Homemade Pet Treats

Homemade treats are created with love and can be quite healthy. You know what ingredients are required, so you can select the best options for your pet. If you do not have a pet of your own, surprise a friend's pet with some treats. You could even create a gift basket, print the recipe on an index card and tie it on with a piece yarn.

Many of these recipes call for ingredients you already have in your pantry! Remember, not all ingredients are safe for your pets. Chocolate can be toxic--a safe alternative is carob. Some pets cannot digest dairy, but yogurt is a cultured product that contains bacteria that aids with digestion, especially when taking antibiotics.

Use your homemade treats as rewards during training or just something special for your pet! Some treat suggestions for your pets:

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 seeds. Create your own "bird bells" to keep your bird's interest.
Rabbits enjoy their own gardens to explore. 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 a fun at-home activity. Explore these titles from our digital collections and start whipping up something special for your favorite critter!

Review provided by Hoopla
Organic, seasonal, farm-to-table food has become a huge movement--and conscious eating doesn't stop with the family pet. With the increase in contamination scares with manufactured pet food and the inclusion of preservatives, grains, and fillers with low-nutrient value, many pet owners are looking for solutions to the issue of what to give their pets.

Review by OverDrive
Doesn't man's best friend deserve a little more than cardboard-dry kibble day in and day out? Judith Jones thinks so, and in this delightful new cookbook she offers up more than fifty home-cooked recipes, both time efficient and finance friendly--among them Salmon Cakes, Wild Mushroom Risotto, and Shepherd's Pie--that she's loved and shared with her own canines.

Review provided by Hoopla
The Good Treats Cookbook for Dogs contains more than 50 recipes for all-natural homemade treats for our canine companions. Although not everyone makes, or even buys, high-end food for their dogs, everyone loves to spoil their dogs with treats. But, The Good Treats Cookbook for Dogs contains far more than simple dog-bone shaped peanut butter treats; it provides instructions for making over-the-top human-grade baked goods. Unlike other pet books on the market, this book contains full-color photos of all of the treats and adorable photos of dogs doing what dogs do, thinking about food or eating food.

Review provided by Hoopla
Every cat deserves the best possible food in their diet, but knowing exactly what cat food and treats are best can be hard especially with limited nutritional information for many. For these reasons, many people have turned to creating their own cat food, using naturally healthy recipes and foods over which every cat will salivate. This book has been carefully researched and compiled to provide you and your cat more than 100 healthy recipes. You will learn how to recognize the nutritional needs of your cats, including what good health entails in their lives and how to change their diet accordingly.

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