5 DIY Summer Treats for Your Pets

Summer—the time of year to head outside, go on adventures and soak up the sun. Just as you love enjoying the weather during this time of year, your animals do too! After spending a long day outside with mom, there’s nothing more rewarding for your pets than a cool, refreshing treat. This week, the Precise team has put together five DIY summer treat recipes that are simple to make and will leave your animals begging for more:

#1. PB + Jam Freezies via Pawsh Magazine

If there’s one thing all dogs love, it’s peanut butter—combining a frozen treat with peanut butter? You’ve hit doggie gold. Here’s what you’ll need to create this unique treat: 12 medium/large strawberries, 3-4 spoonfuls of organic peanut butter, ¼ cup of cold water, and an ice cube tray. Step one: wash the strawberries and remove the tops. Step two: once the strawberries are prepped, blend them with the water until fully pureed. Step three: pour the mixture into the ice cube tray about ¾ and top with dollops of peanut butter to fill the remainder of the slot. Step four: pop into the freezer for a couple hours until frozen…and voila! Ready to enjoy.

#2. Frozen Yogurt Treats via The Bark

Yogurt is one of those “go-to” ingredients that can be spruced up to create some pretty tasty treats. That being said, this DIY treat calls for four simple pantry ingredients: 4 cups of plain yogurt, ½ cup of peanut butter, 2 tablespoons of honey, and 1 ripe, mashed banana. Melt the peanut butter in the microwave for around 30 seconds, then place all four ingredients into the blender until smooth. Once smooth, pour the mixture into a popsicle tray, freeze until firm and serve to your animals!

#3. Doggie Breath Freshener Treats via The Nerdy Farm Wife

It’s no secret that animals can have some pretty stinky breath, especially after running around in the heat all day. To help combat the bad breath, head to your garden and grab a large pinch of mint leaves and fresh parsley. Combine the parsley and mint leaves in a food processor along with a 6 oz. container of plain yogurt. Divide the mixture into an ice cube tray and freeze until solid. Not only will this treat leave your pups lickin’ their lips but you’ll also love the fresh smell left behind!

#4. Frozen Tuna Treats via Wonder Forest

Mention the word tuna and your cats will be running towards their bowls. For this recipe, you’ll need: a can of tuna, ½ cup of water, a mixing bowl, plastic bag, and an ice cube tray (noticing a trend?). To begin, mash the undrained tuna in a mixing bowl and add the water. Next, fill the plastic bag with the mixture and cut a small hole in one end. Finally, fill the ice trays and freeze. After a few hours, pull the treat out of the freezer and watch your cats chow down!

#5. Doggie S’mores via Sugar & Soul

Nothing says summer more than making s’mores around the campfire. This year, let your dog be participate in the fun, too! This simple DIY treat includes three ingredients: dog biscuits, carob chips, and fluff. First, place the carob into the microwave for 30 second intervals until completely smooth. Following the carob, warm up the fluff for ~20 seconds in the microwave. Dip your dog biscuits into the carob first and then the fluff. Once all of the treats are dipped, set them on wax paper until the carob is hardened and you’re done! Break out these treats during your next campfire and let your pups dig in! Reminder—chocolate is toxic for animals and should never be given as a treat.

With the summer heat here to stay, these DIY treats are sure to keep your animals cool and their tummies happy. For more simple and sweet DIY summer treats, visit here.

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Five Ways to Celebrate Your Pet’s Birthday

We say it all the time—our pets are a part of our family. Their sweet meows, sloppy kisses, barks, and goofy antics make our personal social media channels adorable, and our phone storage very low. We constantly seek to capture the sweet things they do, commemorating each milestone our sweet fur babies make. Their birthdays should be no different! This week, the Precise team has conjured up five ways that you can make your pet’s birthday a pawesome one!

#1: Homemade Goodness

On our birthdays, we get cake. On your pet’s birthday, go the extra mile and make some homemade tasty treats! Check out a recent blog post we wrote on simple DIY pet recipes that both your feline and canine will love! Interested in switching things up? Pinterest has a ton of pet-friendly at-home recipes for your pet…like these pupcakes!

#2: Get Them a Birthday Gift

Your pet’s toy box is probably looking a bit outdated…or destroyed from playing too hard! Revamp their playful selection by either making DIY pet toys, or buying them new gear to toss! Your pet will be so excited to have a new fetch ball or scratching post to tackle!

#3: If it’s Hot, Grab the Ice

If your pet’s birthday is during the warm spring and summer months, a popsicle is just what they need. How do you make it? Simple. Grab some of your pet’s wet food and an ice cube tray. Fill the trays half way with your pet’s wet food. Fill the remainder with water. Freeze until solid. Then, go outside and let your pet cool down with a tasty, chilled popsicle!

#4: Lights, Camera, Cuteness

What’s the best way to commemorate an occasion? By capturing it! Grab your camera and get some photos of your precious pet on their special day. If you manage to get a shot of them each year, you’ll have a collection of images to last a lifetime. If your pet is comfortable, give them a birthday hat and party gear before taking the photo. See these photos for inspiration.

#5: Give Them an Extra Scoop of Wholesome Nutrition

You guessed it, we mean Precise. What better way to commemorate a year of happiness than an extra scoop of what keeps your pet healthy!

Get your pet’s special treat ready, fire up the candles (with your supervision), and sing your heart out to “happy birthday.” It’s your pet’s special day!

Mind you, many fur babies that have been adopted don’t have a birth “day” per say. After making a quick visit to the vet, the doctor should be able to tell you an around-about date that they were likely born (or, you could just celebrate for a week straight, just saying).  DOGust 1st also commemorates a universal birthday for all shelter dogs.

Does your pet have a birthday coming up? Tell us how you plan to celebrate in the comment box below!

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Three Homemade Treats for Your Furry Friend

Our pets are more than just pets; they’re family. Their main priority is to keep us happy, and we’re pretty alike in that mindset—all we want is to keep them happy, too. Show your pet some love by rolling up your sleeves, and preparing them a nice homemade treat from the heart. We’ve scoured the internet for three of the tastiest, Precise approved, pet treat recipes we could find. Let’s get cooking!

#1. Tasty Tuna Crackers via ASPCA® Pet Health Insurance

Does your cat enjoy Precise Naturals® Simmered Seafare? If so, they’ll love this simple fishy cracker treat. Look in your pantry for a 6 oz. can of tuna. Grab one cup of cornmeal, one cup of flour, and 1/3 cup of water. Mix all of the ingredients together. Once everything is completely mixed, roll into 1/4-inch pieces on a greased baking sheet. Bake the Tasty Tuna Crackers for 20 minutes at 350° Fahrenheit. Try and keep your kitty at bay until the treats have cooled completely, and then, let them dig in!

#2. Yogurt Peanut Butter Banana Dog Treats via Cooking with Janica

So, we’re not going to lie…these treats look good enough for humans to eat. If your pup is a fan of peanut butter, you will surely have their tail wagging over this yummy treat. This recipe calls for one large banana, 32 oz. of plain yogurt, one tablespoon of honey (optional) and three tablespoons of peanut butter. Slice up the banana and throw it, along with your other ingredients, into a food processor or mixer. Blend everything together. Once your ingredients are nice and mixed, pour the contents in a silicone mold; Janica recommends these cute paw prints. Freeze for at least two ours. Then, enjoy!

#3. Chicken Pot Pie Biscuits via Doggy Dessert Chef

These unique biscuits are tasty treats for your dog and cat alike! Head to the kitchen and preheat your oven to 350° Fahrenheit. For this recipe, you will need: 1/2 cup of cooked and shredded chicken, 1/2 cup of cooked and mashed peas, 1/4 cup of shredded carrots, 1/2 cup of chicken broth, and 1 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour. Combine all of the ingredients and mix well. Roll the dough on a floured surface and make 1/4-inch shapes on an ungreased baking sheet. Poke the biscuits with a fork to prevent air bubbles. Cook for 15-20 minutes. Cool the cookies, and chow down!

We’re sure that your feline and canine friends will appreciate the extra effort you put into their special treat! You may even have some of these ingredients lying around your kitchen. If that’s the case, “bone” appétit!

Have you contrived your own furry-approved snack? Share your recipe with us in the comments below!

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Four Simple DIY Dog Toys

Let us guess, the holidays are over, and Fido has already worn out his durable presents. We know the feeling. Not everyone has expendable cash at the start of the year, so we have a few tricks to keep your pup entertained in the meantime. Check out these four DIY dog toys that you can create by repurposing household items!

#1. Crackling Fetch Toy

Does your pup love toys that crackle? Grab an empty water bottle and a long sock to get crafting! Insert the bottle inside of the sock. Then, be sure to knot the sock, so the bottle is tucked away. It’s as simple as that! If you don’t have a sock lying around, an old-t-shirt will work just the same! Cut about ½ yard of fabric, and tuck the bottle in the inner-most part of the shirt, then, tie the shirt so the bottle is within the fabric.

#2. Homemade Treat Tumbler

If treats get your pet going, this toy will certainly keep them occupied. Grab your pet’s favorite treats and an old, deflated tennis ball. Cut a small hole in the tennis ball, and wedge the Healthy Habits treats inside. Shake the ball to get your pup’s attention, and let them have it! This treat puzzle is also wonderful because the rubber construction of the ball prevents immediate tearing!

#3. Braided Tug Toy

Do you have too many old t-shirts lying around? Let’s put them to good use. All you need for this toy are two old t-shirts and a pair of scissors. Lay out your shirts and cut vertical strips through the fabric, leaving the top inch of the fabric intact. After you make your cuts, begin intertwining the two fabrics together in a braid. Tie off the ends with a strip of the shirt fabric, and viola—you have a homemade braid tug toy! This may even keep your pet from rolling around in fresh laundry! This homemade toy already comes with your scent in tow.

#4. Toss Toys

For this toy, grab another old tennis ball or an old squeaky ball, a ribbon, scissors and another ½ yard of fabric. Cut your fabric into strips, fold them in half, and wrap the fabric around your centered ball. Tie off the ball with a ribbon, making sure that the ball is nice and tucked away inside the fabric. Then, get to tossing!

Not only will your pup love their new toys, you also get to save a bit of money and have fun crafting a one-of-a-kind trinket for your pet. Have any other DIY tricks you can share with us? Comment below!

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