Do you ever wonder why ingredients are in the treats or dog food that you serve your pet? It’s hard to know or trust what they claim is in the bag, but there is one way to know for sure what your pet is ingesting; and that is by the use of making homemade dog treats. An example of a non-useful ingredient used in dog foods and treats is a Carbohydrate source called Brewers Rice. According to this article, “Brewers rice is the small milled fragments of rice kernels that have been separated from the larger kernels of milled rice. A processed rice product that is missing many of the nutrients contained in the whole ground rice and brown rice. Contrary to what many pet food companies want to make you believe, this is not a high quality ingredient, just cheaper than whole grain rice”. There are many other ingredients that are not the best for your pet, and this article lists several of them.
The best way to know what is going in your pet’s treats is to make them yourself. One recipe idea that can be used for your dog - that is actually healthy – is Thumb Print Peanut Butter Cookies…. This recipe takes a little bit of effort, but based on the pictures the cookies look delicious, even I want to eat them. The recipe calls for peanut butter, strawberry jam, whole wheat flour, and other wholesome ingredients. The Dog Treat Kitchen website has several other recipes that could be perfect to make for your pet! Making your treats homemade is a long process but it is well worth knowing what your dog is actually eating! If you have any treat tips or ideas, submit them to us; we will post them on our social media accounts for other dog lovers to use!