Monday, February 20, 2012

Treat 'em Right!

Just like us, our pups deserve nutrition that works for their health. My pups eat great food but occasionally when it comes to treats, I might not be as aware of what they are eating. I recently started doing my research on dog treats and have come up with a few recipes for home-made treats that are not only more nutritious than store-bought, but they are treats that my pets love and that are easy for me to make at home!
Holly waiting patiently while I bake her Oatmeal and Carrot Cookies.
Holly's favorite: Oatmeal and Carrot Cookies

What you'll need:
3 Cups Oatmeal, uncooked 
1 1/2 Cups whole-wheat flour 
1 3/4 Cup cold water 
1 Tablespoon parsley, chopped 
1/2 cup shredded carrots
1 Teaspoon baking soda  

What to do:
Mix all ingredients together. Spoon onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake 12 to 15 minutes at 350 degrees. Place on a cooling rack. Store in freezer for up to 2 months.

Parsley is a natural breath freshener. You can add it to your pups food for fresher breath.

Harley enjoying a frozen Kong treat.

If you don't have time to get into the kitchen to bake, my personal favorite treat involves about 5 minutes of prep time and your pups will go nuts for them!

Gather up your pets toys, I prefer Kongs and those that can be stuffed full of treats. Ensure that you have washed the toys before you begins -- these will be going into your freezer!

Fill the Kongs with great Vegetables. Green Beans are a low-calorie snack (great for those pups that might need to lose a few pounds). Carrots are always a favorite of my pets. 
I typically make up a Vegetable medley of Green Beans, Carrots, Squash, Zucchini, Cucumber and a small amount of Apples or Bananas. Add your Veggie mixture into the Kong then seal your Kong opening with a layer of Peanut Butter. Put the newly filled toys into a container (to prevent contamination in case they aren't squeaky clean) and put into your freezer!

Once frozen, these treats will take some time for your pet to get into, which means they are not only a delicious snack, but the treat is stimulating your pets mind, which can lead to a happier and healthier mental state for your pup! :-)

Holly and Cody's collection of Kong toys... 
Then there is the absolute easiest treats of all! Grab a bag of frozen Green Beans next time you are at your grocery store! When your pet needs a little snack, toss a few green beans his way! :-) 

Stephanie Conrad
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