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Weekly Drool Recipe: Sweet Potato Dog Biscuits

shutterstock_139005761Sweet Potatoes are a fantastic source of vitamins and minerals that your dog can benefit from! 

Sweet potato, an anti-diabetic, anti-inflammatory food, offers a wide variety of health benefits. For one, sweet potatoes are rich in amino acids which are essential for your pup to maintain healthy lean muscle. They are also full of fiber which supports digestive health, and are packed with antioxidants. These antioxidants are great for an upset stomach! And Best Bully Sticks knows that dogs LOVE sweet potato. We’re happy to feature My Baking Addiction’s Sweet Potato Dog Biscuit recipe for our furry fans!

 

Yield: About 2 dozen biscuits

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30-40 minutes

 

Ingredients:my baking addiction sweet potato biscuit pic

  • 1 cup of canned sweet potato (you can sub fresh if you want)
  • 1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour, brown rice flour, or gluten free flour
  • 1 egg (beaten)

*1/2 tsp of salt can be added to these treats to help extend the shelf life but, it is optional.

For instructions on how to make these sweet potato dog biscuits, visit My Baking Addiction.

 

 Many thanks to Jamie for sharing this great recipe! We hope our canine fans enjoy.

 

Bone Appetit!Bone Appetit!

 

Want to try other sweet potato dog treats?

                        Peanut Butter Sweet Potato Dog Treats

                        Sweet Potato Nothings Dog Treats 

                        Layered Sweet Potato Frosty Bones

 

Pet Obesity: What’s considered Obese for your Pet?

dog on scale cropAs we head into the New Year, many Americans are thinking about what they would like to do differently. These New Year resolutions extend to our pets as well. What, and how much we are feeding, our pets, has a significant impact on their waistline and overall health.

Guest contributor Jordan Walker of Coops And Cages offers insight on the obesity epidemic in pets and what we can do about it!

When it comes to pets, chubbiness can be pretty darn cute. Chubby pets are so fluffy and irresistible, owners and others can’t help but cuddle them! Plump pets may seem excusable and taken to mean a pet is well-loved, cared for, and oozing with cuteness. However, humans have been warned about obesity and the adverse health risks associated with it. Is this also true for pets?

The “Fat Pet Gap”
The Association of Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) says that millions of pets in America are too heavy for their own good. 53% of dogs and 57% of cats, a combined total of 179 million pets, are currently overweight or obese. However, many pet parents don’t even realize that their pets are tipping the scales. Pet owners surveyed said their pets were normal weight when they were in fact overweight or obese. APOP founder, Dr. Ernie Ward, refers to this lack of awareness as the “fat pet gap,” where pet parents have normalized pet obesity. This means fat pets have become the new norm. This should not be taken lightly!

What is obesity?
Like in humans, obesity in pets is defined as having excess body fat. If a pet is obese, not only does it weigh more, but it has more fat in its body than considered healthy. Weight is some indicator of obesity. In dogs and cats, being overweight means weighing 10 to 15 percent above the ideal weight. Obesity, on the other hand, is weighing 15 percent or higher than the ideal weight. 10 to 20% over the ideal weight may not mean much on the scale. For example, if a pet’s ideal weight is 20 pounds, it will only need to put on 4 pounds to be considered obese.

shutterstock_113408662Could your pet be obese?
Most pet owners would be hard put to determine whether their bundle of fur is obese. The onset of obesity can be barely noticeable – at least to some – and when it is, the pet may have already grown extra fluffy. Determining the ideal weight for pets and weighing them regularly will help in keeping healthy pets in healthy form.

Experts have also developed a way of determining a pet’s body condition by visual and hand inspection. In order for a pet owner to tell whether their pet is in the ideal range of health, they should feel for their pet’s ribs. In normal dogs and cats, the ribs should easily be felt, but not sharp against the skin. For both animals, when looking from the side, a waist should be defined, and the belly not sag. 

What (or who) causes pets to grow out?
Quite simply, obesity usually results when pets are overfed and under-exercised, have conditions like hyperthyroidism or Cushing Disease, or are neutered/castrated. Overfeeding is the main cause of pet obesity, and pet owners are largely to blame. After all, it is the humans who do the feeding. Free feeding, where food is freely available in the bowl, is one main cause. Pets who are allowed to eat as much as they want, whenever they want, are more likely to become obese. 

Another reason is a lack of exercise. The simple rule of “calories in, calories out” with humans also applies to pets. If pets get more food than exercise, they are more likely to plump up. Treating excessively is yet another contributing factor. Treats should be given in moderation and not replace a dog’s regular meal. Best Bully Sticks natural, single-ingredient dog treats are low in calories and high in protein for a dog chew owners can feel good about.

Check back with us next week as we continue on the topic of Pet Obesity and measures you can take to prevent obesity and undo the extra pounds!

Jordan Walker

 

Author: Jordan Walker

Jordan is the lead content curator for Coops And Cages and other pet-related blogs. His passion for animals is only matched by his love for ‘attempting’ to play the guitar. If you would like to catch him, you can via Google+ or Twitter.

 

Drool Dog Recipe: Doggie Pupcakes

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Dog birthdays are a big deal here at Best Bully Sticks.
After all, they only come once a year, and it’s such a fun way to spoil your furry loved one!

Today we are featuring a recipe by Brenda at When Pooch Comes to Shove. This Pupcake recipe only requires 6 ingredients that you probably already have on hand in your pantry and fridge.

 

Ingredients

1/2 Cup Whole Wheat Flour or All-Purpose Flour
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1/3 Cup Vegetable Oil
1/2 Cup Unsweetened Applesauce
1 Egg
2 Tablespoons Honey
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9 Ways to Celebrate Fall with your Dog

The air has turned chillier, and leaves are turning color and starting to fall. Autumn is a wonderful season to enjoy time outdoors with your dog! Whether it’s going on a long walk in the park or a game of fetch in the backyard, your dog deserves some quality time in what many argue to be their favorite season.

Best Bully Sticks has put together a list of 9 Fall Fun Ideas below for you and your dog. We hope that you get to do one or all of these before winter weather sets in! (Click on the image to enlarge)

Halloween News: We have a special page just for Halloween! Check out Best Bully Sticks Halloween Sales leading up to October 31 for Spooktacular Savings on dog chews and other cold weather necessities.

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Weekly Drool Recipe: Carrot Banana Dog Treats

Carrot BananaMade with only four healthy ingredients, these super-tasty, human-grade dog treats are ideal for spoiling your pooch while maintaining a healthy diet. And thanks to their bite-sized drool-worthiness, these treats are also perfect for training! Yum!

Thank you Doggy Dessert Chef for sharing this spectacular recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Banana
  • 1/2 Cup shredded Carrot
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 Cup Brown Rice Flour

Directions:
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Weekly Drool Recipe: No-Flea Dog Biscuits

no-flea-dog-biscuits-43-digThis week’s drool-worthy dog biscuit recipe by Judith at The Midnight Baker features a tasty treat made from brewer’s yeast to repel fleas! Brewer’s yeast is not only palatable to dogs, it promotes a shiny coat and is quite healthy, too. Your pooch will love these wholesome treats, and you’ll love knowing that fleas will be kept at bay!

Thank you, Judy, for sharing this fantastic recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups oats
  • 1 cup powdered brewers yeast
  • 1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour (or any flour)
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

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Product Spotlight: Think! Dog Louisiana Dog Treats

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Picture slowly drifting along the water in a Louisiana bayou. It’s both relaxing and exhilarating.

Now think of the fresh shrimp, crawfish, and gator found in those waters. Well, we’ll leave that to the fishermen!

Your dog can experience the taste of freshly-caught Louisiana fish with 6 varieties of Think! Dog Treats.
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Crunchy Meaty Bites Dog Treats

crunchymeatybites Crunchy Meaty Bite dog treats by Zippy the Whippet are delicious DIY dog treats made with three ingredients! They provide your dog with a much-needed protein boost and a tasty treat all in one! They are very easy-to-make, and we are positive your dog will love them!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of rice flour
  • 1 cup of cooked meat (we used steak and chicken)
  • 1 egg

Directions:
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Weekly Drool Recipe: Peanut Butter + Jam Freezies Dog Treats

Jam FreeziesSummer is getting pretty HOT! Let your dog cool off with these refreshing Peanut Butter + Jam Freezies Dog Treats from Laura Benn of Pawsh Magazine & Studio! They are a longer-lasting treat that will provide your pup with tons of tasty entertainment.  Peanut Butter + Jam Freezies are easy to make and will keep your pooch hydrated while providing healthy proteins!

Ingredients: 

  • About 12 medium to large strawberries (organic is preferable)
  • 3-4 spoonfuls of all-natural peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup of cold water

Directions:
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Strawberry Lemon Chicken Jerky Dog Treat

strawberry-lemon-jerky3-516x387 It’s summertime, and strawberries are in season! High in Vitamin C and nutrients, strawberries give a satisfying taste to any dog recipe. This week we are featuring a Recipe from Doggy Dessert Chef: Strawberry Lemon Chicken Jerky!

Ingredients
1 cup pureed Strawberries
1 tablespoon Cinnamon
2 tablespoons Lemon Juice
1 tablespoon dried Mint
1 to 2 cups Water
2 – 3 Chicken Breasts
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