We don’t have a pet at home, mainly because I have asthma so fur may trigger an asthma attack. We’d love to have a dog but I wouldn’t risk it. Some of my friends have fur babies and one of their worries is what if they run out of dog food and can’t drop by the grocery or pet store. I did some research and found out that you can make your own dog treats at home — on a budget, too! You can even use what ingredients are at home without having to add supplies.
Don’t Feed These to Your Fur Babies!
Before you start getting creative and experimenting on recipes, be aware of these food that are dangerous to your dog:
- Chocolate and Caffeine — I know that the chocolate chip cookies you baked smell really enticing that even your dog gets curious and stays in the kitchen while you bake. However, these are toxic to dogs and may cause vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal discomfort, lethargy, muscle tremors, seizures, irregular heartbeat, and even death. The darker the chocolate and the higher the caffeine, the more toxic to your dogs.
- Grapes and raisins — These may not be harmful to some dogs, but to others it can cause kidney failure. Do not attempt to try it with your dog.
- Alcohol and Bread Dough — Alcohol contains ethanol which is toxic to dogs. Therefore, avoid feeding them food that have alcohol content, too. On the other hand, raw bread dough can cause the stomach to expand and lead to tissue damage and difficulty in breathing.
- Xylitol — This is an artificial sweetener found in candies, sugarless gum, baked goods, mouthwash, toothpaste, chewable vitamins, and cough drops. Dogs eat anything so make sure these stay out of their way. Ingestion may lead to vomiting, seizures, and loss of coordination within a few hours.
- Onions and Garlic — Even those in the onion and garlic family such as shallots and chives are harmful to dogs. Garlic and onion contain compounds that may cause gastroenteritis, anemia, and serious damage to the red blood cells. Garlic is five times more dangerous than onions. Japanese breeds such as Akitas have higher sensitivity to garlic and onions. So, better not feed them table food if you used garlic and onions.
- Other foods such as dairy, avocados, chicken and meat bones.
Peanut Butter Treats for Your Fur Babies
I’ve learned that dogs love peanut butter as much as humans do. I’ve seen a friend of mine mix peanut butter with rice just to feed his dog. Well, you don’t have to do that. Here’s an easy Peanut Butter Dog Cookies recipe to make for your special fur baby!
Don’t forget to share this blog with others who have fur babies, too!
(Recipe from https://www.puppyleaks.com/pb-dog-treats/)
Quick and Easy Peanut Butter Fur Babies' Treats
- baking pan
- 2 cups flour
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 2 pieces eggs
- 1/4 cup water
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Combine all ingredients and mix well.
- Add about 1 tbsp water to make it wet enough to roll out as dough.
- Flatten the dough and cut it into small shapes.
- Line the baking pan with parchment paper and cook for 15 minutes.
- Store in airtight jars and label. You wouldn't want your kids to eat 'em!