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Homemade pet treats

Homemade treats are made with love and can be healthy for your pets. You know what ingredients go in to them so you can make them with the best ingredients. If you do not have a pet of your own, surprise a friend's pet with treats. Create a gift basket. Print the recipe on an index card and tie it on with a piece yarn.

The holistic animal handbook : a guidebook to nutrition, health, and communication
Kate Solisti-Mattelon & Patrice Mattelon ; [forward [sic] by Robert Silver].
San Francisco : Council Oak Books, c2004.
The Holistic Animal Handbook is the first book to bring together practical information about diet, nutrition, and training with animal communication and emotional balancing techniques. The book guides readers into helping their companion animals themselves and encourages them to work as well with veterinarians, trainers, and healthcare practitioners. It includes chapters that explain how to prepare healthy, holistic recipes and Bach Flower Remedies for restoring an animal's emotional balance, and solutions for common behavioral and training problems. Focusing primarily on dogs, cats and horses, but relevant to virtually all animals, the book presents a dual premise: Healthy companion animals are better equipped to help the humans they love, just as educated humans are better able to comprehend their animals' needs.
     
Natural pet care
written & directed by Gary Null ; producers, Jennifer Barbosa, Matt Brown, Valerie Van Cleve.
New York, NY : Wellspring Media, [2002], c2000.
Find out the best food for your pets, the number and type of vaccines your pet really needs and how to treat their common illnesses holistically.
     
The encyclopedia of natural pet care
C.J. Puotinen ; foreword by Beverly Cappel-King.
Los Angeles, CA : Keats Pub., c2000.
Alternative health titles are topping bestseller lists as people search for effective, natural ways to care for themselves and their families--and, as every pet owner knows, house pets are family too. In this revised edition of her groundbreaking work, CJ Puotinen gives animal lovers even more of the information they'll need to care for their dogs, cats, birds, and rabbits the natural way.
     

As you find recipes, you will be using the same products that you have in the pantry. Not all ingredients are safe for your pets. Chocolate can be toxic so use carob as a safer alternative. Some pets are not able to digest dairy products but yogurt is a cultured product and contains bacteria that can help with digestion, especially when taking antibiotics.

Treats are used as rewards during training. They can also offer something different every day. Some treat suggestions for your type of pet:

  • Dogs like a meaty, peanut butter or cheese flavored biscuit. Frost them with yogurt.
  • Cats crave greenery every once in a while. Grow some "cat grass" for your cat to nibble on.
  • Birds need to crack, pluck and husk seed. Create your own "bird bells" to keep your bird's interest.
  • Rabbits enjoy their own little garden to spend sometime in. Include a variety of grasses and sprouts.

Limit the amount of treats you give your pets. Too many may spoil their dinner.

Making pet treats is fun. Let the kids help.  As you become more familiar with ingredients and procedures you may come up with your own recipes.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff