Archive for February, 2013

Pamper Your Dog With Homemade Treats

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Over the past year there have been numerous instances of popular brands of dog treats causing illness in otherwise healthy animals. When treats are made overseas it can be hard to know exactly what your pet is eating. The only way to maintain control and make sure that your furry loved one is getting fresh food without potentially harmful additives and preservatives is to make it yourself.

You and your family can make wholesome and delicious treats for your favorite family pet – right in your own home. With simple ingredients like oats, bran, molasses, barley, apple scraps, and water you can create mouth watering treats that will have your pets begging for more!

A food dehydrator can help you make easy, delicious, and nutritious treats for your dog without worrying about pet food recalls or mystery ingredients. These homemade treats will have NO Additives and NO Preservatives; making them the most natural treats you could possible give your pets.

Here are some Basic Recipes from Excalibur Dehydrators to get you started for natural and delicious treats your dogs are sure to love:

Chicken Jerky Strips

These all natural chicken jerky strips make the perfect snack for your dog, plus they are so good you can even eat them yourself! A few quick tips for easy preparation: Popping the meat into the freezer for about 15 minutes beforehand makes the meat much easier to slice thinly, and the thinner you slice the meat, the less time it takes to dry.

1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast tenders, sliced into strips about 1/4 to 1/8 of an inch thick
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tbs. salt
Dog Friendly seasonings including parsley, rosemary, and sage

Rinse off chicken breast and remove any fat. Slice the chicken with the grain. This will help make the jerky even chewier for your dog. Fat slows down the dehydrating process and will make your chicken jerky spoil faster. Next coat the chicken slices with the vegetable oil and a few dog friendly seasonings including parsley, rosemary, sage.

Place the chicken breast strips evenly throughout the tray, leaving an equal space between them and making sure that they do not touch each other. This is because there needs to be air flow in between them while they are drying out.

Once they are all in the food dehydrator turn it on and set the temperature for 140 degrees. It will probably take between 3 and 12 hours for it to fully dry, depending on how thick you cut your slices and the exact temperature of your food dehydrator. It is a good idea to start checking it once every hour after the first hour. To check it, simply open up the tray and take one slice out. Cut it open with a sharp knife and exam the inside. You should see no moisture at all and if it is properly dried it will have the same color throughout. If it is not finished put it back in for another hour. Once it gets close start checking once every half hour.

Once your chicken jerky is done store it in sealed containers, zip lock bags work great for this. Write the date you made it on them. You can also store it in the refrigerator for even longer shelf life. There, you are done. Enjoy your healthy snacks!

Dog Treats- Vegetarian & Vegan options

If you have your dog on a vegetarian or vegan diet this is a treat that your dog will love. You can substitute just about any fruit or vegetable in this great vegetarian dog treat recipe to add variety. This recipe uses an egg as a binding agent but if you want to make these treats vegan– just mix the dough longer and omit the egg.

2 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cup dry milk powder
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 tbs. brown sugar
2 vegetable bouillon cubes; dissolved in 3/4 cup boiling water
1/2 cup carrots, green beans, apples, or blueberries
1 egg (optional)

In a large bowl mix all ingredients and form into a ball. On a flour dusted cutting board, roll out the dough to about 1/4″ thick.

Cut with bone-shaped cookie cutter or any cutter shape your pet will like.

Dehydrate at the highest setting 145 – 155 until done.

Approximately 6 – 8 hours. Add time if needed as treats should be VERY dry.

Sunflower Horse Treats- not only for Horses. Dogs and Cats love these treats also

1/4 cup sunflower seeds

2 cups flour

½ cup chopped apples

1/4 cup carrots, peas, or other vegetables

1/4 cup oats ground to powder

1 cup peanut butter

1 cup rolled oats

1 cup molasses

Combine ingredients into a large bowl, add molasses until dough is stiff. Additional oats may be added to make the dough stiff.

Roll out dough & cut into shapes or squares

Dehydrate at the highest setting 145 – 155 until done.

Approximately 4 hours. Add time if needed as treats should be VERY dry.

Sweet Potato Dog Chews

This is a very simple dog chew/treat- your dog will love this one and it is easy to make.

Thoroughly wash and peel sweet potatoes. Slice the sweet potato into 1/4″ slices- you can also cut down the middle lengthwise and slice into 1/4″ strips.

Dehydrate at the highest setting 145 – 155 until done. Drying approximately 6-8 hours will leave them with a chewy texture. For crunchier treats dehydrate longer until the desired consistency.

Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits

1 1/2 cups water

1/2 cup oil

3 tablespoons peanut butter –we recommend natural peanut butter – no sugar added
2 teaspoons vanilla

2 cups whole wheat flour

1/2 cup cornmeal

1/2 cup oats

1/4 cup Honey Crunch Wheat Germ

In a large bowl, combine flour, cornmeal, oats and wheat germ. Stir in oil, peanut butter, vanilla, and water.

Knead till smooth, adding more flour or water as needed. Roll out the dough to about 1/4″ thick.

Shape into bars or cut with bone-shaped cookie cutter or any cutter shape your pet will enjoy.

Dehydrate at the highest setting 145 – 155 until done.

Approximately 6 – 8 hours. Add time if needed as treats should be VERY dry.

For more snack recipes, images or information on Excalibur Dehydrators (www.ExcaliburDehydrator.com).

Pet Boutique by DogFriendly.com – A complete Web Store

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013


The store is at this link.

DogFriendly.com now has a new complete dog & other pet web store. The store, powered by Amazon, has many categories of product for your traveling dog. The main sections of the store include:

All Dog Supplies
DogFriendly.com Books
Dog Food
Dog Travel Products
Dog & Pet Books
Dog Health&Training Books
Dog Travel Books
Veterinary Medicine Books
Dog Health Supplies
Luggage
Cell Phones & Accessories
Products for Cats, Horses and Other Animals

The store carries DogFriendly.com’s Travel Guides, other pet travel guides and regular travel guides, Dog Health and Veterinary Books, Dog Food from the bulk bags to the natural and organic, dog health supplies, dog travel supplies like car restraints, carry bags, kennels and airline bags. And you can purchase other travel supplies as well such as luggage and cell phone items. The store is at this link: http://www.dogfriendly.com/server/general/astore/

Bookman’s in Arizona Welcomes Dogs

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Bookman’s Entertainment Exchange
6230 E Speedway Blvd
Tucson,
Arizona 85712
520-748-9555

This book and multi-media store specializes in preserving and recycling resources from every form of entertainment. This used book store buys and sells a wide variety of books, movies, LPs, videos, DVD, and CDs – all at less than the original price. Leashed, well mannered dogs are welcome in the store. Dogs are allowed in the other Bookman’s stores as well.