2 Recipes for Homemade Dog Treats

If you have the time and you are on the mood to surprise your furry friend with a delicious homemade treat, you should make it as healthy as possible and cater it to your dog’s needs, which depend on age, weight and activity. Here you have 2 recipes that will have your dog barking with joy.

Peanut butter and coconut oil treats

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  • 1 cup of peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon of coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon

If it is not already in liquid form, leave the coconut oil in a small pan over medium heat until melted.

Add the peanut butter and the cinnamon to the mixture. Stir until it is thoroughly mixed and smooth. It should be thick and consistent but easy to pour.

To add a little fun, pour the mixture into a tray with paw print. Wait until it is set.

Then, remove it from the tray really carefully and store in a freezer container.

An important note: adjust the ingredient to your dog’s weight by using one teaspoon of coconut oil per 10 pounds.

As you can see, this recipe for peanut butter and coconut oil treats is extremely easy and quick to make. Ready to jump to something with a few more steps but still super simple?

Yogurt and bacon donuts

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  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 cup of oats
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup of coconut oil
  • ½ cup of peanut butter
  • Greek yogurt
  • Bacon

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a donut tray with cooking spray.

Mix all of the ingredients except for the yogurt and the bacon until a dough is formed.

Press the dough firmly into the pan. The donuts will take approximately 14 minutes to bake but you should pay attention to know when they are completely baked.

Allow them to cool and then carefully take them out of the pan. It’s time to decorate and frost the donuts.Dip each donut gently in the Greek yogurt and then sprinkle it with bacon bits.

In order to frost the yogurt, place the donuts in the freezer for a little while. Then, they are ready to serve.

We can most certainly guarantee that your dog will love both the peanut butter and coconut oil treats and the yogurt and bacon donuts. You will become their favorite human even more as they probably keep begging you for more of your amazing homemade treats.

How to Feed Homemade Food to Your Dog

Many people wonder if they can feed their dog homemade food without compromising the pet’s health. Here, you’ll learn everything you need to know on how to combine homemade food and dog food to create a great diet.

Pros and cons of homemade food

Homemade food is not necessarily bad for your dog. In fact, some of the sources of protein and carbohydrates that we consume, such as chicken breast, are much healthier for your dog than the processed dog food.

However, you shouldn’t feed your dog a diet of strictly home cooked food. One of the top advantages of dog food is that it meets the animal’s nutritional requirements, something you will find hard to achieve with a homemade diet.

Mixing dog food with homemade food

That being said, you should never mix dog food with homemade food. Homemade food is digested faster when fed separately. The slow digestion of the dog food will cause gases and stomach torsion. And the benefits of the natural food will basically be neutralized.

Combining dog food and homemade food

Instead of mixing, you should alternate between both types of food. Please note that you must first educate yourself on the foods you should never feed your pet. Follow these four tips and learn how to combine the two diets successfully.

If your dog is overweight, you must reduce the daily amounts of both processed and homemade food.

The natural food you provide should consist mainly of animal proteins and carbohydrates.

Your dog must eat bought processed food at least once a day.You can replace the remaining meals, which is typically just one more, with homemade food.

Never forget that appropriate nutrition prevents diseases, increases vitality and keeps your dog healthy for longer.

How to Estimate the Right Serving to Feed Your Dog

The daily amount of food a dog should eat depends on age, size, breed, level of activity and quality of the food. We find instructions on the packages regarding the ideal feeding amounts. However, you should never follow those instructions blindly and should instead look for more information.

In fact, pet food companies often suggest overly broad measures ofservings as a way for the client to purchase more food more frequently. You could be severely overfeeding your dog.

Overweight dogs are more likely to develop life-shortening diseases such as cancer, diabetes and arthritis. Of course, underfeeding your dog is just as harmful.

Follow these steps to guarantee you are feeding your dog exactly what it needs to be healthy.

The dog food calculator

There is a greatdog food calculator online to help you. Enter your adult dog’s ideal weight, activity level and life stage, as well as the food’s calories. There you have it: an approximate result specifically tailored to your pet.

If you want to get a general overlook read our instructions on serving sizes for puppies and adults. Always keep in mind that the ideal serving depends on various factors, some of which can be particular to your pet.

Puppies

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The food labelled as “junior” offers high levels of energy and nutrients. Follow these average daily amounts:

  • 2-3 months: 7 ounces in 4 servings.
  • 4-6 months: 9 ounces in 3 servings.
  • 6 months: 14 ounces in 3 servings.
  • 8 months: 11 ounces in 2 servings.

Adults

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It’s essential that you’re aware of your dog’s weight and activity level. The energy needs vary but it’s very important that the dog stays active. These are ideal weights and maximum daily servings:

  • 4-7 pounds: 3 ounces
  • 7-11 pounds: 4 ounces
  • 11-22 pounds: 6 ounces
  • 22-33 pounds: 9 ounces
  • 33-44 pounds: 11 ounces
  • 44-66 pounds: 14 ounces
  • 66-88 pounds: 21 ounces
  • 88-110+ pounds: 28 ounces

You don’t need to buy the best food available but it’s important that you feed your dog quality food, as that will make a huge difference. And never guess. Measure the servings and check your dog’s weight monthly.

The Top 10 Dry Dog Foods

Finding dry dog food that is top quality, healthy, affordable and tasty to your dog can be a difficult task. With such a wide range of options, all claiming to be the best, it can actually be overwhelming.

What makes a good dog food?

Processed dog foods contain all the nutrients dogs need to stay healthy, including proteins, fibers, minerals and vitamins. However, not all processed dog food is good. In order to respect your pet’s digestive system, the food must be as organic as possible.

Of course, there’s not a “one size fits all” solution. The dry food you choose must meet your dog’s dietary needs. Those needs vary according to life stage, weight, breed and level of activity.

When shopping for a package of dog food you must pay close attention to the product name, the manufacturer, the ingredients, the “complete and balanced” tag, the nutritional breakdown and the feeding suggestions.

Highly-rated by consumers, these 10 foods meet the criteria to be a good dog food: no cancer-causing chemicals, no non-specified meat, no risky coloring agents, healthy fat-to-protein ratio, no generic animal fat and adequate carbohydrates.

Annamaet Manitok Red Meat Formula

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5 main ingredients: lamb meal, deboned lamb, lentils, peas, herring meal.

Adequate levels of protein, fat and carbs, respectively, 33%, 18% and 41%.

Crave Chicken Protein

5 main ingredients: chicken, chicken meal, pea protein, split peas, chickpeas.

30% of protein content, fat level of 19% and carbohydrate share of 35%.

Dr. Tim’s Pursuit Formula

5 main ingredients: chicken meal, chicken fat, brown rice, whole oats, beet pulp

Protein level of 33%, 22% of fat content and 36% of carbs share.

Instinct Original with Real Duck

5 main ingredients: duck, turkey meal, chicken meal, chicken eggs, peas.

Absolute top quality. Protein content of 42%, fat level of 22% and carbohydrate level of 29%.

Merrick Grain-Free Real Duck + Sweet Potato

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5 main ingredients: deboned duck, turkey meal, sweet potato, peas, salmon meal

5 stars. Protein level of 43%, fat share of 19% and 30% of carbohydrates.

Nulo Freestyle Adult Salmon and Peas

5 main ingredients: deboned salmon, turkey meal, menhaden fish meal, sweet potato, peas

Great levels of protein, fat and carbs: 33%, 18% and 41%, correspondingly.

Orijen Original

5 main ingredients: deboned chicken, deboned turkey, flounder, mackerel, eggs

43% of protein share, 21% of fat content and carb level of 28%, a highly recommended ratio.

Victor Active Dog & Puppy

5 main ingredients: beef meal, chicken meal, chicken fat, sweet potato, peas

Protein content of 36%, fat level of 18% and carbohydrate share of 38%.

Wellness Core Large Breed

5 main ingredients: deboned chicken, chicken meal, turkey meal, peas, potatoes

The levels of protein, fat and carbs are 38%, 13%, 41%, respectively.

Wild Frontier Beef and Wild Boar

5 main ingredients: beef, pork meal, chicken meal, split peas, potatoes.

Protein share of 36%, shares of fat and carbohydrates of 18% and 39%.

Now you have 10 options that can serve you as a guideline to choose the dry food that is best for your dog.