Homemade Dog Treats

Homemade Dog Treats
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DIY Homemade Dog Treat Recipes

Cooking wholesome, tail-wagging treats for the dog in your life

Homemade Dog Bone Treat

 

Do you ever get the feeling your furry friend eats better than you? A once uncommon complaint of many pet owners has become increasingly true as more people seek easy dog treat recipes as an alternative. People are no longer content with store bought snacks for their four-legged friend. Instead, pet parents are seeking out restaurant quality, DIY dog treats.

As a seasoned chef at the TRIO restaurant in downtown Austin, TX, Chef Amanda Pallagi-Naim, shares her recipes with countless of guests, including those of the doggy variety. Amanda is sharing her all-natural drool-worthy dog cookie recipes with all the pet owners out there who want to spoil their pet.

We were lucky enough to sit down with Chef Pallagi-Naim, Executive Pastry Chef of the Four Seasons in Austin to discuss the inspiration behind her homemade dog biscuits.

Check out our exclusive interview with Chef Amanda HERE
SimpleWag: Before we get started, why don’t you tell us a little about yourself? Where does your interest in food stem from?

Chef Pallagi-Naim: I would say my interest in food, especially baking, started at a really young age. My grandmother, along with my mom, taught me how to bake. At seven years old, I started baking cookies and I just fell in love with it. I would spend all my free time baking. Throughout high school, I had a job working in a bakery doing simple sweets such as brownies, cookies, and cakes. I came up to Austin for college where I went to St. Edward’s University, and I ended up studying business there. I always wanted to have my own bakery, but after college, I started working for the Four Seasons restaurant TRIO.

Initially, I thought I wanted to go into the restaurant management business because I had been hands-off from the food scene for a while. However, after a short time, I moved into the pastry department of the restaurant where I was professionally trained as a pastry chef. I eventually worked up to the position I am now, which is the Executive Pastry Chef for the restaurant and hotel.

 

Simplewag: Do you have a dog of your own?

CPN: I do, he’s my baby. I have an English Bulldog named Bull. He is just about to celebrate his 8th birthday, so he’s getting up there in age. He is very spoiled, so much so that my husband and I treat him like our kid. He absolutely loves these treats!

Austin is a very pet-friendly place, so pretty much everyone in the shop owns a dog. When we roll out the dough and cut out the bone shapes, we’ll always grab up the scraps that get baked and split them up amongst each other to give them to our dogs. We all love making the treats and our dog love eating them too! As soon as I get home, he just knows, he can smell them in my purse. All I have to do is pull out the bag of doggy biscuits and his tail starts wagging.

 

Simplewag: Where did you get the inspiration to create a gourmet Doggy Biscuit?

CPN: The restaurant has had this recipe for a while but we’ve tweaked it over time. When we were bringing them home to our dogs, we began to notice things like, ‘Well, my dog really likes banana’ or ‘My dog really likes peanut butter’. So we started adding to the recipe to make it healthier, and it’s kind of morphed into this all-natural, versatile recipe. It’s really been a collaboration over time. All our dogs really love it.

We enjoy making these dog treats from scratch because we like to give our guests the best service possible, and that goes for their dogs as well. Why should they be left out? 🙂

 

SimpleWag: Pet owners always want the best for their pet, did you consult a veterinarian when creating the recipe? How did you know what ingredients to include?

CPN: We use chicken broth as the liquid base. We started with regular flour, but over time we’ve mixed it with different grains, like rice and whole-wheat flour. The bananas were my little addition because my dog loves bananas. We thought it sounded really good so we just there threw it in there as well.

I didn’t talk to a veterinarian, but I have done research online just to make sure all the ingredients in the treats are good for dogs. We use all-natural products because we want the treats to have the best ingredients without all the additives.

 

SimpleWag: Are there certain flavors or textures that you found dogs prefer?

CPN: We like to put them in the oven until they dry out so that they are nice and crunchy, which I feel dogs always like. We often see a lot of dogs searching for the crumbs that fall on the floor. I think the cornmeal adds a nice texture to this recipe as well. It helps it stay dry and crumbly.

 

SimpleWag: How long does it take to prepare your Gourmet Doggy Biscuits?

CPN: The dough takes about 15-20 min to make. Since we make big batches, it usually takes us another hour to roll out all the bones. Luckily we have a machine called “The Sheeter” that will roll out the dough for us. Which is very nice because the food processor makes the whole process a lot quicker. The baking takes about 45 minutes to an hour for each round, and because we are cooking for so many furry guests, we make sure to bake a couple of rounds. We probably make them once a week.

 

SimpleWag: Since you’re making it for hundreds of guests, I can imagine your baking time will be much longer than our reader who would be preparing them at home.

CPN: Yes, of course! I don’t want to deter anyone from making the treats. I promise it doesn’t take 3 hours to make at home.

 

SimpleWag: Is there anything you haven’t had the opportunity to share that you feel would benefit the story?

CPN: The Four Seasons property here in Austin is a very dog-friendly place. Many locals come to eat at our restaurant and we always encourage them to bring their dogs. We receive enough doggy visitors to have a complete pet menu for the rooms. There are certain guests and residents that come to our restaurant and ask, ‘ Do you have any of those dog biscuits? We want more!’. Some people will take them to go, or buy some extra after their meal and take them home. It’s actually become a very popular thing for our guests and their pets. We make sure to have plenty on hand for that reason.

Chef Amanda’s Gourmet Dog biscuits are made with high quality, all-natural ingredients. We have consulted our on-staff veterinarian to make sure this recipe provides a nutritionally complete and wholesome treat for your pet. Here at SimpleWag, we believe pets are family, therefore we only want the best for them!


Chef Naim is currently working as the Executive Pastry Chef for the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin, providing delicious gourmet goodies to not only hotel guests, but their furry best friends as well. When she’s not creating pastry magic for TRIO, she enjoys exploring the vibrant food scene Austin, TX with her husband.

 

 

Gourmet Dog Biscuit Recipe

Gourmet Dog Bones Recipe
By Chef Pallagi-Naim
In a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, mix all of the dry ingredients together. In a separate large ovebowl, mix the wet ingredients. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until homogenous. Dough should be dry, but should come together. Add buttermilk if the dough needs a bit more moisture.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Roll to ¼ inch thickness and cut out shapes using a dog bone cookie cutter. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (no need to grease cookie sheet) and bake for 45 minutes or until the dog bones feel hard and dry. Cool and store in an airtight container for up to one week or freeze up to one month.
Ingredients
– 3 cups Whole wheat flour
– 1½ cups Corn meal
– 1 cup Rice flour
– ½ cup Low-sodium Organic Chicken Stock
– 1 ea. Ripe banana, mashed
– ¾ cup Buttermilk
– 1 cup All-natural peanut butter
– 2 ea. Large eggs
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Gourmet Dog Biscuits

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DIY Doggy Delights Treats

When it comes to healthy dog food choices, it’s not always a cut and dry decision as to which ingredients to choose for your pup. Chefs and pet owners alike are turning towards homemade dog food recipes to make sure their pets are getting all-natural, wholesome ingredients.  

Chef Teddy Diggs, the executive chef of the Il Palio restaurant located in the Siena Hotel in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, prides himself on providing simple, delicious and nutrient-dense meals for pets. He created not one, but an entire menu of gourmet doggy dishes for his furry guests.

As more dog owners are finding it harder to recognize “healthy dog food” options,  Chef Teddy was kind enough to share his go to recipe for dog treats, The Doggy Delight Biscuits. With a pup of his own, he knows that nutrition is important for every last member of the family!

Be sure to check out our exclusive interview with Chef Teddy where he discusses the inspiration behind his Doggy Delights Recipe and shares some insights into creating delicious and wholesome dishes for your favorite canine.

CLICK HERE for insights into Chef Teddy's Baking process

SimpleWag: Where did you get the inspiration to create your dog food menu?

Chef Teddy: Our doggy dining menu started with the hotel. The Siena Hotel is a pet-friendly property, where we encourage hotel guests to bring their dogs with them. On an average day, we have about 3-4 dogs staying with us at a time. A lot of the time our high guest satisfaction comes from people being allowed to have their pets with them.

A few years ago, I was noticing that a lot of people were ordering off the room service menu for their dogs. It got to the point where I saw a pet owner order their dog a grilled cheese sandwich and I realized that we needed to offer a better solution. It’s not abnormal for people to want to feed their dog while they’re here. We are a full-service hotel, so we wanted to provide great service for our dog guests as well. We brainstormed for a while and came up with a great package with a lot of great amenities.

When a dog owner checks in with us they receive a dog bed, a water bowl for the room, and our full doggy dining menu.  Each doggy dish comes complete with thematical dog placemats, water bowls, and food bowls. During our turndown service, each dog gets a homemade doggy biscuit. We named it the Doggy Delight biscuit and it comes prepackaged in a shape of a bone. The treats come with a list of the ingredients used because we like to keep guests informed of what we are feeding their dogs.

 

SW: Wow that seems like an all inclusive package!

Before we get started, why don’t you tell us a little about your culinary career?

CT: I’ve been interested in cooking my whole life. As the story goes, I received my first cookbook in the 3rd grade. I grew up watching the early days of the food network with Emeril Lagasse and Bobby Flay. Throughout my whole childhood, I have great memories of experimenting with food and making mock restaurants. In high school, I started working in kitchens and taking cooking night classes. Right after graduation, I went to the Culinary Institute of America and ended up in New York where I started working in professional kitchens. After a while, I moved to the DC Washington area and worked for restaurants such as Maestro and the Ritz Carlton. Maestro was run by Fabio Trabocchi, an award-winning chef from Italy. A lot of the staff in Maestro was also from Italy so I really felt immersed in the Italian cooking culture. It’s become a theme that I’ve carried on throughout my career. When I started branching out on my own, all the menus and kitchens I worked with had an Italian background to them as well.  

After DC, my wife and I started our family and I sought a little more life balance. This took me to Martha’s Vineyard for a few years to run operations up there. I really wanted to find a place where I could set up some roots for my family. We found a perfect little spot in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, at the Il Palio restaurant in the Siena Hotel. I’ve been here for about three and a half years now.

I love working at a hotel because it’s not just about the cooking, it’s about taking care of the guests. It’s a 79-room hotel and we want everyone who stays with us to feel as though we are their home away from home. Being an executive chef of a hotel restaurant adds a lot of diversity to my day with regards to making sure each of our guests is taken care of. This is the philosophy that led us to create our gourmet doggy dining menu. 🙂

 

SW: If you DO have a dog, what is his name and what breed is he/she?

CT: Yes, he’s a pug-beagle mix. His name is TJ, that’s short for Teddy Junior.

 

SW: How did you know what ingredients to include for your doggy dishes? Did you consult a veterinarian when creating the recipe?

CT: I did a lot of research online and I asked my dog’s vet for advice on dog nutrition. I wanted to provide a diverse menu with each dish having a distinct personality to it. I wanted to know what kind of food does the dog like? What is the owner’s thought process about ordering food for their pet?

I wanted to offer diversity in the menu so it has a lot of fun options to choose from. The cornerstone of the whole menu is the idea that “You are what you eat”. I focused on creating dishes that not only tasted good but were also healthy for dogs. I chose ingredients that, from a gourmet aspect, made up a complete meal for a dog.

 

SW: Are there certain flavors or textures that you found dogs prefer?

CT:  I’ve seen a lot of dogs enjoy crunchy and raw items. One of my favorites dishes is called the Nama-stay Bowl. It is a vegan dish served cold with oatmeal, raw carrots and apples folded into it. Dogs love the raw apples and carrots and they are supposed to be great for their teeth. Can’t forget about dental health!

 

SW:  Is there one dish or recipe that seems to be a favorite among your furry hotel guests?

CT: It’s a good mix. We regularly produce our doggy delight biscuits, which have roasted pumpkin, peanut butter, and whole wheat flour. They are really fun to make and our dog guests seem to really enjoy them.

Following the theme of our Italian restaurant, our Mighty Mutt Meatballs (braised veal meatballs) are a big fan favorite. The Puppy Chow dish with lean hamburger meat cooked through with brown rice and scrambled eggs is another menu staple that a lot of guests like to order for their pooch. We also have a variation of the Puppy Chow which is a dish called Bird Dog dinner. It has the same side dishes of brown rice and scrambled eggs just with the addition of grilled chicken breast. The upper tier version of these dishes would be the Regal Beagle, which has brown rice, scrambled eggs, and grilled filet mignon.

 

SW: Our readers really love DIY homemade recipes. Do you think your recipes are easy enough for our readers to make at home?

CT: Oh yeah! The core menu is just staples. The brown rice, the eggs, and the protein are all ingredients you usually feed your dog. The Doggy biscuit recipe I shared is also very simple. It’s made with a few quality ingredients and it’s very easily done.

 

SW: What’s your favorite thing about sharing these pet creations with your guests?

CT: It’s a lot of fun when they order room service because they are treated to the whole experience. I love watching the room service delivery for one of the doggy dining menu dishes.  There’s no difference between delivering a doggy dining dish and a human room service meal. We provide the same level of care and high standards for any food delivery.

 

Chef Teddy Diggs’ vast professional experience and a lifelong passion for cooking are reflected in all of his culinary creations. As the executive chef of the Four Diamond Italian Restaurant, Il Palio, he keeps busy by offering new and inventive dishes to his restaurant patrons and hotel guests. Chef Teddy currently resides in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with his wife, children, and dog “Teddy Jr”.

 

Doggy Delights Recipe

Doggy Delights
By Chef Teddy Diggs
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a bake sheet with parchment/wax paper or a silicone baking mat; set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat pumpkin puree, peanut butter and eggs on medium-high until well combined, about 1-2 minutes. Gradually add 2 1/2 cups flour at low speed, beating just until incorporated. Add an additional 1/4 cup flour at a time just until the dough is no longer sticky.

Working on a lightly floured surface, knead the dough 3-4 times until it comes together. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Using cookie cutters (preferably in the shape of a bone!) cut out desired shapes and place onto the prepared baking sheet.
Place into oven and bake until the edges are golden brown, about 20-25 minutes.*
Remove from oven and let cool completely before serving this delicious pumpkin dog treat to your pup.

Notes:
*Baking time will vary depending on the size and thickness of the treats. Serving size will also vary depending on the desired shapes and cookie cutters used.
Ingredients
– 2/3 cup pumpkin puree
– 1/4 cup peanut butter
– 2 large eggs
– 3 cups whole wheat flour
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Yield: 2 dozen

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DIY Doggy Delights Recipe

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All-Natural Dog Treats- Are They Worth It?

We know what you’re thinking. While it might be enticing to alter your dog diet to include a healthy collectionc of antioxidant-rich pet treats, is the higher cost really worth it? We all know that cheap pet treats are available in stores everywhere, and he’s just a dog, right? What many people forget is that feeding your dog healthy foods and all-natural treats is a holistic way to keep your dog in shape and living a long, healthy life. If you continue to feed your dog cheap pet treats made from low-quality fillers like wheat, corn, and soy, the chances of your dog developing allergies or needing a trip to the vet go up. Just like with people, if you eat healthy and exercise, you’re less likely to need to go to the doctor. We all know how expensive doctor visits can be, for both humans and dogs.

All-Natural Dog Treats- Allergies and Ailments

If your dog suffers from allergies or a skin condition, you have probably tried a variety of remedies to treat these conditions. Just like with us humans, some of us are more sensitive than others, and eating certain foods can aggravate these minor sensitivities. Weaning your dog off table scraps and unhealthy snacks may offer long-term relief, particularly if your all-natural pet treats do not contain the ingredients known to chiefly cause canine allergies (wheat, soy and corn). All natural pet treats should contain quality, nutritional ingredients that will build up your dog’s immune system and help develop a resistance to skin infections.

While chubby dogs may be cute, being overweight can lead to organ failure, diabetes, hip dysplasia, and other potentially harmful ailments. Like humans, dogs that are overweight commonly have less energy for exercise. Our all-natural pet treats may help with these because they are naturally more nutritious and do not contain bulk-fillers. The result is that your dog only eats when he needs to maintain healthy energy levels. We’re willing to bet our treats taste better also, so your dog will feel satisfied eating less.

All-Natural Dog Treats- Health and Lifespan

All natural pet treats offer better sources of vitamins and minerals that are also easier to digest. Your dog is likely to absorb, instead of eliminate, more of the nutrients needed to maintain a healthy, muscular body. This results in a healthier immune system, which prevents expensive illnesses and infections that require a pricy visit to the vet. What you feed your dog will directly impact how he looks, acts, and feels. All-natural pet treats will help your dog live a healthy, long, and happy life. Healthy dog treats promote a healthier, shinier coat, optimal weight, more energy to run and play, and a stronger immune system. All of these things will increase your dog’s life expectancy and quality of life as he gets older.

All-Natural Dog Treats- SimpleWag’s Treats

At SimpleWag, we have one goal: Create healthy products your dog will flip for!  But don’t worry, you won’t need a PhD in chemistry to read our labels.  Instead, our tail-waggin treats contain five easy-to-pronounce, all-natural ingredients:

  • Peanut Butter (a top pick amongst dogs nationwide, our peanut butter is jam-packed with immune system enhancing vitamins and minerals)
  • Sweet Potatoes (great for pets with a sensitive stomach, sweet potatoes are both easily digestible and stuffed with bone and teeth strengthening calcium)
  • Potato Flour (rich in carbs and vitamins, potato flour acts as a great source of all natural energy while protecting your pets from the inside out)
  • Flaxseed Oil (loaded with plant-based Omega-3s, flaxseed protects your pet’s heart while giving them a rich, luscious coat of fur)
  • Cage Free Eggs (protein to keep your pet full of energy and as strong as can be!)

All-Natural Dog Treats- Final Thoughts

While us humans have control over what we eat, our pets are not so lucky. Forced to live at the mercy of their owners, our pets depend on us to feed them high quality, all natural foods. Sadly, the big money corporations seem to have forgotten this. Obsessed with profit margins, they stuff their treats with additives, fillers, and byproducts known to cause disease. But here at SimpleWag, we do things different. Made in San Diego, California, our treats are handmade, wrapped, and boxed with love. While big box advertisers spend millions to convince consumers their products are actually healthy, we put our money where our mouth is. Ethically sourced.  Locally grown. And 100% grain-free.

Whether your new friend is a puppy or an older dog, you rescued them from the pound or adopted them from another person, your choice in treats affects the health of the dog. Many treats are filled with chemicals and tons of corn or grain, and both are bad for hair and skin maintenance, as well as digestion. Depending on the dog, chemicals and grains could adversely affect your dog’s health due to an intolerance or allergy to some ingredients. Because of this, giving your dog healthy dog treats is imperative.

Healthy Dog Treats- Skin and Coat

What goes in must come out, and with dogs, that means not only through the digestive system. A dog’s skin and coat are primarily affected by the ingredients in the food, including the treats that you feed him or her. For a softer coat and better skin condition, feed your friend all-natural treats. The chemicals in the other treats can adversely affect coat growth and feel, and could make the skin overly dry or greasy, none of which is good for your dog.

If a dog’s skin isn’t the correct pH, which is different than a human’s pH, hot spots and other issues could crop up. Furthermore, if your dog has an intolerance or an allergy to a specific grain or chemical (which is often), it could lead to chronic skin infections that could cost you a considerable amount of money over the life of your dog.

Even without an intolerance or allergy to a specific chemical that may be found in many treats, certain chemicals could cause issues with the skin and coat. If you notice that your dog has a foul odor and his coat feels greasy or overly dry, it’s time to change their food. This includes changing treats, we recommend to all-natural, and possibly changing the diet to more of a species-appropriate balance.

Healthy Dog Treats- Better Stools

When you feed all-natural treats that contain less grains, you’ll find that your dog’s stool is smaller, firmer and stinks less. You’ll notice an even bigger change if you feed an all-natural diet to your dog and avoid grains altogether.

The dog’s digestive system gets rid of everything the body doesn’t use through the digestive system. Since the body can’t use many grains and chemicals, it shows in very soft, large stools. You’ll find that when you feed an all-natural diet, including all-natural treats, that a big breed dog’s stools are about the size of a small breed dog’s “kibble-fed” stools.

When your dog does have smaller, firmer stools, it is also easier to use the stools to help diagnose issues. On an all-natural diet with the proper proportions of meat, bone and organs, including treats, a dog’s stool will almost always be the same size and texture. Stool that becomes loose (when you know that you have the proper percentages of bone, meat and organ) could alert you to a problem you otherwise wouldn’t have seen right away.

The well-firmed stools give you another benefit. They dry up and disintegrate within two to four days during the summer – sooner if it rains. You won’t have a backyard full of poop sitting around until you can find the time and energy to clean it up.

Healthy Dog Treats- Healthy Dental

Just like with humans, what your dog eats affects its dental health as well. Doggie junk food – food laced with grains (which turn to sugars) and chemicals are as bad for a dog’s teeth as sugary foods are for your teeth. When you choose all-natural treats, you’ll find that your dog’s mouth not only smells better, but you may have to brush the dog’s teeth less often. Converting to a species-appropriate diet, along with all-natural treats, goes a long way in dental care. Additionally, crunchy treats scrape tartar off the dogs’ teeth so there is less chance of gum disease or other issues with the teeth and mouth.

Healthy Dog Treats-Less Digestive Issues

Since a dog’s digestive system was not designed to use grains and chemicals, you may find that your dog’s tummy may often be upset, in addition to other issues caused by chemicals. Just think about what happens if you eat ice cream and you have a severe lactose intolerance. That doesn’t feel good at all. While many dogs seem to have a cast-iron stomach, many more cannot tolerate the chemicals and grains that are found in commercial treats.

Healthy Dog Treats- Longevity and Better Quality of Life

Help avoid cancers and other chronic issues caused by chemicals and grains to give your dog a chance to live longer. Dr. Gloria Dodd, DVM, has noticed that dogs fed all-natural treats and diets tend to live longer and have fewer health issues. The quality of a dog’s life is also better, since it is not dealing with chronic skin issues or a chronically upset digestive system.

Give your dog a better quality life and a longer life by watching what you feed it, including treats. We’re beginning to sound like a broken record, but going all-natural is a good start to converting to a diet that helps your best friend can live a long, happy life.

Healthy Dog Treats- Ingredients to Avoid

When looking for treats for your dog, avoid these problem ingredients:

  • Corn and wheat gluten- These ingredients are in many commercial treats and dog foods. A dog’s digestive systems is not made to properly digest grains.
  • Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT)-  According to the National Institute of Health, BHT was found to cause hepatic and renal damage in male rats and hepatic toxic effects in both male and female rats. Additionally, rats who were fed BHT showed an increase in liver weight and less activity of many hepatic enzymes. When BHT was applied to the skin, studies showed lung toxicity. This chemical was also found to adversely affect the humoral immune response in animals. A lowered immune response, makes clearing up coat and skin issues a nightmare.
  • Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA)-  According to DogFoodAdvisor.com, the National Health Institute has found that BHA is a cancer-causing agent.
  • Blue 2, Yellow 5 and 6, Red 40 and 4-MIE food dyes-  Skip the pretty food dyes as they are attributed to a host of issues including but not limited to hypersensitivity reactions, cancer and behavior problems. 4-methylimidazole (4-MIE) causes cancer in animals.
  • Ethoxyquin- This has been found by Dr. Gloria Dodd, DVM, to be highly toxic to animals. Yet, it’s used as a preservative in many dog foods and treats. Other issues included shortness of lifespan, problems whelping and liver cancer.
  • Rendered fat- Rendered fat is probably the least dangerous to your dog, but it is still dangerous. It ay contain heavy metals and other toxins and microorganisms such as salmonella flourish in it. And, if a bag of treats or dog food gets wet, the rendered fat can cause mold and harmful bacteria to form.
  • Propylene glycol (PG)- This chemical is used to absorb water in food. It can affect your dog’s renal system and skin, and could cause issues with the dog’s respiratory system. The chemical, according to The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, is “generally recognized safe” for food usage. However, it is used in the paint and plastic industry and is used to make polyester compounds.

Healthy Dog Treats- Final Thoughts

As you can see, knowing what is in your dog’s food, including treats, is more important that you could have ever imagined. When shopping for treats, be sure to choose all-natural treats that have less grain and no chemicals.  SimpleWag share dog owners’ concerns about what goes into their pet’s bodies. SimpleWag’s dog treats are handmade in small batches right here in the USA. Our treats are all-natural, as well as gluten and grain free. Our treats only contain 5 total ingredients: peanut butter, sweet potatoes, potato flour, flaxseed oil, and eggs. That’s it, simple, all-natural, and healthy dog treats for those tired of mass produced dog treats found in most stores. Switching to SimpleWag treats may be the first step in giving your dog the healthy and safe snack they deserve.

Whether your new friend is a puppy or an older dog, you rescued them from the pound or adopted them from another person, your choice in treats affects the health of the dog. Many treats are filled with chemicals and tons of corn or grain, and both are bad for hair and skin maintenance, as well as digestion. Depending on the dog, chemicals and grains could adversely affect your dog’s health due to an intolerance or allergy to some ingredients. Because of this, giving your dog healthy dog treats is imperative.

 

Healthy Dog Treats- Skin and Coat

What goes in must come out, and with dogs, that means not only through the digestive system. A dog’s skin and coat are primarily affected by the ingredients in the food, including the treats that you feed him or her. For a softer coat and better skin condition, feed your friend all-natural treats. The chemicals in the other treats can adversely affect coat growth and feel, and could make the skin overly dry or greasy, none of which is good for your dog.

If a dog’s skin isn’t the correct pH, which is different than a human’s pH, hot spots and other issues could crop up. Furthermore, if your dog has an intolerance or an allergy to a specific grain or chemical (which is often), it could lead to chronic skin infections that could cost you a considerable amount of money over the life of your dog.

Even without an intolerance or allergy to a specific chemical that may be found in many treats, certain chemicals could cause issues with the skin and coat. If you notice that your dog has a foul odor and his coat feels greasy or overly dry, it’s time to change their food. This includes changing treats, we recommend to all-natural, and possibly changing the diet to more of a species-appropriate balance.

Healthy Dog Treats- Better Stools

When you feed all-natural treats that contain less grains, you’ll find that your dog’s stool is smaller, firmer and stinks less. You’ll notice an even bigger change if you feed an all-natural diet to your dog and avoid grains altogether.

The dog’s digestive system gets rid of everything the body doesn’t use through the digestive system. Since the body can’t use many grains and chemicals, it shows in very soft, large stools. You’ll find that when you feed an all-natural diet, including all-natural treats, that a big breed dog’s stools are about the size of a small breed dog’s “kibble-fed” stools.

When your dog does have smaller, firmer stools, it is also easier to use the stools to help diagnose issues. On an all-natural diet with the proper proportions of meat, bone and organs, including treats, a dog’s stool will almost always be the same size and texture. Stool that becomes loose (when you know that you have the proper percentages of bone, meat and organ) could alert you to a problem you otherwise wouldn’t have seen right away.

The well-firmed stools give you another benefit. They dry up and disintegrate within two to four days during the summer – sooner if it rains. You won’t have a backyard full of poop sitting around until you can find the time and energy to clean it up.

Healthy Dog Treats- Healthy Dental

Just like with humans, what your dog eats affects its dental health as well. Doggie junk food – food laced with grains (which turn to sugars) and chemicals are as bad for a dog’s teeth as sugary foods are for your teeth. When you choose all-natural treats, you’ll find that your dog’s mouth not only smells better, but you may have to brush the dog’s teeth less often. Converting to a species-appropriate diet, along with all-natural treats, goes a long way in dental care. Additionally, crunchy treats scrape tartar off the dogs’ teeth so there is less chance of gum disease or other issues with the teeth and mouth.

Healthy Dog Treats-Less Digestive Issues

Since a dog’s digestive system was not designed to use grains and chemicals, you may find that your dog’s tummy may often be upset, in addition to other issues caused by chemicals. Just think about what happens if you eat ice cream and you have a severe lactose intolerance. That doesn’t feel good at all. While many dogs seem to have a cast-iron stomach, many more cannot tolerate the chemicals and grains that are found in commercial treats.

Healthy Dog Treats- Longevity and Better Quality of Life

Help avoid cancers and other chronic issues caused by chemicals and grains to give your dog a chance to live longer. Dr. Gloria Dodd, DVM, has noticed that dogs fed all-natural treats and diets tend to live longer and have fewer health issues. The quality of a dog’s life is also better, since it is not dealing with chronic skin issues or a chronically upset digestive system.

Give your dog a better quality life and a longer life by watching what you feed it, including treats. We’re beginning to sound like a broken record, but going all-natural is a good start to converting to a diet that helps your best friend can live a long, happy life.

Healthy Dog Treats- Ingredients to Avoid

When looking for treats for your dog, avoid these problem ingredients:

  • Corn and wheat gluten- These ingredients are in many commercial treats and dog foods. A dog’s digestive systems is not made to properly digest grains.
  • Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT)-  According to the National Institute of Health, BHT was found to cause hepatic and renal damage in male rats and hepatic toxic effects in both male and female rats. Additionally, rats who were fed BHT showed an increase in liver weight and less activity of many hepatic enzymes. When BHT was applied to the skin, studies showed lung toxicity. This chemical was also found to adversely affect the humoral immune response in animals. A lowered immune response, makes clearing up coat and skin issues a nightmare.
  • Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA)-  According to DogFoodAdvisor.com, the National Health Institute has found that BHA is a cancer-causing agent.
  • Blue 2, Yellow 5 and 6, Red 40 and 4-MIE food dyes-  Skip the pretty food dyes as they are attributed to a host of issues including but not limited to hypersensitivity reactions, cancer and behavior problems. 4-methylimidazole (4-MIE) causes cancer in animals.
  • Ethoxyquin- This has been found by Dr. Gloria Dodd, DVM, to be highly toxic to animals. Yet, it’s used as a preservative in many dog foods and treats. Other issues included shortness of lifespan, problems whelping and liver cancer.
  • Rendered fat- Rendered fat is probably the least dangerous to your dog, but it is still dangerous. It ay contain heavy metals and other toxins and microorganisms such as salmonella flourish in it. And, if a bag of treats or dog food gets wet, the rendered fat can cause mold and harmful bacteria to form.
  • Propylene glycol (PG)- This chemical is used to absorb water in food. It can affect your dog’s renal system and skin, and could cause issues with the dog’s respiratory system. The chemical, according to The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, is “generally recognized safe” for food usage. However, it is used in the paint and plastic industry and is used to make polyester compounds.
  • Any food toxic to dogs like avocado, grapes or chocolate (carob chip is okay though!)

Healthy Dog Treats- Final Thoughts

As you can see, knowing what is in your dog’s food, including treats, is more important that you could have ever imagined. When shopping for treats, be sure to choose all-natural treats that have less grain and no chemicals.  SimpleWag share dog owners’ concerns about what goes into their pet’s bodies. SimpleWag’s dog treats are handmade in small batches right here in the USA. Our treats are all-natural, as well as gluten and grain free. Our treats only contain 5 total ingredients: peanut butter, sweet potatoes, potato flour, flaxseed oil, and eggs. That’s it, simple, all-natural, and healthy dog treats for those tired of mass produced dog treats found in most stores. Switching to SimpleWag treats may be the first step in giving your dog the healthy and safe snack they deserve.

Helpful Hint: Add coconut oil to Fido’s pet food or homemade dog treats for added health benefits!

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