Pet Health: Homemade treats

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By: Tiffiany Gilstrap-Scott
A dog waits for a delicious treat.
Do you like to spoil your pets? I know I sure do. With the current state of the economy and the dramatic rising costs we’re seeing in everything from veterinarian bills to dog food, buying homemade dog treats or making them yourself may be the wisest choice you can make for pet health and well being.

As any canine owner can attest, dog treats can be mighty expensive when purchased at a local pet store. As a cost-effective alternative, you can make your own, or buy homemade treats for your pets.

The variety of dog treats I make for my pet has no artificial colors or preservatives, whereas commercial dog treats from the store can be loaded with ingredients your dog really doesn’t need. Next time you go to the grocery store take a look at the list of ingredients on the back of a treat box. Not only are most of the ingredients hard to pronounce, but they can be loaded with preservatives and binders that are calorie and fat dense. To ensure optimum dog health care, make sure you know what’s going into your best friend’s tummy.

One of the primary perks of preparing or buying homemade dog treats, is that you are able to control the calories and fat that your dog ingests.

My dog’s favorite homemade treats are the yummy peanut butter ones I have perfected—although the apple cinnamon drops and the carrot cake loaf are never left untouched either. You can make them at home! All you need is whole-wheat flour, baking powder, peanut butter and water.

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