Oct, 09

Gone to the dogs…

I was talking on the phone with my mom last night and she was telling me about something she had seen on TV about healthy dog treats.  She had told me that you can give dogs green beans, peas, carrots, and even bananas!  This got me thinking more on the topic of healthy dogs & treats at home.  I found some great sites with recipes and tips to keep your dog fit and healthy.  These recipes would be a great activity to do indoors this winter with the kids!  Enjoy!

**Oh!  Before I forget, it is very very very important to remember to never ever give dogs grapes or raisins because they could be fatal!!!  Chocolate can also be fatal and you should never give dogs real bones, because they can splinter and your dog could choke!  Alcohol and hops are bad for dogs too, so don’t share that beer with them!**

Paw Rescue {A great list of food warnings and kitchen safety for your pets.  This site also has a great list of toxic foods too!!  Please take a moment at read}
*Toxic Foods and items for you dogs and cats (and other animals):

Fatty foods, chocolate, grapes, raisins, real bones (because of splinters), alcohol, bread dough, milk, salt, salty pork products, organ meat, tuna can be bad for cats hearts (I had no idea), avocado, tomatoes, nuts, rhubarb, onions, citrus fruits, too much soy is bad, caffeine, cough medicine, cigarettes (don’t smoke around them or leave your butts on the ground to be eaten, sponges (they like to chew them), self cleaning ovens let off toxic chemicals to any animal and may be very harmful to dogs/cats/birds/etc., and don’t let your dog drink from the toilet because if the germs don’t make your dog sick the chemicals will.

Dog Treat Cookbooks {Recipes for dog treats}
Bull Wrinkle {Recipes for dog treats}
Banana Carrot Muffin Dog Treats {A great recipe good enough for you to eat!  It has carrots and honey in the mix!}
Fruits and Veggies That Are Good For Your Dog {A list of fruits and vegetables that your dog can eat!  Just remember to cut up all fruits and veggies into bite-sized pieces so your dog doesn’t choke!!!}
The Real Owner {Explains the health benefits of veggies for dogs}

If you find any other great sites with animal recipes and/ or safety tips, please share with us in the comments section!  Thanks!

4 Responses to “Gone to the dogs…”

  1. linda@limeinthe Coconut

    We do feed our dog bones…raw ones, not cooked.Marrow bones are the best…great for keeping their teeth clean. we’ll even give him chicken wings…again raw. He’s a big guy though (great Dane)

    check out raw food diets for dogs too…sometimes called barf diet (biologically appropriate raw foods).

    great post!

  2. RobbieLee

    Wow! Thanks for the info. I’ve never heard of the BARF Diet for Dogs. I’ll be sure to look into it. I have Blue Heelers, so they’re smaller dogs and they scarf things down so fast, everything has to be small. Again, thanks for the info and we’d love to here more!

  3. Stephanie

    Linda is right, you CAN give your dogs bones, afterall, it’s what they’re made to eat. HOWEVER, they need to be RAW. Cooked bones will splinter as the connective tissues are cooked away.. Raw bones will not. If you know your butcher, you can ask for extra bones that they’ll just throw away. They’re food grade and therefore VERY healthy for your dog.

    As for healthy treats.. veggies are always GREAT for dogs. However watch out for salmon, it’s poisonous for dogs. Another thing to keep an eye on is onions and garlic. They’re not good for them, either.

    If you want a healthy alternative to giving your dog wet food mixed with their dry, use pumpkin puree.. we’ve gotten this advice from a vet. It’s MUCH healthier for dogs and MUCH less fattening.

    I often make homemade dog bones for our pups and use things from apples, pumpkin, blueberries, bananas, etc. They LOVE them and I love that I know EXACTLY what goes into them.

  4. RobbieLee

    Thanks for sharing Stephanie. We really appreciate when people chime in and give tips and advice. I love that so many people are really thinking about their pets and their health. Thanks again and we hope to see you back here soon!


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