Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Snappy Sweet Potato Treats For Dogs

Dear Pet People,

Despite the fact that my dog's life ambition sometimes seems to be "How Can I Break In To The Compost Bin Today", I  am very careful about the food and treats I give Harry.

Sweet potato treats for dogs first showed up on my radar a while ago when I was looking for dog treats that did not contain any protein or wheat and were made in North America.  Dehydrated sweet potato treats seemed to fit my dog's requirements, but, the ones I found in the pet supply store were pricey and seemed like they would be ridiculously easy to make myself.

The "recipe" to make sweet potato treats for dogs is everywhere, it seems. The most difficult part of making these treats is slicing them into 1/3 inch pieces and then you just have to hang around for three hours while they bake.


Here's How To Make Sweet Potato Treats For Dogs:


1. Preheat oven to 250 F. and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Scrub a sweet potato (no need to peel it) and slice into 1/3 inch pieces.


Sweet potato slices. I waffle cut some for variety.

3. Spread the sweet potato slices on the baking sheet and bake for about 3 hours, turning them over halfway.

Tip - The sweet potato treats should be slightly crispy when done baking and they will become firmer as they cool.  You may need to adjust the cooking time slightly, depending on whether your dog prefers treats that are more chewy or crispy.

4. Cool completely on a baking rack for a few more hours. They can be stored in the fridge for a week.  



Harry loved the sweet potato treats, of course!  I did notice that the chewy slices (because they were thicker cut) softened overnight in the fridge. They were still good to eat, just not crunchy.

These treats were so easy to make, and Harry loved them ... not enough to give up his love affair with the Compost Bin ... but we're working on it!

Enjoy your pets,

Yvonne
www.PetBling.ca

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Medical Alert Tags For Dogs and Cats

Dear Pet People,

We have recently added some new id tags to our site and I just wanted to take a moment to highlight one of our most requested new designs: Medical Alert id tags for pets


Medical Alert pet id tags available from PetBling.ca

These tags have a shiny, silver-coloured background featuring a recessed red enamel painted design; they're both pretty and functional! The tags are available in two sizes: the large Medical Alert tag is a little bigger than a toonie and the small tag is about the size of a quarter.  

The large Medical Alert dog id tag can accommodate three lines of engraving.  We suggest you include the dog's name, a contact phone number and the medical issue on the tag, however the choice is yours.  
The small Medical Alert tag is a great size for small dogs and cats and can fit two lines of engraving; we suggest you choose a contact phone number and the pet's health concern.  The small tag could even be used in conjunction with a larger id tag to provide even more medical information about your pet.

Advances in veterinary medicine mean that many of our dogs and cats happily enjoy longer lives, but some pets may cope with ongoing health concerns or need daily medication.  Senior animals may have issues with sight or hearing. 

PetBling.ca's new Medical Alert tags are perfect for pet owners who want to signal that their dog or cat has a medical condition and needs some special TLC. 

Enjoy your pets,

Yvonne
www.PetBling.ca


Monday, 14 January 2013

Easy Dog Treat Recipe

Dear Pet People,

One of the great things about cooking for my dog, is that he LOVES everything I make! The same cannot be said for the rest of my family...

I have been cooking Harry's meals for the last year and a half due to his ongoing issues with liver disease.  I recently started making some of his treats as well and want to share with you a basic dog treat recipe. This is a compilation/adaption of a few recipes I found online.

Add in some extra tasty ingredients to take these treats from basic to gourmet!


Basic Dog Treats

Basic Ingredients:

2 cups brown rice flour
3/4 cups quick whole grain oats
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs

Add Ins (choose one or more of the following):

1/4 cup unsweetened peanut butter
1/4 cup canned unsweetened pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup diced cranberries, blueberries or other firm fruit

Steps:

1. Preheat oven to 400 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. In a medium bowl whisk water, oil and eggs. Add any 'wet' Add Ins, if using.

3. In a large bowl stir together the brown rice flour and oats.  Make a well in the center of this mixture and add in the wet ingredients.

4. Sir well and when the mixture resembles cookie dough (you may need to add a little more water) fold in the diced fruit, if using. Mix until combined.

5. Turn dough out onto a floured surface and form into a ball.  Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough until it's about 1/3 of an inch thick.  Cut out shapes and place on the cookie tray.

6. Bake treats for 17-20 minutes.

7. Cool completely and store in an airtight container.





I made Harry's treats today using unsweetened dried cranberries.  He loves them, of course!

Harry gives this recipe 9 paws out of 10!


Enjoy your pets,

Yvonne

Thursday, 3 January 2013

Winter Paw Care Tips

Dear Pet People,

Paw prints in the snow ...



... so cute; but winter can be very hard on your dog's paws. 

Snow, ice, freezing temperatures, rock salt and chemical de-icers can make your dog's paws very sore.  Many dogs experience chapped paw pads, irritation and dry flaky skin during the winter months.  

Here are a few tips to help your dogs stay on top of winter:




-Trim the fur between the toes and pads of your dog's paws. The fur between a dog's toes can collect salt and balls of snow that will irritate paw pads.  Also remember to towel dry paws when your dog comes in from playing in the backyard.

- Rinse your dog's paws when coming in from a walk.  Rinsing will remove salt and other de-icing products that can cause burning and irritation to the paw pads.  A warm water rinse followed by towel drying will also prevent your dog from ingesting salt and chemicals if your dog licks his paws.  Also remember to clean salt off door mats, boots and floors, especially if your dog likes to lick your boots or chew mats.

- Humidify your home. Many dogs experience dry, itchy flaky skin on their bodies and their paws during the winter.  Proper home humidification helps alleviate dry skin on your dog.

- Be aware of the weather conditions.  If it's too cold for you, it's likely too cold for your dog.  Most breeds of dogs should not be left outside in the cold for a long time.  Frostbite can occur on a dog's paws, ears, tail and other extremities.  If you suspect your dog has frostbite or hypothermia, you must to take her to a veterinarian for proper assessment and treatment.

- Inspect your dog's paws regularly. Get in the habit of giving your dog's paws a quick daily inspection.  Sharp ice can cut the paws, and prompt treatment of other skin ailments is important.

- Use pet-friendly de-icers. Visit a pet supply store for a pet-friendly alternative to rock salt and other chemicals to melt ice on sidewalks and driveways.

- Use balms and paw wax. There are many brands of soothing balms that can be applied to sore paw pads.  Paw wax is a product that is applied to a dog's paw pads before going for walks.  Visit a pet supply store or ask your veterinarian for some recommendations.

-Buy booties.  If your dog will wear them, dog booties provide the best protection against the winter elements.  Proper sizing is important for a comfortable fit and maximum protection.

Winter can be a great season for your dog.  Following these steps can help your dog have fun with his friends all winter long!




Enjoy your pets,

Yvonne
www.PetBling.ca


** If you have any concerns regarding your dog's health, please visit a veterinarian, as this blog is not a substitute for proper medical care.