For The Healthy Dog: Homemade Dehydrated Green Bean Treats!

Radiofence.com Pet Products Blog - Homemade Dehydrated Dog Treats Are you tired of hearing about New Years Resolutions yet? Well, Jem and Zoey barked to me what theirs is: eat healthier treats! While all of their favorite homemade treat recipes that we make together are certainly healthy, there is always room for improvement, right? 

Green beans are high in fiber which adds “bulk” to your dog’s stomach making her feel fuller so she consumes less food while still feeling satisfied. This makes green beans an ideal treat for dogs of all shapes and sizes! Many dog owners are disappointed when the vet tells them to lay off the treats because treat time is a crucial bonding moment for all dogs! Green bean treats are the solution to this dilemma because most dogs love them and they’re low in calories.

Whether your dog needs to lose some weight, has health issues, or just wants to stay fit and healthy, green beans are an excellent snack for pups! 

Step 1: Wash and Break Off The Ends of Green Beans

IMG_8784Can you find a treat any fresher or healthier than that?!

Zoey knows its treat time!

Zoey knows its treat time!

Break off the weird ends of the green beans just like you would for any “human” recipe.

"Mom, let's talk about just how long these things are going to take..."

“Mom, let’s talk about just how long these things are going to take…”

 

Step 2: Dehydrate

Whether or not you have a dehydrator machine, dehydrating is simple and easy. I just use my oven! 

Do we really have to wait for them to dehydrate?!

Do we really have to wait for them to dehydrate?!

Bake at 250 degrees for 2 hours. My dogs were too impatient to wait any longer than 2 hours for these to be done, but you can certainly dehydrate them for much longer if you have the time. Two hours was enough to dry them out so they had a little bit of crunch without withering away to nothing.

Step 3: Chow Down!

Don't they look delicious? ;)

Don’t they look delicious? ;)

Wasn’t that easy?! Now you have a wonderfully healthy treat with barely any work required. Love it!

Now for the true test... will the dogs love them?

Now for the true test… will the dogs love them?

Hmmm.. what's this new texture?

Hmmm.. what’s this new texture?

YUMMM! Can I have another?!

YUMMM! Can I have another?!

Zoey approves!

Zoey approves!

And she's not sharing! :)

And she’s not sharing! :)

Now for the lazy hound’s approval… Jem has me right where she wants me. She knows that if she vegges out on the couch I’ll think she looks so precious and deliver her treat to her. Not a muscle was moved in the eating of this treat!

Sniff test...

Sniff test…

Tooth test...

Tooth test…

Tongue test... Jem approves!

Tongue test… Jem approves!

What's the best part? They're mess-free so my couch potato pup can veg out on the cloth couch!

What’s the best part? They’re mess-free so my couch potato pup can veg out on the cloth couch!

Better use my back k-9's for this one!

Better use my back k-9’s for this one!

Remember from last week’s post about helping your dog adjust to moving? Well, Jem loved the part about letting your dog help with all of the projects around the house… notice the paint in her ear from when she “helped” last night? I think the color looks great on her!

Zoey wasn't going to stand for Jem getting treats without her...

Zoey wasn’t going to stand for Jem getting treats without her…

Can we share it like they do on Lady And The Tramp? :)

Can we share it like they do on Lady And The Tramp? :)

I have to say I was nervous about making these… normally my homemade treats have yummy ingredients like peanut butter, banana, or pumpkin. So I was sceptical that they would go nuts over a plain old green bean. Thankfully I was wrong, and they absolutely loved them! I hope your dogs love these as much as Jem and Zoey do. 

 

Health Benefits Of Green Beans For Dogs

Green beans have vitamins A, K, C, magnesium, fiber, and antioxidants.

Vitamin A

  • Fat-soluble vitamin that improves eye health and helps maintain optimal heart health

Vitamin K

  • Fat-soluble vitamin that helps with natural healing from injury or surgery and aids the body’s ability to absorb calcium for strong bones

Vitamin C

  • Water-soluble vitamin that enhances a dog’s immunity and regulates blood pressure 

Antioxidants

  • Prevention of cancer 

Magnesium

  • Mineral that is essential for absorbing nutrients 

How Do Green Beans Help Dogs Lose Weight Or Stay Trim?

This wonderful veggie has a high content of dietary fiber. Fiber is used in every commercial dietary product sold for dogs, so green beans are a natural and effective source of that fiber. If you give your dog too many green beans, you will notice this fiber going to work in your dog’s tummy because she’ll need to go potty more often. This is completely normal, but if you want to avoid it just start out slowly! 

 Store your dehydrated green beans in the refrigerator to keep them as fresh as possible. 

Homemade Christmas Gift Idea For Dogs: Mason Jar Treats

RadioFence.com mason jar dog treats christmas present diy for dogsWhether you still need a gift idea for your dog, or you want to surprise your family and friends with a thoughtful present for their dog on Christmas, this homemade mason treat jar dog treat present is easy, and so much fun to make! Jem and Zoey say this gift is definitely “Dog Approved!”

Step 1: Buy Your Supplies

You’ll Need:

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  • 1 Pint Sized Mason Jar (I used wide-mouthed)
  • Twine or Ribbon
  • Decorative Fabric (optional)
  • Bone-Shaped Cookie Cutter
  • 1 Cup Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Oats
  • 1/4 Cup Cornmeal
  • 1/4 Cup Parsley

Jem and Zoey were thrilled to see treat ingredients under the tree! 

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IMG_7605Do you think Jem is trying to say, “My mouth is open for business and ready for treats!”

The person you’re giving this gift to will add to the recipe:

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  • 1/2 Cup peanut butter
  • 3/4 Cup applesauce

They’ll need to add these fresh ingredients when they make the treats, because these ingredients won’t last in the mason jar!

Step 2: Combine Ingredients In Jar

Layer In The Mason Jar:

1 Cup Flour

I used a "shot glass measuring cup" to pack the flour tightly

I used a “shot glass measuring cup” to pack the flour tightly

1/2 Cup Oats

IMG_76201/4 Cup Cornmeal

IMG_76211/4 Cup Parsley

IMG_7624That has to be the quickest present I’ve ever made… or bought for that matter!

Step 3: Decorate Your Jar 

Cut a 5×5 inch piece of fabric if you’re using a wide mouth mason jar like I did, and place it between the layers of the mason jar lid. 

IMG_7627Save this recipe card to your computer, print it, and cut it out with scissors to be attached to the jar using ribbon or twine so the gift recipient will know how to make the treats:

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You can print it on nice card stock paper, or even sticker paper to be used as a label on the jar rather than tied with the cookie cutter.

Punch a hole in the recipe card. Tie the bone-shaped cookie cutter and recipe card around the lid of the jar with twine or ribbon. 

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Step 4: Give The Gift Of Treats!

IMG_7635I’d like to think that Jem could smell the ingredients through the jar… because she didn’t want to leave it alone!

IMG_7637I can’t wait to give these to all of my doggy friends and family members for Christmas! 

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Such a simple yet beautiful present, and one that we will enjoy admiring under the tree until Christmas! I hope Jem and Zoey don’t go too crazy waiting until Christmas Day to bake these!

 

 

Thanksgiving Dinner Recipe For Your Dog and Cat

healthy thanksgiving dinner for dogs and catsThanksgiving Ingredients That Are Healthy For Dogs and Cats: Keep It Plain and Simple

Have you ever seen people put traditional Thanksgiving dinner into the dog or cat’s bowl as a “treat?” Well, dogs and cats can’t handle cream, butter, salt and pepper, or other seasonings and ingredients that you and I love on Thanksgiving. But plain turkey, potatoes, and veggies are perfect for a dog-friendly meal. Here’s what you should feed your pet on Thanksgiving:

  • Plain, Skinless Turkey – it’s great for pets, and even considered the safest meat for dogs that are prone to allergies
  • Cranberries – a great source of vitamin C and antioxidants
  • Pumpkin – the plain, pure kind: so no pumpkin pie!
  • Yams –  full of fiber and super healthy
  • Veggies – plain, steamed green beans (not the casserole!), peas, carrots, etc
  • Sweet Potatoes – you all know I love feeding sweet potato treats to my pups every change I get!
  • Plain mashed potatoes – no butter or seasonings! 

Healthy Thanksgiving Dinner For Pets

I wanted to make sure whatever I fed my dogs on Thanksgiving was going to be a tasty treat for them without compromising their health. I’d hate to give them something that would give them upset bellies, diarrhea, or worse! This should be a fun experience, not one that leaves us in the emergency vet!

Back To Basics:

IMG_2231I made a pet-friendly Thanksgiving dinner consisting of:

  • Mashed sweet potatoes with homemade pet-friendly gravy
  • Homemade Pet-Friendly Gravy: pureed pumpkin & turkey or chicken broth
  • Green beans, carrots, and peas (steamed)
  • Skinless, boneless turkey
  • Cranberries

The gravy was my personal favorite… rather than a gravy filled with fat and seasonings that pets certainly can’t have, I blended two things that are so healthy for pets: pumpkin and chicken broth!

IMG_2223This gravy can be used all year long to mix with dry kibble when your dog is bored with the same-old dry flavor and consistency. 

Making A Pet-Friendly Thanksgiving Meal Is Easy!

Since we are a week away from the real Thanksgiving, I didn’t have the roasted turkey or any other ingredients that we’ll have to use on the big day. It’ll be easy on Thanksgiving day to make your dog’s dinner from the ingredients you’re using to make the Thanksgiving meal for your family. 

Instead, I simply bought:

  • Pre-packaged, cooked turkey lunch meat 
  • Canned pureed pumpkin
  • Sweet potato: baked or cooked in the microwave
  • Carrots, Green Beans, and Peas: Canned
  • Cranberries (packaged like raisins) 

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

IMG_2225Since I was tight on time, I just cooked the sweet potato in the microwave for 5 minutes and mashed it with a potato masher. The dogs loved them!

 Verdict: Our Thanksgiving Dog Dinner Was A Hit! 

Jem could hardly wait to try it!

Jem could hardly wait to try it!

She went for the mashed sweet potatoes first...

She went for the mashed sweet potatoes first…

Then went in for the Turkey...

Then went in for the Turkey…

She loved that so much, she licked her plate clean!

She loved that so much, she licked her plate clean!

She played with the veggies more than she ate them! Not her favorite...

She played with the veggies more than she ate them! Not her favorite…

Zoey gave the sweet potatoes a lick...

Zoey gave the sweet potatoes a lick…

Then she took a taste of the turkey...

Then she took a taste of the turkey…

And she decided she wanted to eat her Turkey first, unlike Jem!

And she decided she wanted to eat her Turkey first, unlike Jem!

She liked her plate clean, too... success!

She liked her plate clean, too… success!

Surprise! Buddy is back for the winter season… he’s a snowbird

Buddy also went in for the turkey first thing!

Buddy also went in for the turkey first thing!

He loved it!

He loved it!

Like a good boy he ate his veggies!

Like a good boy he ate his veggies!

Now those are tasty!

Now those are tasty!

The dogs LOVED their healthy pet-friendly Thanksgiving meal, and I’m so glad they could join in on the tradition without risking a belly ache or severe health scare. Happy bellies all around! 

Be Careful: You Can’t Suddenly Switch Your Dog’s Diet

Have you ever decided to suddenly switch your dog’s food without transitioning? Doing so leaves your dog’s digestive system in shambles, and you probably had a ton of piles on the floor to clean. You can’t switch your dog from a bowl of dry kibble to a plate full of human food on Thanksgiving without wreaking havoc on your dog’s tummy. 

Just give your dog a little taste as a treat, but don’t make an entire meal out of it. A small portion of food that isn’t too saturated in fat and oils will be just right! 

Thanksgiving Dinner Beware!

The scrumptious Thanksgiving dinner we all know and love isn’t exactly dog friendly… there are ingredients and components of the traditional Thanksgiving meal that would leave your dog with a belly ache or worse – a table-scrap mishap that leads to an all-nighter at the emergency vet!

I was searching the internet for a dog-friendly thanksgiving meal, and I was actually appalled at how many reputable dog bloggers were saying to use “garlic powder” or fresh, chopped garlic for dogs! They were suggesting that readers use way too many toxic ingredients in their dog recipes, and I feel compelled to set the record straight on what ingredients your dog can and CAN’T have on Thanksgiving. 

Ingredients To Avoid Feeding Your Dog:

  • Onions – contain thiosulphate which is toxic to cats and dogs: causes the red blood cells circulating through your pet’s body to burst
  • Garlic – minute amounts are believed to be non-toxic, but large ingestions are very toxic, so why take the risk at all?
  • Gravy – it’s fatty and known to cause pancreastitis in dogs. No sauces made with wine, either! 
  • Turkey Skin- the seasonings aren’t good for pups!
  • Bones! Dogs are born to chew on bones, but not the brittle and the tiny pieces from Turkeys that cause obstructions in their intestines
  • Stuffing – the bread, salt, and fat isn’t good for your pet! 
  • Casseroles – onions, spices , and butter are a big no, and dairy causes diarrhea! Stay away from casseroles and dishes with more than 2 ingredients for dogs
  • Dinner Rolls – your dog doesn’t process grains or gluten as easily as you do, so it’s not worth giving to your pet

Chief veterinarian with Los Angeles Animal Services says: “Veterinarians experience an increased number of office calls due to digestive problems after the holidays because humans invite their animals to celebrate with high fat meals.”

You don’t want to spend Thanksgiving night at the emergency veterinarian due to a table-scrap mishap! Educate your family and guests on what foods are safe and which ones are not when slipping your dog or cat a treat. And always keep the ASPCA’s poison control center contact info nearby: 888-426-4435.

 

Homemade Treats For Dogs With Allergies

Disturbing Lab Results Prove Top Dog andAs you may have read last week, Zoey has been having a tough time with allergies. I took her in to the vet to get some more insight, and he explained that it could be caused from the food or treats I’m giving her, but mostly its airborne allergens present this time of year. 

Store-bought treats are filled with allergens like soy, wheat, corn, etc. And plenty of dogs are allergic to meats like chicken, beef, and pork used in treats and food. 

Homemade treats are a must for dogs with allergies, because you can’t be 100% sure that the store-bought kinds have pure ingredients that are allergy-friendly. 

My vet suggested giving Zoey sweet potatoes as treats because they’re great for dogs with allergies.

Raw honey is also a great natural allergy solution. Drizzling raw honey on the top of sweet potato treats after they’re cooked is the perfect solution for a dog with allergies. 

Why Is Honey Good For Dogs With Allergies?

Raw honey, especially honey bought locally, contains traces of pollen and airborne allergens which helps acclimate your dog to the pollinated air. It also contains enzymes that help dogs digest food better. Does your dog seem to be slowing down or acting lazy? The natural sugars in raw honey that are easily broken down by your dog’s body is a great source of energy for your pup, when used in moderation. Puppies should stay away from honey until they’re adults.

Easy Homemade Dehydrated Sweet Potato Dog Treats

You may remember us making dehydrated sweet potato dog treats in the past, and they’re my personal favorite. Sweet potatoes are so healthy for dogs and humans, they’re inexpensive, and they’re the easiest treats to make. With only 1 ingredient, and 1 kitchen tool needed before popping them in the oven, I feel like I could make these treats all day long!

Step 1: Prepare Your Ingredients 

You’ll Need:

  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Raw Honey (preferably local)

IMG_1525The first step of our treat-making process has quickly become one of Zoey and Jem’s favorite, because they love playing this game of nabbing my ingredients off the kitchen counter, running into the living room, and devouring them. Think they’re a little impatient? 

IMG_1518I can’t bring myself to scold Jem for treat-napping because it’s so stinkin’ cute!

IMG_1483And I love how much she loves fresh, healthy foods.

IMG_1493It’d be like scolding your child for getting excited about eating her veggies… it just doesn’t feel right! 

IMG_1494Zoey appreciated Jem stealing a sweet potato off the counter for her, since she’s vertically challenged. But she would rather cuddle her sweet potato than devour it…

IMG_1512Although Jem and Zoey think they do a perfectly good job of “washing” the potatoes with their tongues, and I have to agree, I do give them a good wash in the sink with my potato brush before slicing them. 

Preheat the oven to 250 degrees before we begin prepping the potatoes. 

Step 2: Slice The Sweet Potatoes 

I used a mandolin to slice my potatoes because I don’t trust myself to slice them by hand, but it’s perfectly fine to use your knife to slice the pieces if you don’t have a kitchen gadget. 

potato-collage-600x600Using the mandolin, I sliced mine like so:

DSC04125-600x399It’s quick and easy. I had my sweet potato sliced in just minutes.

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Step 3: Bake!

Your oven should be preheated to 250 degrees. Place the sliced sweet potatoes on a baking sheet. Sorry Jem, you’ll have to wait a little bit longer…

IMG_1528Bake them at 250 degrees for 1.5 hours.

IMG_1529 After 1.5 hours, remove from oven. My sweet potatoes were cooked at this point because I sliced them thin, but if yours are still very soft, bake for longer. 

IMG_1534If your dog has dental issues or prefers a softer treat, you can bake them for less time. 

They will seem slightly soft when they first come out of the oven, so let them cool completely before serving them to your doggies.

Step 4: Drizzle Sweet Raw Honey On Top

IMG_1543This step will have your dogs drooling! The raw honey drizzled on top will not only have your pups going nuts, but it’ll be the perfect icing on top to help relieve your dog’s allergies.

IMG_1544The sweet potato honey combination can’t be beat when trying to soothe a pup suffering from allergies.

Step 5: Dig In!

IMG_1624If you haven’t already been attached by lickers like I was, now is the time to watch your pups go to town. My favorite part! 

IMG_1547Jem is too tall for me to handle sometimes! I can barely grab a treat off the cookie sheet before she jumps up and snatches it. 

IMG_1548Zoey has to have her chance too, even though she can’t jump as high as Jem.

IMG_1558The girls loved these treats SO much that they were crying for more. I’ve never seen anything like it!

IMG_1623I was worried they were going to keep whining until they were all gone…

IMG_1582Okay one more…

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Now that I know honey is so good for dogs with allergies, and sweet potatoes are the best treat option when my dogs are having symptoms, I plan to make these treats regularly. If the health benefits weren’t reason enough, their overwhelmingly joyous reaction to the flavor sealed the deal! I love how much they adore their homemade treats :)

Does your dog have a favorite homemade dog treat recipe? Or do you have any secret remedies to help allergies? 

 

Homemade Pumpkin Dog Treats Are Super Healthy!

Homemade pumpkin dog treats are so healthyToday is our sweet Jem’s 3rd birthday! And for being such a good girl the last 3 years, she’s getting pumpkin cookies today! After all… it’s officially pumpkin season, so the dogs have been asking me where their pumpkin treats are! And in honor of Jem turning 3, these cookies are only 3 simple ingredients! Pumpkin is so healthy for dogs, and they go nuts for the flavor, so these treats are a win-win.

Step 1: Gather Your Ingredients

homemade pumpkin dog treatsI know you’re busy with the day-to-day, and complex dog treat recipes that have a long list of ingredients are just too much to handle sometimes. I like to keep things simple, easy, with as little hassle as possible. If I can make a dog treat in my own kitchen for cheaper and in less time than it takes to drive to the grocery store and back, then it’s a good day! With only 3 ingredients, these cookies are a piece of cake to make, and they’re so healthy for our pups compared to the store-bought mystery meat treats.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup peanut butter
  • 1 Cup canned pumpkin puree 
  • 1 3/4 C brown rice flour (or the flour you prefer)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Step 2: Combine Your Ingredients 

Combine the peanut butter and pumpkin first:

homemade pumpkin dog treatsThen add 1/4 C of flour at a time until the dough is no longer sticky and you’ve added a total of 1 3/4 Cups:

homemade pumpkin dog treatsMy helpers were especially interested in what was going on in the kitchen…

homemade pumpkin dog treatsThis is one of my favorite stages of making the dogs’ treats. They start to hear the noises coming from the kitchen, they smell the ingredients getting mixed together, and before long there’s 2 powerful noses seeing what I’m up to.

homemade pumpkin dog treatsTheir lickers are a great help with the clean up too! Somehow I think they know when I’m making a treat for them, and they can hardly stand to wait! 

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Step 3: Roll & Shape The Dough

IMG_0045If you want these treats to be super quick, then roll pieces of dough into balls and smash them flat on the baking sheet. No need for fancy shapes since the dogs won’t stare at them long enough to notice before chomping away. 

homemade pumpkin dog treats If you’re feeling creative like I am today because it’s Jem’s birthday, then feel free to roll the dough flat about 1/4″ thick and use cookie cutters to create shapes. 

homemade pumpkin dog treatsPlace the treats on a baking sheet, use parchment paper if you wish, and place in the oven.

Step 4: Bake

homemade pumpkin dog treatsBake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Let the treats cool completely. You can store these in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks and freeze for 3 months. You can also freeze the dough if your pup can’t eat all of these treats in 2 weeks and bake them whenever you have the chance. 

Step 5: Chow Down!

homemade pumpkin dog treatsThe dogs’ favorite part! And I have to say mine too… seeing them enjoy a treat so much that I made for them myself is really rewarding! Happy birthday Jem!

homemade pumpkin dog treats Once again the dogs went crazy over these treats! Zoey couldn’t contain her excitement…

homemade pumpkin dog treats

homemade pumpkin dog treatsZoey likes to enjoy her treats on the rug…

homemade pumpkin dog treatsWhile Jem scarfs them down one after another without wasting any time…

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Jem truly had a great birthday filled with cookies, licking the baking spoons, and tonight she’ll get a couple bites of steak! It’s a little tradition her daddy started on her 1st birthday. 

How do you celebrate your dog’s birthday? And does your dog love homemade treats as much as Zoey and Jem?