Dog Treats and Eats For the Financially Challenged
Feeding Doggy In The Recession
Not to sound dire or alarmist, but lately I have noticed alongside the foreclosure epidemic in my local paper, a noticeable increase in cats and dogs being offered up for adoption at our county shelter. It seems that not only have people lost their homes, and businesses to the Great Recession, in many cases are having to give up their precious pets. An unbearable sad dilemma I am quite sure.
My belief is however, that no matter how hard or dire things may seem at the time, there will appear a rainbow and a promise for a better life in due course. That being said, I also happen to know deep down that there are many people who are committed to keeping their pets no matter what. These same pet owners may be looking for responsible ways to minimize the costs involved of keeping their pets.
If you have ever gone down the pet aisle of your grocery store, or pet supply store, the costs of owning a pet today can be daunting you will likely conclude. Questions may come to mind. How can a pet owner feed his/her dog or cat and not break the bank? How can you feed your pet healthy meals without maxing out your budget (or your credit cards!).
Well, I have an idea. You think of your pet as your baby already anyway. Why not forego that expensive dogfood aisle for the healthier, gentler baby food aisle. Sounds wacky I know, but this can work for you!
In place of those expensive artificial or woodchip laden dog bones, how about a box of baby teething biscuits? They are just right for babies so that means very digestible and gentle, and good for the gums.
Missing something in your dog's diet on a shoestring budget - grab a jar or two of baby food for emergencies. The chicken or beef babyfood satisfies a small dog just fine.
Stay away from the milk and juice products though, unless you like living in your yard day and night, and I think you know what I mean here.
Just like people, many animals have food intolerances and sensitivities. It is certainly prudent to completely stay away from food dyes, gluten, chocolate, nuts, candy. All very bad for your pets stomach and digestion, or even its life.
The "treats" and "bones" are very expensive on the doggie aisle, so alternative ideas are needed to keep your pet healthy and contented, and your wallet intact.
Well, health comes first. So, one economical way to get their veggies (foregoing the expensive boxed stuff on the doggie aisle) is the local produce section of your market. The two vegetables that come to mind are baby carrots, and green beans in the pod. Handfuls of green beans will give your pet a week full of nutritious vegetables. The baby carrots are great for your dogs eyes!
Here is a great doggie diet for the financially challenged: Baby Teething Biscuits, jars of baby food for emergencies ie. sweet potatoes, chicken, beef. Also, multi-grain cereal. This diet is best for small dogs or pups. There should be no preservatives or artificial colors in the baby food. Moderation is the key, a little can go a long way.
Ingredients toxic to dogs: AVOID COMPLETELY
Chocolate -- can cause seizures, even death. Onion -- can cause anemia. Liver -- Too much can cause Vitamin A Toxicity (small amount okay). Macadamia nuts, Walnuts -- toxic -- may cause weakness, muscle tremors, paralysis. Potatoes are okay, but the green part should be avoided. Raisins and grapes -- toxic. And the grapes can also be a choking hazard. Sugar and sweeteners --Avoid -- can cause hypoglycemia, obesity, tooth decay.
Ingredients Safe for dogs: IN MODERATION
Baby food is okay in small amounts (as ingredients usually contain some fat, sugar, salt);
Lactose free cheese;
Soy milk, almond milk, lactose free milk;
Chicken, or beef broth (low sodium);
Plain cooked chicken with no seasoning or oil, bones removed;
small turkey sausages, or turkey hot dogs, turkey bacon;
lactose free yogurt, or cream cheese (small amount);
low sodium beef or chicken broth ice cubes (hot day treat/ice-cube tray/freezer).
RECIPES ON A SHOESTRING
BEEF/CHICKEN DOG BISCUITS
1 cup whole wheat flour, 1/4 cup low salt chicken broth, 1/4 cup organic low fat milk; 1 egg, 1 Tbsp. olive oil. 1 extra egg separate (in a bowl whisk the egg for a splatter!)
PRE-HEAT OVEN TO 350 degrees farenheit
In a bowl add the whole wheat flour and the olive oil and the egg. Mix together until smooth consistency. Next, add the chicken broth and the milk. Mix thorougly until doughy. On a floured surface (parchment paper base is nice) knead the dough to desired thickness. Cut with your favorite cookie cutters, or special doggie cutters.
Spread your egg splatter on the biscuits before placing in oven.
On a non-stick cookie sheet (or use cookie sheet with parchment paper) bake doggie biscuits at 350 degrees for 25 - 30 minutes (or visually check until look done as oven temperatures vary).
When done place cookies out to cool.
Place in zip lock zipper bag, or brown paper sack to store.
MAKES: 2 doz doggies biscuits
NEXT RECIPE: Requires 2 - 8 inch Bundt or Cake Pans; Pre-heat Oven 350 degrees.
Is your doggie having a birthday soon, or some big reward is warranted?
BACON CHICKEN BUNDT CAKE
3 strips Turkey Bacon, 3 cups whole wheat flour, 3 egg-beaters (or 3 eggs), 1 Tbsp. Baking Powder, 1/2 cup Olive Oil, 1-2 jars chicken baby food, 1 jar pureed carrots, yogurt. Mix all the Ingredients (EXCEPT the Turkey Bacon and yogurt) in a mixing bowl. Mix until smooth.
Pour the mix into the Non-Stick Bundt or Cake Pans.
Bake in Oven at 350 degrees 35 - 40 minutes. Use a visual check at 30 and 35 minutes as oven temperatures vary.
While the cake is baking, cook the Turkey Bacon on stove top until crisp. Drain. After bacon is cooled, crumble it ito little bacon bits. Set aside.
Let cakes cool for 10 minutes, and set upside down on plates to remove cakes.
Place on two separate cake plates. Ice the bottom cake first. Placing some of the yogurt icing on the bottom cake. After that one is finished, place the second un-iced cake on top of the bottom cake. Ice the top cake with the yogurt icing.
Sprinkle your bacon bits on the top of the cake.
Your dog's birthday cake is done. Happy Dog, happy life. Bon Appetit.
So there you have it. I hope by now you realize that it really doesn't have to break the bank to own and keep your pet. I sincerely hope that this article will bless you, and that you can keep and cherish your beloved pet (okay, I know its your child) for a long time to come.