Hi, I'm Cindy Grant. And like many pet parents -I've stopped taking a chance on those store bought dpg treat products that may harm my canine family members. Now, I've researched "DIY" homemade dog treats. Don't think you have the time to make your own dog treats? Don't worry - it's as simple as making any other quick and easy recipe! And, your pups will love the results!
Why Make Homemade Dog Treats?
There are Potentially Toxic "Mystery" Ingredients Found In commercially produced Dog Foods & Treats. Also, they are often packed with artificial preservatives and other ingredients that you need to avoid in many chain store Dog Treats! So I've put together a list of the Top-Eleven Homemade Dog Treat Recipes Your Dog Will Love! Here are some of the ingredients, and types, I use in the recipes below that your pups will love!
- Peanut butter!
- Mashed Bananas!
- Diabetic Dog Treats!
- Turkey & Cranberry!
- Peanut Butter & Pumpkin!
- Very Vanilla, Carrot, Oats & more!
- Gluten-Free Homemade Dog Treats
- Other Healthy Ingredients
No Guesswork - Easy to Follow!
I've taken the guesswork and research out of the process and have found 11 of the best homemade dog treat recipes on NolongerWild.com. Plus, I'll break down why the featured ingredients in these recipes are beneficial to your pooch.
More and more dog parents are now on the route of the DIY homemade dog treats. As an added bonus, I've also consulted with the Dog Food Advisor on those "mystery" ingredients in dog foods and treats that can be potentially toxic to your pets. Read on...
Potentially Toxic "Mystery" Ingredients Found In Dog Foods & Treats
Some dog food manufacturers (usually those of a lesser quality brand) use inferior ingredients to keep the price of making their food and treats low, which only increases their profit margins.
Don't let your dog ingest potentially lethal ingredients to pad a company's "bottom line." Check the kibble and treats your canine companion is eating for these potentially dangerous ingredients.
Preservatives: Natural or Artificial?
Animal fats are crucial to your dog's daily diet; however, they have a very short "shelf-life" and are prone to turning rancid. For this reason, dog food manufacturers must preserve those fats. However, not all preservatives are created equally.
Natural preservatives: These are safe for your dog and are usually in the form of Vitamins C and E. (See Above) They may be listed on your kibble or treat package as their scientific names of ascorbic and tocopherol.
Artificial Preservatives: Anything "unnatural" may pose a higher risk of trouble. In the case of dog kibble and treats, these artificial preservatives are hidden under different words: Ethoxyquin. This ingredient is also used as a pesticide and a hardening agent to process rubber. In fact, the FDA suspects this dangerous ingredient may be the cause of certain liver and blood problems being found in the canine species. - References: http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/red-flag-ingredients/ethoxyquin-dangerous-dog-food-additive/
Did You Know This Stuff is in the Store Bought Treats You Feed Your Dog?
|Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA): This is considered an antioxidant - but not in a good way - and is used as another preservative in dog foods and treats. The cumulative effect of ingesting BHA is now being linked to certain cancers in our dogs.|
|Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT). This is another artificial preservative that has been linked to cancer in dogs. This may be because BHT is also used in jet fuel, the oil used for electrical transformers, petroleum products, rubber, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and even embalming fluid.|
|Food Dyes (Blue 2, Red 40, Yellow 5 and 6, 4-MIE): The addition of artificial colors to the dog kibble and treats is for our benefit only. Dogs do not care what color their food is, as long as it tastes good. These common dye-additives have been linked to hyperactivity, tumors, cancers and allergies in dogs.|
Propylene Glycol: This ingredient is used to reduce the moisture in dry kibble, which in turn will prevent the growth of bacteria. However, Propylene Glycol is also found in antifreeze! The very stuff they warn pet parents about!
In addition, the job this ingredient is being used for is actually having the reverse effect on our dogs. Our pets need moisture to help regulate all the systems in their bodies and inhibiting bacteria, is also not allowing the good gut bacteria to grow that our pooches need. The cumulative effects of this ingredient are now being linked to intestinal blockages and some intestinal cancers.
|References: http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/red-flag-ingredients/bha-in-dog-food/ http://truthaboutpetfood.com/food-dyes-called-rainbow-of-risks/|
Other Ingredients to Avoid in Dog Treats:
- Corn Syrup & Corn: Albeit, not toxic to our dog's, too much corn syrup (used as a sweetener) can cause pets to become overweight and even obese. In addition, too much of the sweet stuff can also lead to diabetes, hyperactivity and even changes in your dog's mental state.
Corn in its natural and processed state is also a no-no. This ingredient is used in kibble and treats as a cheap filler and can cause weight gain, plus it can easily become spoiled and even moldy.
- By-products: This is another cheap filler that dog food manufacturers like to sneak in their kibbles and treats to bulk it up. However, these by-products are just that - anything that cannot be consumed by humans. This can include sick livestock (including those with cancer) dead zoo animals, road kill, beaks, feathers, feet...you name it.
Homemade Dog Treats - Recipes Your Dog Will Love
Looks like these pups are waiting patiently for some treats! Thanks to some talented Bakers on the web, I've discovered these amazing recipes for DIY homemade dog treats. There's lots of different recipes to choose from so your dog will have plenty of yummy options. Plus, you'll know exactly what went into them and you can even learn more about the health benefits of each recipe's featured ingredient.
Cindy's Top-Eleven Dog Treat Recipes
- PB & Mashed Banana Homemade Dog Treats
- Homemade Diabetic Dog Treats
- Turkey & Cranberry Homemade Dog Treats
- Peanut Butter & Pumpkin Homemade Dog Treats
- Doggie Treats II Homemade Dog Treats
- Heavenly Health Homemade Dog Treats
- Very Vanilla Homemade Dog Treats
- Cosmos Reindeer Homemade Dog Treats
- Carrot & Oat Gluten-Free Homemade Dog Treats
- Blueberry, Oats and Flaxseed Homemade Dog Treats
- Super Simple Sweet Potato Homemade Dog Treats
- Other Healthy Ingredients
- Oats/Oat Flour
About the Author: Cindy Grant is the founder of NolongerWild.com and also a crazy fan of dogs, cats and all kinds of in-house little cute pets. With a such big passion in pets, I strongly hope that NolongerWild will become a friendly community where I can connect with those sharing the same hobby.