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2 Recipes for Homemade Dog Birthday Cakes

You want to celebrate another happy and active year you and your four-legged best friend lived alongside each other. You want to treat them with something special but are unsure if your options would be good for your dog.

Here, we give you two simple and delicious dog birthday cake recipes with a twist: they are not only dog but also human-friendly.

Banana, carob chips and oats cake with peanut butter frosting

  • 2 ripe mashed bananas
  • 1 egg
  • 4 tablespoons of honey
  • 3 cups of whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups of water
  • ½ tablespoon of baking powder
  • 1 cup of oats
  • ½ of carob chips
  • 1 cup of peanut butter

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Coat an 8-inch cake pan with cooking spray.

Mix the bananas, the egg, 3 spoons of honey and the water until you get a combined mixture. Add the flour, the baking powder and the oats and stir.

Pour the mix in the cake pan and sprinkle the carob chips.

With a fork, mix the carob chips in the batter but only slightly for some of them to be on the surface.

Bake for one hour. After that, bake for another 15 minutes if you think it is necessary. Let it cool in the pan for 30 minutes. Then, transfer it to a rack.

Finally, mix the peanut butter and the remaining spoon of honey thoroughly for the frosting and spread it over the cake.

Coconut and honey small cake

  • 3 tablespoons of melted coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 of flour
  • Yogurt

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease two 7-ounce ramekins.

Mix the coconut oil, the eggs and the honey. Then, stir in the flour until the mix is totally absorbed.

Divide the mixture between the two ramekins. Bake for approximately 15 to 20 minutes until the cakes are lightly brown and firm.

Allow them to cool and then remove them from the ramekins. Spread the yogurt and serve.

Look at that! Two mouthwatering, simple, low-cost, quick to make and healthy birthday cake options that you and your dog can enjoy together. Who knows who will be the first to be hungry for more?

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5 Forbidden Foods for Dogs

If you’re like us, we’re always on the lookout for nutritious food and treats for our pets. You can definitely feed your dog some homemade food and natural treats such as bully sticks (which are our dogs’ favorite treats), but you should be very careful with how you do so. Giving too much treats, for instance, can lead to obesity.

Additionally, some foods are very harmful to dogs and should never cross their digestive system. Here are five of them:

Chocolate

chocolate

All kinds of chocolate have theobromine, which is toxic to dogs. It’s especially prominent in

dark and baking chocolate. It can cause excessive thirst, diarrhea, vomits, heart complications and seizures.

Avocado

avocado

The most poisonous fruit you can give to your dog. Much of the harm comes from persin, a fungicidal substance. Avocado also contains high levels of vegetable fat and toxins. It can lead to stomach, pancreas, pulmonary and heart issues.

Onions and garlic

onions

This combo can destroy the dog’s red blood cells and lead to anemia. They can also cause food poisoning, with symptoms such as weakness, difficulty to breathe, vomits and lack of appetite.

Grapes, raisins and seeds

grapes

These foods are known to cause renal failure in dogs. It is possible that your dog’s kidneys and liver shut down and vomits become frequent. You should never give your dog the seeds of peaches, cherries, plums and apples since they contain high levels of cyanide, which dogs are unable to digest properly.

Candy and cakes

candy

These sweets contain xylitol. It’s an ingredient that can provoke an insulin surge, which in turn leads to a blood sugar drop and liver failure. Vomits, seizures, and disorientation are common in these cases.

You should also avoid feeding your pet citrus fruits, raw protein, salty foods, among many other things. Keep informed and everything will turn out just fine.

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 of servings 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 great dog 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

puppy

 

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

adult-dog

 

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.