Happy 4th of July! Today’s the day we celebrate our nation’s independence. Checking out a parade, hanging out by the pool and protecting our dogs from fireworks are the only things on our agenda. Oh, and grilling, of course. BBQ food is an absolute must on the most patriotic day of the year. Because really, is there anything more American than hamburgers and hotdogs? We didn’t think so.
As you prepare to chow down with family and friends this afternoon, why not prepare something special for your dog? She’ll likely be waiting beneath the grill anyhow, hoping for human food to hit the floor. Unfortunately, most traditional BBQ foods are dangerous for dogs and can make them sick. Providing your pup her own tasty meal will keep her out of harm’s way and help her feel like she’s part of the celebration.
Check out a few of our favorite dog-approved Fourth of July recipes below!
1 cup water
1/4 cup blueberries
Rinse strawberries and blueberries. Mix ½ cup water and strawberries in the blender. Blend until liquefied. Repeat with blueberries. Pour strawberry mixture into star-shaped ice cube trays. Repeat with blueberry mixture. Pop them in the freezer for 2-4 hours and serve!
Happy 4th of July! 4 Tasty BBQ Recipes for Your Dog
Did you know that dogs have 300 million olfactory receptors in their nose? That is a staggering 40 times greater than human beings. Is it any wonder that dogs just go around sniffing anything and everything? Can you imagine literally being led by the nose all your life? This is why dogs are so amazing, but they can be a danger to themselves as well. They’re such amazing creatures but even a normal trip to the park can end up being very serious. Dogs like to chew, bite and lick things they find stimulating and this can lead them into having a sore stomach, sneezing a lot, getting watery eyes and even vomiting. Keeping an eye on him while he explores is something you need to get used to.
Do they eat plants?
Yes! Dogs eat plants when you’re not looking. They do this when they’re stray dogs or ‘in the wild’ because they may have an upset stomach. Naturally, they know what to eat but sometimes they can make a mistake. Dogs will sometimes eat stinging nettles because it helps them digest, but too much can harm them. This is also why we make nettle soup because it calms your bowels. However, they can end up eating things they shouldn’t. For example, toxic flowers like lilies and daffodils. The petals are harmless and even quite sweet, but the bulbs are toxic. Ingesting them can cause your dog to puke and convulse. The next time you go to the park, keep your pooch away from the flower patch.
Keep out of the soil
Now we all know what it’s like to try and get our dog out of a muddy puddle. It’s one of life’s hidden challenges. Dogs love to roll around in the muddy water because they’re having fun. You find that many animals in the wild roll around in mud too. It could be the texture on their fur, perhaps the stickiness or maybe it could be how it cools them down on a hot day. Regardless, you shouldn’t encourage your dog to roll around in dry soil or mud because worm eggs can become trapped in their paws. The larvae will hatch and make their way into your dog and this can make your furry friend very sick. But you can give your dog a chewy antiparasitic treat from it.nexgardspectra.com. This small treat helps your dog by fighting off 5 different types of parasite at once, worms being one of them.
Straying too close
Not all dogs like the water and not all dogs are good swimmers. If you have a dog that is short, stumpy legs such as a British bulldog or poodle, you should keep an eye on them while in the park. If the park has a pond or perhaps a river running through it, your dog will be tempted to jump into it due to his own reflection or perhaps the fish swimming underneath the surface. Call him back if you think he is about to jump in!
Dogs are sometimes too inquisitive for their own good. They have huge hearts and even bigger noses that can sometimes lead them astray. But as long as you’re keeping an eye on them, let them explore.
Life on the homestead is often focused on life outdoors and taking care of your livestock. Looking after animals can be time-consuming, but all the effort is more than worth it to watch them thrive. If you are looking to bring more pets into your home, then pet fish make an excellent choice. Freshwater fish are an incredibly popular pet, according to the 2019 – 2020 APPA National Pet Owners Survey, 11.5 million US households have freshwater fish as pets.
It is easy to see why keeping pet fish is just so popular with households across the United States. There are many reasons why fish make the ideal pet, here are some of the reasons why they are the pet of choice for so many people:
Tranquil and Calming
If you have ever spent time sat watching fish swimming around in a tank, you will know just how relaxing it is to watch. Seeing these beautiful creatures moving through the water is an incredibly calming experience. Research shows that watching tropical fish moving about their tank can help to reduce both heart rate and blood pressure.
If you are looking for a pet that transforms your home into a soothing environment, then investing in a tropical fish tank is a perfect choice.
If you have allergy sufferers in your household, you will know how difficult it is to find domestic pets that don’t aggravate their allergies. Keeping pet fish is the ideal way to enjoy all the wellbeing benefits of pet ownership without itchy skin and eyes, and sneezing being an issue.
Many children with allergies long to have a pet and find it hard to accept that it could be bad for their health. Keeping pet fish is an excellent way for children to learn the responsibilities involved in caring for a pet, without risking allergy flare-ups. The benefit of keeping pet fish is that there is also no need to vacuum fur and pet dander on a daily basis.
A Fascinating Hobby
Keeping fish is about so much more than caring for a pet. For many people, tropical fish become a fascinating hobby. Learning the correct Fish Tank Setup, the best way to care for your fish, and discovering all the different species of fish available is an exciting interest as there is so much to learn. Developing your knowledge of caring for fish is not only an exciting pass time, but it will also ensure that your fish are kept in the very best conditions.
Brighten Up Your Home
A beautiful, colorful fish tank is a guaranteed way to add some wow factor to any room in your home. A fish tank that is filled with vibrant colored fish, combined with the soothing sight of the bubbles traveling up through the water, will make a beautiful addition to your home. Of course, keeping fish is about much more than improving your home décor, these fascinating creatures are a joy to watch and enjoyable to look after.
Thanksgiving is next week! With so much to do to get ready for the holiday we sometimes forget our furry friends. But they’re part of the family and deserve a special holiday treat too! This year why not make your fur babies some Pumpkin Spice Pupcakes?
Yes I said Pupcakes, not cupcakes, although I use human friendly ingredients so if someone mistakenly eats one it’s all good; they may not like it like my Siberian Husky Cannoli does, but it won’t kill them! These Pumkin Spice Pupcakes are the perfect doggie treats for Thanksgiving! Believe me your pup will love them. Best of all they are super easy to make using ingredients you probably have in your pantry.
Pumpkin Spice Pupcakes are perfect for fall birthday celebrations too! I know you can buy doggie cakes and cookies from pet stores and gourmet pet bakeries that are springing up all over town, but why spend big bucks when you can whip up a batch in about an hour?
Seriously these Pumpkin Spice Pupcakes are easy and inexpensive. All you need are basically flour, egg. baking soda, and pumpkin puree. I like to use coconut water too, but if you don’t have any plain old water will do. And of course a dash of cinnamon; but you pretty much have all these in the kitchen specially this time of year!
My recipe makes 20 regular size cupcakes but you can use mini cupcake pans and get a whole lot more. The size of your pupcake will pretty much depend on the size of your pooch. Since we have a medium sized dog the regular size cakes work best, she just inhales the minis!
I frost my Pumpkin Spice Pupcakes with cream cheese but dogs love them without frosting too, so no need to take the extra step if you don’t have too much time. These Pupcakes freeze very well. I usually freeze them and thaw them out as needed. I also frost them just before feeding them to the pooch.
Now these Pumpkin Spice Pupcakes are dense so don’t expect anything light and airy. They’re quite heavy too! They don’t rise much during baking so whatever level you fill each cupcake wrap will be the same after they’re baked.
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3 Cups Flour – white or wheat whichever you have on hand
1 Large Can Pumpkin Puree – be sure it’s the puree and not the pumpkin pie mix that’s already seasoned.
1 1/2 Cup Coconut Water – regular water works too
1 Tsp Baking Soda
1 Tsp Cinnamon
Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Place all ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir very well – be sure the flour is all blending in.
Dogs are curious creatures. Even though there is a big list of stuff that they shouldn’t eat, it doesn’t seem to make a difference in their habits. Most animals have in-built instincts for what they should eat and what they shouldn’t, but dogs don’t seem to have this. They’ll quite happily go tearing through bins if they have an inkling that it’ll result in a tasty treat.
What’s so perplexing about all this is that you’d think that dogs, with their super noses, would be able to smell whether they should eat something or not. But they don’t. Perhaps evolution hasn’t given them this skill, or maybe they just don’t care. Whatever it is, dogs are opportunists, and if something smells like it’ll be tasty, they’ll dive right in – to hell with the consequences.
The problem is that the consequences can be severe. When dogs eat the wrong things, they can end up with days of stomach problems or much worse. It’s your job as an owner to keep them out of the vets by preventing them from eating the stuff they shouldn’t. And this depends on knowing what precisely they can eat, and what they can’t. Here’s a rundown.
Fatty, Cured Meat
We think of dogs as being carnivores, like cats, but they’re not really. A carnivore is essentially an animal that can only eat meat. Dogs, on the other hand, can eat a variety of foods, even whole grain pasta.
Should you feed your dog fatty, cured meat, like bacon? The evidence that we have is that you shouldn’t. Things like bacon, sausages, and ham cause similar damage to dogs as they do humans and can lead to pancreatitis. What’s more, because these meats are incredibly high in salt, it can cause your dog to drink too much, leaning to uncomfortable and potentially fatal bloat. You’re best enjoying your bacon indulgence yourself or avoiding it altogether.
Garlic And Onions
Garlic and onion are both beneficial foods for people, despite the sometimes bizarre effect on a person’s breath. Unfortunately, the same is not true of dogs. Both these foods from the allium family have the unfortunate effect of destroying your dog’s red blood cells, making it harder for them to take up iron. Dogs that eat onion and garlic regularly can develop severe anemia and appear lifeless and breathless. It’s a big problem. Your dog, for instance, might not want to climb their dog stairs as they usually would. You can learn more from Pets Get The Best about these but here’s the essential point: if your dog appears low-energy, check their diet.
Raw Meat And Fish
You would think that dogs would be adapted to eating raw meat. After all, their ancestors, wolves, eat raw meat all the time. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. There’s actually a big difference between the raw meat that wolves eat in the wild and the fresh meat you find on supermarket shelves.
Raw meat in the wild is mostly sterile. Because it was a part of an animal’s body moments before they became a meal, their immune system and skin kept all bacteria at bay. It just wasn’t possible for them to get inside and start breaking down the meat unless the poor creature had an infection.
The same is not the case for shop-bought meat. The meat you buy from the supermarket has likely been sitting on the shelf for a few days. In that time, opportunistic bacteria like e.coli have time to colonize it an multiply. These nasty microorganisms can cause the same kind of stomach upsets in dogs as they do in people.
It’s wise, therefore, to avoid feeding raw meat where possible. You never know whether it’s full of dangerous bacteria or not.
Grapes And Raisins
Grapes and raisins are a favorite human food, but there’s evidence that they’re not good for dogs. Grapes and reasons contain plant compounds that are harmless to humans but can shut down a dog’s kidney function. Dogs with kidney failure can’t remove toxic byproducts from their blood and can become intoxicated. Symptoms include things like lethargy, vomiting, and listlessness. If you suspect that your dog has eaten a large number of grapes or raisins, take it to the vet.
Foods That Contain A Lot Of Sugar
Sugar isn’t good for people and, as you might have guessed, it’s also not particularly beneficial for your pooch either.
The reason for this is because, just as in humans, sugar tends to create obesity. Researchers think that it does this by creating pockets of fat in the liver and pancreas. These organs become engorged with fat and then send signals to the rest of the body to start storing fat to take the load off the vital organs. Dogs who eat sugar regularly, therefore, can experience a deterioration in their health and an increase in weight.
The main reason people advocate avoiding avocado is because of its persin content. Persin is a chemical created naturally by the avocado plant to protect it from consumption during the ripening phase. It can cause toxicity if dogs consume it in too high a quantity, but this isn’t the only reason to avoid it. The biggest issue is the hard parts of the avocado. Dogs can eat the stone and skin – relatively indigestible components – leading to upset stomachs and lower motility. If you have an avocado tree in your back yard, you may want to cordon it off so that your dog can’t access it.
People are adapted to dairy products because their stomachs have an enzyme that breaks down lactose. Dogs, on the other hand, don’t. Dairy, therefore, can lead to all kinds of issues for dogs – everything from vomiting to diabetes.
Dairy products like cheese are also an issue because of their high-fat content. It’s best to avoid including them in your dog’s diet where possible.
We’re all very busy working on our gift lists just like Santa’s little elves. In all the hustle and bustle of the season we sometimes forget to give our furry little friends a little something.
We’ve been giving not only our family pets Christmas gifts for years, we give our pet lover friends gifts for their fur balls too. I’m not sure who started this tradition and when we started, but I do know that we all love it!
I know sometimes things get too crazy and you think do I have to think of pet gits too? Not to mention pet gifts at the pet stores can be ridiculously expensive, sometimes hard to fit into a Christmas budget specially if you have lots of pet friends. But you don’t have to break the bank on buying gifts for the furry critters or your friends that have some.
This year we’ll be giving out homemade doggie biscuits. They are very easy and inexpensive to make and you can package them in any type of container you like. We’re packing ours in pint size Mason jars, it’s sort of the double gift, the jar can be used throughout the year for more treats!
I baked these treats in about an hour using just a few ingredients, many of which I already had in my pantry. I used rolled oats, ground flax seeds, and olive oil along with the other ingredients for a tasty and healthy treat. Rolled oats are a good source of fiber and the flax seeds and olive oil are good for skin and coat. My Siberian Husky, Cannoli, loves them. She’s my taste tester!
Here’s my recipe! It will make 24 bone shaped dog treats about 3″ long and 1/2″ thick
2 cups flour – organic if you have it
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup flax seed meal
1 small jar of chicken in chicken broth strained baby food
1 small jar of carrot strained baby food
3/4 + cup water
1/4 cup Olive oil
1. Mix all ingredients except water together in large bowl.
2. Knead dough, adding water about 1/4 cup at a time until the dry ingredients are all mixed in and you can form a ball.
3. Roll out dough to 1/2″ thickness.
4. Cut desired shapes with cookie cutters or use a glass to make round shapes.
5. Place biscuits on parchment paper covered baking sheet.
6. Re-roll dough until you have cut it all into biscuits.
7. Brush both sides of biscuits with olive oil.
8. Bake in 350 degree oven for 45 minutes. Turning biscuits halfway for even browning.
9. Remove from oven and cool on racks. Cool completely before placing in containers.
Store at room temperature in sealed containers. It will keep for 2-3 weeks or place in freezer to store longer.