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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The Do’s and Don’ts of Thanksgiving Sharing

Thanksgiving. A holiday best known for its abundance of deliciously prepared food and of course, the notion of sharing. While partaking in the holiday festivities can offer temptation to sneak a few treats to your pet, the majority of your Thanksgiving meal is not safe for any four-legged family member.

While you don’t have to rule out all items on the table when looking to indulge your pet, there are a number of safety precautions that need to be taken to ensure even pet-friendly food is being given in a safe manner.

  • Sweet Potatoes: Sweet potatoes are not only a good source of fiber, but have high levels of Vitamin A and C. Dishes with large amounts of sugar, such as casseroles and pies, should not be fed to your pet. Stick to the plain version if you plant on sharing with them – whether baked or mashed.
  • Turkey: Turkey is perfectly safe for pets if prepared properly. Make sure all bones are removed and that the meat is cooked all the way through. Remove the skin and any traces of fat, as they are hard for pets to digest and could lead to pancreatitis.
  • Cooked vegetables: Carrots, peas and green beans are all safe when fed in moderation. Be sure to set aside any vegetables for your pet prior to mixing in butter and seasonings.
  • Foods to avoid completely: Onion, cake, nuts (walnuts and macadamia), mushrooms and herbs like sage and nutmeg are all highly toxic. Be sure anything you are feeding your pet is not mixed with ingredients that could make them sick. It should go without saying – but chocolate and alcohol should be kept far away from your cat or dog at all times.

Even foods labeled safe for pets should be fed with caution. Every animal’s stomach tolerance is different. More often than not, owners don’t discover a pet’s food allergy until feeding a treat for the first time. Be smart when including your pet in holiday festivities – don’t let hungry eyes get the best of you!

 

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Great Dane Lady Approved: Variety is the Spice of Life – Pt. 1

 The Great Dane Lady, Linda Arndt, has more than 38 years of experience as a canine nutritional consultant and breeder. In our Great Dane Lady Approved series, Linda will talk about her research and work with Precise. You can explore Linda’s website at GreatDaneLady.com.

Would you like to eat the same bowl of cereal every single morning and evening of your life? No, and neither does your pet! That’s why using certain human foods to top their kibble is a good way to incorporate some “living nutrition” without a lot of calories.

Eggs

Wash the shell first and put it in a blender – shell and all. The shell is a natural form of calcium, and my latest feed trials on Egg Shell Membranes (ESM) have shown there are many benefits to ESM for joint and cartilage support. Take the whole egg and put it in the blender to have a complete nutritional package. Scramble it in a little olive or coconut oil and give to your pet 1 -2 times a week.

Homemade Yogurt

Use only a culture from a natural food store – not a regular grocery store because that yogurt is not processed as well. You can buy large containers at Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods and other privately owned natural food stores.  A dollop per day is a healthy treat. However, it should not be used as a sufficient replacement for probiotics, especially if your dog is on antibiotics or under stress.

This is why I prefer to provide my dogs with a powdered probiotics, like 1 in 4 Probiotics or ProBio Pac (which I designed) for First Choice Naturals.

Dairy: Cottage Cheese/ Cheeses/ and Buttermilk

Many pets love these products. They can be higher in calories, so if you have a dog with weight issues, cut back a bit on the kibble if you are using cheese of any kind.  Again, buy your milk products from a good health food store such as Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods or other natural food stores that have organic and all-natural products.

Please note: Some dogs can’t tolerate milk products due to lower levels of lactose, an enzyme that helps the body digest lactose.

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Pet News Roundup: Frozen treats, the world’s largest dog and an interactive course on pet nutrition!

Here on The Dish, we’ll keep an eye on the latest news in the pet food industry. We’ll have a mix of articles, statistics, news and fun facts from a variety of pet industry sources and Twitter.

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