Homemade Treats

A proper diet is important for both you and your furry friends, but healthy eating can be difficult to maintain. The trick is to find treats for you to enjoy with your pets that are both healthy and tasty. The good news is that it’s surprisingly easy to indulge with your fur-kids without feeling guilty. Many of the foods you already enjoy are good for Fido, too.

When you make better food choices you feel better and the same is true for your pets. Your four-legged family members rely on you for a healthy diet and a bag of kibble frequently doesn’t provide all the nutrients your fur-kids need. You may take a daily vitamin to help fill in the gaps in your diet and The Missing Link makes it simple to do the same for your pets.

The Missing Link specializes in creating superfood pet supplements for both cats and dogs. Their ingredients are chosen individually based on purity and safety to ensure that your pets receive the best whole food nutrition they need.

Superfoods and Your Pets

Superfoods are nutrient-dense edibles that contain high levels of many vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. These foods are also considered to be especially beneficial to your health and well-being.

A superfood supplement can help sustain your pet’s energy levels, maintain a healthy coat, and support the digestive and immune systems. A few ingredients The Missing Link uses:

  • Apple
  • Flaxseed
  • Organic Blueberries
  • Organic Dried Kelp
  • Vistamin B1, B2, B3 and B6
  • Probiotics

In fact, 20 varieties of fruits and vegetables can be shared with your dog so eating healthy with your furry friends can be very simple. In addition to many fruits and vegetables you can also share several varieties of seeds with your pup.

Sesame seeds are an especially healthy choice as they are a great source of manganese, calcium and zinc. They also contain sesamin and sesamolin which help to lower cholesterol and prevent high blood pressure.

You can make many tasty dishes using Chosen Food’s toasted sesame oil, including this pet-friendly recipe for Sesame Beef with Garlic Beans. An unrefined, expeller pressed variety is your best option as it is produced without chemicals and maintain the highest possible levels of nutrients.

Dinner is Served

When hunger really strikes and a piece of fruit won’t satisfy anyone in your home there are many recipes for dishes you’ll all enjoy. Sweet Potato Fries are a delicious snack option and easy to make. You can also prepare dinner and dessert by checking out this list of dog-friendly recipes.

Special occasions deserve a special treat and Peanut Butter Delight Cake fits the bill perfectly. You can also prepare a variety of yummy, yet healthy, cupcakes for your furry family members. If you’re preparing treats as a gift for a friend’s fur-baby Vegan Pumpkin Treats are simple to make and easy to transport in a cute gift box. You may want to prepare a double batch of this treat, however, as you and your furry friends will love them equally as much.

Foods to Avoid

With so many great food options available to share with your four-legged friends it’s important to know which foods can make your pets sick. The following list is only a few of the foods to avoid and you should check with your vet if you’re unsure.

Dangerous for Dogs and Cats

  • Chocolate – The caffeine and theobromine can cause your pets to become ill and can even be fatal.
  • Grapes and raisins– Consuming either of these, even in small amounts, can cause catastrophic digestive effects and kidney failure.
  • Cinnamon– While not a toxic substance to dogs this spice can irritate the inside of your pup’s mouth and cause an increase or decrease in heart rate.
  • Macadamia Nuts– By far one of the most poisonous foods for dogs. Ingestion of macadamia nuts can cause vomiting, increased body temperature, and affect the nervous system.

The next time a snack craving strikes you will be better prepared to provide a tasty treat for both yourself and your pets. You know the health benefits of many common foods as well as which foods to avoid feeding your pets. If you’re crafty in the kitchen it may be fun to come up with some new recipes of your own and share with other pet owners.