I know, it sounds like a hassle to make your own dog treats, but there’s a good reason to consider getting that mixer out and baking up a batch of some homemade snacks for your dog.
It seems like every day there’s a new warning about a brand or line of dog treats that’s been recalled because it contains ingredients that are dangerous for our pets. Sadly, some unfortunate dog owners find out too late that a product has been recalled only after their dog starts showing symptoms of illness. Tragically, some dog owners have lost a pet because of contaminated dog treats.
Most unsafe treats are jerky type treats imported from China where manufacturing standards are lower than in the United States. Although treats made in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and United States are considered safer, it can be hard to tell where the ingredients were sourced to make the products. Just because a product has a Made in the USA or Product of USA claim or an American flag logo on the package, doesn’t necessarily mean the ingredients to make the product came from within the USA.
Some major pet supply chains have started phasing out products from China, but instead of trying to decipher product labels and hoping those companies are honest in their labeling, why not keep your dog safe by making your own homemade dog treats?
Here’s a great recipe from my daughter-in-law Colleen and her Aunt Marilyn. Some of Colleen’s favorite dogs are lucky to find a gift wrapped package of these yummy treats under their Christmas trees each year. I love this recipe because it’s healthy, easy to make and the treats dry out nicely so they will last for months. Let me know if your dog finds these treats irresistible too!
A big “thank you” goes to Colleen and Marilyn for sharing their recipe and if you’re looking for a healthy treat recipe that contains pumpkin, check out the post 7 Benefits of Pumpkin for Dogs!