Not long ago there was a drastic recall of supermarket pet food. Many concerned pet owners began asking if they were doing enough to protect their pooches. The answer? Make them a home-cooked meal! The best way to monitor your dog’s diet is always to prepare the food yourself. You help yourself and your pet when you do this as often as you can. Be sure to consult your veterinarian, for individual nutritional guidelines she or he can recommend for your pet. There are also a few guidelines to keep in mind. Don’t feed your dog bones, especially cooked bones. Fragments can become lodged in the digestive tract. Canines who eat bones in the wild have the advantage of consuming hair and hide too, which have been found to “pad” the fragments and help with their passing. Other foods to avoid that are dangerous for dogs are chocolate, avocados, mushrooms, macadamia nuts, grapes, raisins, onions, garlic
Try one of these recipes, and watch your pup smile.
In general, dog food should comprise 1/3 protein (from meat, eggs or dairy products) and 2/3 grains and vegetables.
A Homemade Treat For Your Favorite Pooch
Peanut Butter Cookies
2 cups whole-wheat flour 1 tbsp. baking powder 1 cup peanut butter (chunky or smooth) 1 cup milk
Preheat oven to 375'F. In a bowl, combine flour and baking powder. In another bowl, mix peanut butter and milk, then add to dry ingredients and mix well. Place dough on a lightly floured surface and knead. Roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness and use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes. Bake for 20 minutes on a greased baking sheet until lightly brown. Cool on a rack, then store in an airtight container. Be careful to watch the cookies, as they can burn easily.