Call Best Bully Sticks (877) 483-5853

Want Coupons & Sale Updates?


Privacy Policy
Archive

Tasty, Healthy, Dog-Worthy Foods

shutterstock_288080552-small

 

January is a time when many of us think about how we can improve our diet and exercise. While you’re making efforts to incorporate more fresh vegetables and other ingredients into your daily meals, don’t forget about your four-legged family members!

Today’s post on dog-worthy foods is a guest article from writer Ash Stevens.

 

 

 

 

We may have all grown up with dogs eating kibble, but commercial dog food is a rather recent development. Dog food started being produced in the 1930’s, so those big, heavy bags of kibble haven’t even been around a hundred years. Our growing understanding of canine nutrition and balanced diets has allowed companies to create some premium dog food, but the home kitchen still possesses some alluring tastes and smells that can make a positively drool-worthy treat for the average dog.

Veggies
The list of of canine-friendly veggies goes on and on. Green beans, peas, broccoli, sweet potatoes, carrots, potatoes, and cauliflower are all safe for dogs. Many of them can even be prepared along with our own veggie sides and be grilled or baked. Vegetables like carrots, zucchini, celery, and cucumber can be eaten raw and once grated, sprinkled over their bowl of dinner kibble. Herbs like mint and parsley can also be included, and they happen to make for some colorful breath-freshening treats.

Fruits
When it comes to fruit, it’s hard to go wrong. Apples, oranges, bananas, melons, and berries make a pleasant addition to just about any dog belly. They pack a blast of sweet flavor that their taste buds are sure to appreciate, and their bodies will enjoy the extra vitamins and minerals. While most dogs may be ready to scarf down fruits in their entirety, please be aware that certain fruit seeds and skins dogs should avoid: apple seeds, stone fruit pits, and banana peels. Stay on the safe side and set aside the fruity extras for the trash or compost pile.

Charlie smileCanine-Worthy Carbs
Brown rice, oatmeal, and whole wheat breads can be eaten in moderation by many dogs. These foods come with a helpful boost of energy plus fiber and other nutrients, but they should still be kept to a minimum. In general, (safe) human foods should comprise no more than 10% of a dog’s diet*.

Meat
Anyone cooking up chicken and beef at home knows the alluring powers meat has over dogs. Dogs may eat commercial dog food thanks to modern life and advanced technology, but before that they were eating scraps. And before they were eating table scraps, they were hunting in packs for animals. Without a doubt, meat is a craving they’re hardwired for.

Many of us already feed our pup leftover morsels of meat, but some people have taken it a step further by adopting a diet of raw meat, organs, and bones for their dogs. There’s debate on both sides concerning the safety, benefits, and nutritional balance with putting a dog on a raw diet but lean cooked meat will generally get a thumbs up from the dog doctor.

If you feed your dog occasional morsels from the kitchen, keep in mind that chocolate isn’t the only food that dogs should avoid. There are potential health risks for dogs who consume grapes, avocados, and macadamia nuts, so avoid handing out these doggie no-no’s**! As always, remember to talk with your vet so that you can learn more about the individual needs of your dog and the human foods that would best fit with their lifestyle. Then you’re all set to prepare some healthful foods for you and your dog!

Happy cooking, everybody!

 

Ash Stevens guest write

 

About the Author

Ash Stevens is a mother and writer who loves spending time in the garden, searching for simplicity, and figuring out ways to get the Labrador to parent her children. If she isn’t writing about family and relationships on her blog, then she’s playing badminton with the kids and their furry friends. You can follow her on Twitter at @AshStevens000.

 

 

Resources:

*People Foods Your Dog Can Eat

** Which Foods Are Toxic For Your Pet?

The 2015 Dog Treat Holiday Gift Guide

SantaPawsList-Blog

If you haven’t bought your dog’s holiday presents yet, we have some recommendations for you in this Holiday Gift Guide!

Holiday Boxes– Receive a fun and festive Holiday Box FREE with your purchase of any of our pre-made Holiday Box, like Medium Medley for medium dogs, Tiny Tim for small dogs, and Abominable Snowman for large dogs, just to name a few.

Jumbo Bully Stick Bows: a durable chew for dogs medium and larger.

Braided Gullet Sticks: high in chondroitin, great for senior dogs!

Gullet Cookies: another fun gullet chew that’s a healthy rawhide alternative like all of our chews.

Yummy Yams: vegetarian chew high in Vitamins A, B, and C , fiber, iron, and calcium!

 

We hope you have a merry holiday season full of doggie kisses!

caroling caroling here we go

 

 

 

 

Drool Dog Recipe: Easy Crock Pot Dog Food via Damn Delicious

Crockpot dog foodFall and Winter are great times of year to make crock pot dishes, including those for your dog(s)! Chungah from Damn Delicious shared a delicious crock pot dog food recipe that we knew we had to try. With only 6 ingredients, this healthy dish makes a great treat from the daily kibble or canned dog food your dog may be accustomed to.

Look in your pantry and/or head to the supermarket because you’re about to make some tasty DIY dog food for your four-legged friend!

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 1/2 cups brown rice
  • 1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped butternut squash
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped carrots
  • 1/2 cup peas, frozen or canned

 

For instructions and nutrition information, visit the Damn Delicious blog. Let us know what your dog thinks if you make it!

 

Thanks to Chungah for sharing her DIY dog food recipe with us. It may just be a new favorite of our four-legged friends!

 

For more tasty dog treat recipes, see the Healthy Dog Blog’s other Drool Dog Recipes.

 

Bone Appetit!

Weekly Drool Recipe: Banana Pumpkin Dog Treats

Today BestBullySticks.com brings you an easy, but nutritious banana pumpkin dog treat recipe that will stand up to your pooch’s taste test. Paul from Sweet Paul Magazine lent us this fantastic recipe, which his dogs readily approved of and yours will, too! Aside from their great taste, these banana pumpkin dog treats offer a variety of health benefits. Bananas are chock-full of amino acids, electrolytes, minerals, vitamins, potassium, fiber and manganese. Pumpkin provides your pup with a variety of nutrients that are thought to support digestive health, weight loss, and urinary health.

banana pumpkin dog treats sweet paul

Ingredients:

  • 1 very ripe banana
  • ½ can pumpkin purée
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1½ cups whole wheat flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

For instructions on how to make these banana pumpkin dog treats, visit Sweet Paul Magazine.

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

 
Bone Appetit!Bone Appetit!

 

 

Looking to try some more pumpkin dog treat recipes?

Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dog Treats

Grain-Free Pumpkin Dog Treats

Blueberry Pumpkin Dog Treats

St. Patrick’s Day Green Mint Dog Treats

st. patrick's day green dog treatsHappy Saint Patrick’s Day! 

If you plan to celebrate the holiday with your furry friend, these green St. Patty’s themed dog treats from Minnie in Manhattan are perfect!

These treats have no artificial color. Their beautiful vibrant green color is actually from mint and parsley. Mint and parsley not only provide the treats beautiful green color, these ingredients also help freshen your pup’s breath. On top of improving doggy breath, mint is believed to help alleviate nausea and stomach ache. Parsley is believed to ease arthritis pain and promote digestive health. 

Ingredients: 

  • 3 1/2 cups organic brown rice flower
  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil (warmed to liquid)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup packed fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup packed fresh parsley
  • 1 cup chicken broth or water

For instructions on how to bake these St. Patrick’s Day green mint dog treats, visit Minnie in Manhattan

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

st. patrick's day green dog treat 

Bone Appetit!Bone Appetit!

 

 

 

Looking for more breath-freshening dog treats?

Puppermints

Mint Buckwheat Dog Biscuits 

Drool Dog Recipe: Turmeric and Flax Dog Biscuits

turmeric and flax dog biscuitsLooking for a healthy treat to pamper your pooch with?

These turmeric and flax dog biscuits, created by Tod and Diane from White on Rice, are a delicious and healthy treat for your pup.  Turmeric is thought to have pain relieving, cleansing, and anti-inflammatory properties. Along with the healing qualities of turmeric, flax is fantastic for your pup’s skin, coat, and immune system.

The pain relieving qualities of turmeric and the immune system boosting properties of flax make these dog biscuits a fantastic choice for a senior dog or a pup with a painful ailment.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup (180ml) hot Water
  • 1 teaspoon Beef or Chicken Bouillon Powder
  • 1 1/3 cup (175g) all-purpose Flour
  • 1 1/3 cup (175g) Whole Wheat Flour
  • 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup (55g) ground Flax Seed
  • 1 Tablespoon Turmeric
  • 1/2 cup (130g) Peanut Butter
  • 1 Egg

 For instructions on how to make these turmeric and flax dog biscuits, visit White on Rice.

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

 

Bone Appetit!Bone Appetit!

No-Bake Peanut Butter Dog Treat Recipe

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

It’s no secret that dogs LOVE peanut butter. The benefits of a natural low-sugar peanut butter include healthy fats, antioxidants, vitamins, and proteins.

This drool-worthy peanut butter treat recipe from Honey & The Baker requires no baking and is sure to be a hit with your furry friend!

These easy-to-make peanut butter treats have already been pup-approved by Honey, the adorable English Cream Golden Retriever featured on Jenny’s blog. 

Makes 10-12 treats.

 

 

Ingredients: 

  •  1/2 cup peanut butter*
  • 1/4 cup milk*
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats

*It’s best to use peanut butter without too much added sugar or salt and low fat/non fat milk so they don’t upset your pup’s tummy.

 

For instructions on how to make these no-bake peanut butter dog treats, visit Honey & The Baker

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

 

 

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

 

Bone Appetit!Bone Appetit!

 

 Want to try some other Peanut Butter treats?

 

Nutter Butter Dog Treat

Peanut Butter & Pumpkin Dog Treats from Design Crush

 

 

Training Treats on Sale During Train your Dog Month


Best Bully Sticks Chicken Nuggets Ruby the AiredaleThis week at BestBullySticks.com, save on training treats for your good dog!
Choose from Beef Chip Snackers, Beef Puffs, Chicken Nuggets, Dried Bovine Gullet Cookies, and more!

 

Quick Facts on these Snacks: 

Beef Chip Snackers: These beef snackers can easily be broken into smaller pieces to teach your dog commands and test his memory!

Dried Bovine Gullet Cookie: high in chondroitin and like most of our beef chews and treats, sourced from free-range cattle.

Best Bully Sticks Chicken Nuggets Ruby the Airedale2Chicken Nuggets: This lip smackingly-good dog treat is made from premium USA chicken with no fillers or preservatives.

Training just became a whole more fun with treats like these to motivate your dog!

For more pawsome dog treats, view our full selection of Natural Dog Treats.

Thanks to Ruby the Airedale for sharing her photos! Take a look at her Best Bully Sticks product review!

 

To learn more about Best Bully Sticks natural dog treats, see the Healthy Dog Blog Product Spotlight.

 

In the Dog Kitchen Cookbook: Tuna Tater Tots & other Dog Treat Recipes!

dog treat baking smallAs you all know, we are big fans of homemade dog treats here at Best Bully Sticks. In addition to supplementing your dog’s diet with natural treats and chews, adding homemade dog treats to the mix is a great way to keep your hound happy and healthy!

In the Dog KitchenWhen we received a copy of In the Dog Kitchen: Great Snack Recipes for your Dog by Julie Van Rosendaal, we were super excited! We enjoyed flipping through the pages to see the photographs and descriptions of dog treats.

So far we have tried one treat,

Tuna Tater Tots.

Its description: Made purely of tuna and potatoes, these flavorful bites are perfect for small dogs.

Our Social Media Manager was visiting with miniature Schnauzer Cloud, and this treat sounded like the perfect fit!

 Ingredients:

  • 1 (6 oz) can tuna or salmon (packed in water or oil), undrained
  • 1 cup instant mashed potato flakes

We love that this easy recipe only has 2 ingredients, ones that you may already have in your pantry.

 Instructions:

  • Tuna TaterPreheat the oven to 350F.
  • In the bowl of a food processor, pulse the tuna (with the liquid from the can) and potato flakes until well blended. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and let the mixture sit for a few minutes- this will allow the potato flakes to absorb some of the moisture from the tuna- then pulse again until well blended. The mixture should resemble fresh bread crumbs but hold together when squeezed. If the mixture is too dry to hold together, add a splash of water or stock.
  • Shape into marble-size balls or small cylinders and place on ungreased baking sheets.
  • Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until firm. Cool on the baking sheets, and store in a tightly sealed container in the fridge, or freeze.

cloud treat

 cloud gulp

What did Cloud think of the Tuna Tater Tots?

This photo says it all.IMG_5427

We hope that you enjoy this recipe from In the Dog Kitchen by Julie Van Rosendaal. Her book is available on Amazon.com for a reasonable price and comes with 70 tempting recipes, including some recipes that intrigued us like

– Lentil Cheezies

– Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup Bites (we passed this page around, and everyone agreed that these look tasty for humans, too!)

– Ham & Buckwheat Cookies

 

 Stay tuned for another Featured recipe from In the Dog Kitchen!     Bone Appetit!

 
 
 

Drool Dog Recipe: Peanut Butter Dip via Golden Woofs

If you think you’ve seen numerous Peanut Butter recipes featured on the Healthy Dog Blog, you are right. Dogs love peanut butter, and we do, too!

 This week’s recipe comes from one of our favorite dog bloggers, Sugar at Golden Woofs

Peanut Butter Dip is an easy, 2-3 ingredient treat that can be paired with fresh fruits and veggies of your choosing like apples, banana, carrots, or celery. Great way to get some healthy, raw ingredients into your dog’s diet!

sugar peanut butter

 

To make Golden Woof’s Peanut Butter Dip, you will need: 

1 cup of Plain Yogurt

1/4 cup of Peanut Butter

(Optional)  1 tsp of Honey

 

For instructions, check out Sugar the Golden Retriever’s Peanut Butter Dip!

 

 

Interested in more Peanut Butter Goodness?

Check out our other Drool Dog Recipes using peanut butter like

As always, Bone Appetit!

%d bloggers like this: