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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.

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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?

Drool Dog Recipe: Crunchy Carob Dog Treats via Good Dogs & Co

Crunchy Carob

We all know that chocolate is a big no-no for dogs; however, did you know that they can have carob?
The folks at Good Dogs & Co made a Crunchy Carob Dog Treats recipe that we knew we had to share with our fans. Lucy and her dog Topher are familiar with Best Bully Sticks- our chews were a hit! You can see their bully stick product review here.

TopherIngredients

Makes two dozen round dog treats

  • 2 eggs
  • 1¼ cups ground flax seed (you can also use whole wheat flour)
  • ¼ cup flax seeds
  • ¼ cup of ground carob
  • ¼ cup peanut butter
  • ¼ cup old fashioned oats

For Instructions, see the Good Dogs & Co dog treat recipe!

 

For natural protein treats and chews, see our full selection at BestBullySticks.com.

 

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Christmas Cookies via the Scrumptious Pumpkin

calvin cookieTis the season for baking! While you are baking for friends, coworkers, and neighbors, don’t forget your furry loved one- they deserve a treat too!

Jen at the Scrumptious Pumpkin has an adorable beagle named Calvin, for whom she made Christmas cookies. We saw how much he enjoyed them and knew we had to share this recipe with our fans! We love that it includes pumpkin seeds and cranberries for a festive touch.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup rye flour (or substitute rice flour or all-purpose flour)
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons organic honey
  • 3½ tablespoons olive oil (or substitute organic canola oil)
  • 2 tablespoons organic dried cranberries, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds

 

For instructions on how to make this Christmas Cookie, see The Scrumptious Pumpkin blog.

A warm thank you to Jen and Calvin for sharing this Christmas recipe. We hope that you are able to make it sometime soon for a special treat!

 

Happy Holiday from Best Bully Sticks & Bone Appetit!

New Product Spotlight: Treatibles Dog Treats

We are very excited to introduce a new product at BestBullySticks.com! They are Treatibles Dog Treats, superfood wellness treats made with hemp-derived phytocannabinoids. This ingredient helps benefit a wide spectrum of health conditions and can be used for preventative care. Treatibles holistic treats are in alignment with what we believe in- they are gluten-free, natural dog treats made with dogs’ well-being in mind.

 
20150727-Treatibles New Branding 0000The primary active ingredient in Treatibles Dog Treats is CBD (cannabidiol). 

CBD

– does not cause a “high,” because there is no cannabis or THC

– is 100% legal because it is derived from hemp and is non psychoactive

– does not conflict with other medications

– is non toxic and can not be overdosed.

 

CBD or Cannabidiol is known to benefit numerous health conditions: anxiety, trauma, seizures, cancer, nausea or lack of appetite, muscle/joint issues, pain, inflammation, injury/surgery recovery, skin conditions, and even brain health issues like epilepsy, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

For more information on this holistic ingredient, see the Treatibles website.

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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!

Drool Dog Recipe: Pumpkin Puppucinos by Kirby the Dorkie

Pumpkin Puppucino

 

Best Bully Sticks has been fortunate to partner with Kirby the Dorkie featuring the Canine Chef Cookbook for several years. Debby and Kirbie have developed tons of fantastic dog treat recipes that we love to share with our readers!

Since it is fall, and the month of October makes many of us think everything pumpkin, we decided to feature a sweet treat reminiscent of the oh-so-popular Pumpkin Spice Latte– it’s the dog-friendly Pumpkin Puppucino! This easy snack for dogs may be served warmed or chilled and requires very little prep time!

This recipe is found in the newly published Canine Chef Cookbook, featuring over 100 dog treat and dog food recipes, now available on Amazon.

 

Ingredients

– One 15 oz can pumpkin puree*

– 1 cup plain greek yogurt

– 2 teaspoons cinnamon

– 1 teaspoon ground gingerKirby master chef

– 1 teaspoon vanilla

– 2 tablespoons maple syrup or honey

* Be sure to use pumpkin puree and NOT pumpkin pie filling.

 

For Instructions, see Kirby’s Pumpkin Puppucino recipe.

 
Many thanks to Kirby and Debby for sharing this tasty delight! 

Plan to make these for your pup? If you are on Instagram, share a photo of your dog enjoying Pumpkin Puppucinos and tag @kirbythedorkie and @bestbullysticks!

 

Bone Appetit!Bone appetit!

 

 

 

Drool Dog Recipe: Birthday Ice Cake for Dogs

IMG_3807_facebooksizeDogs love an occasional icy treat, which is just what we at Best Bully Sticks did to celebrate the birthday of Tuesday, our resident Great Dane puppy who turned 1!

We decided to incorporate one of our new exciting products, Chloe’s Sustainable Protein Treats, into our birthday cake. These fun, start-shaped dog biscuits are actually made of cricket protein! Crickets are a sustainable source of protein, iron, and amino acids, and the crickets used in Chloe’s treats are human grade. Chloe’s Treats are hypoallergenic dog treats with no eggs, corn, grains, or soy and come in delicious flavor combinations like Sweet Potato & Cinnamon, Peanut Butter & Turkey Bacon, Peanut Butter & Banana, and Apple & Turmeric. For Tuesday’s Birthday Ice Cake, we used the Peanut Butter & Turkey Bacon variety.

 

Now for the Instructions!PB bacon chloes

  1. Choose a medium size mixing bowl and line with the top layer of treats. In our case we chose Chloe’s Treats for their fun shape. Put just enough water in to cover the layer of treats and freeze.
  2. Once that layer is frozen, lay the treats you have chosen for the middle section against the sides of the bowl (you want your dog to be able to smell the treat). Fill with a thin layer (1/4 in.) of water and freeze them into place.
  3. Once that layer has been frozen, add the remaining water to fill the bowl. You want to leave at least an inch of room at the top of the bowl because it will swell as it freezes.
  4. When you are ready to give the treat to your dog, you can run the outside of the bowl under warm water to loosen it from the bowl.

Pro tip: Choose a bowl with an interesting shape. Decorative bundt cake pans are a great way to do this!

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Tuesday, a Happy Birthday Girl

 

 

Bone Appetit!Bone appetit!

For more icy dog treat recipes, see our Bully Flake Ice Cube Dog Treats and Pumpkin Please Pupsicles.

 

 

 

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.

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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

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

 

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  • 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

 

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.

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Bone Appetit!Bone Appetit!

 

 

 

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