Make Food for Your Dog

We now know to beware of jerky treats for pets.  Thousands of illnesses and over 500 deaths (mostly canine) during a six-year period appear to be directly related to jerky treats, and the focus now is on those made in China.  While the FDA investigates, do your own research.  Check the websites of the companies responsible for the pet food, treats and chews you buy, read food labels, and call the store that sells your favorite pet food products to see if they have additional information to share.  According to recent reports, the challenge can be determining where the food was made and where the ingredients originated.  If you don’t get clear answers and are in doubt about a product, don’t buy it.

This is also an opportunity to ask your vet about your pet’s nutritional needs and to revisit the idea of making treats at home.  But don’t stop there–consider making kibble and special dinners for your pet, too!  Here are two unique cookbooks in the Pets Neighborhood section of the New Books area that feature creative canine recipes:

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In The Dog-Gone Good Cookbook: 100 Easy, Healthy Recipes for Dogs and Humans, author Gayle Pruitt, a certified nutritionist, chef, and writer for Petological magazine, shares her recipes for Chicken Tenders with Coconut and Sesame Seeds, Spaghetti and Meatballs, and Salmon Dinner with Braised Fennel.  Pruitt’s recipes exclude soy, corn and gluten, and most are human and dog friendly with some canine-only entrees featured in the last chapter.  Artistic photos throughout make this an entertaining book to browse and one to consider giving to a pet loving friend.  Pruitt reminds us to consult with your vet to find out if these recipes are suitable for your dog.  Keep in mind these are for special occasions and are not meant to be consumed daily by your dog.

Dinner for Dogs: 50 Home-Cooked Recipes for a Happy, Healthy Dog is a terrific book full of tips, ingredient substitutions, and a list of fruits anddinner for dogs vegetables your dog might like.  The “Tasty Treats” section has a super easy recipe for carrot cakes.  A lengthy two-page Homemade Kibble recipe is worth a try.  Number of calories and percentage of protein and fat are included with the recipes.  Author Henrietta Morrison is the founder of Lily’s Kitchen in England.  Her “chief taster” is her border terrier, Lily.  Check it out!

Further reading:

http://www.fda.gov/forconsumers/consumerupdates/ucm371413.htm

Related blogs:

http://tscpl.org/pets/dog-treats/

http://tscpl.org/pets/homemade-dog-treats-get-the-kids-involved/

 

 

 

Kimberly Sain

As a Public Services Specialist, I actively promote the Travel and Pets neighborhoods, coordinate nature-themed programs for adults and families, and serve on the Big Read planning committee. Outdoor photography, birdwatching, discovering new hiking trails, and reading nature writing and travelogues about Alaska are some of my hobbies. Peter Matthiessen's Shadow Country is my all-time favorite novel.

  • Miranda

    Thanks, Kim, these books look great!
    I’ve made dog treats at home several times, and they were super easy, the dogs loved them, and–best of all–I knew exactly what was in them! :)

  • Kim Sain

    Hi Miranda–I’m thrilled to hear your pets get homemade treats! Morrison’s book is certainly a welcome addition to our collection–lots of good info in that little book. Happy baking–Kim