolling the dough as needed to use all of the dough.

Bake for 10-11 minutes and allow to cool completely before storing or giving to your dogs. We don’t want any burned tongues!

 

This is a perfect excuse to turn the oven on during a cold, dreary winter day! You can make some for your pooch or for the dogs of friends. Check with your local shelters to see if they’ll take homemade treats and take a few goodie bags out to them, too!

Why Buy Treats When You Can Make Them: Homemade Treats for Dogs and Cats

 

This recipe gives those pets with food allergies a way to have yummy treats. It also allows owners to save money! Your pet doesn’t have to have allergies for you to do this. This recipe uses the dog’s or cat’s normal food, so nothing new is introduced to upset sensitive tummies or trigger allergic reactions!

Grind dry food into a ‘flour’, so grind it up nice and fine.
Mix enough water to form a dough and shape into cookies.
Bake at 350* on a cookie sheet for 25-30 minutes until crispy.
Allow to cool and refrigerate unused portion.

Enjoy the journey with your pet!