Archive for Dog Treats

Is your four legged family member scratching, biting, or licking at its paws uncontrollably?

Are the little red bumps that have sprouted on its stomach, legs, or back causing obvious discomfort and itching?

Are you worried about what’s provoking these painful rashes, raw patches, or bite-like red spots all over your dog?

 

The simple answer is: Your dog might have food allergies.

Just like humans, dogs are prone to allergies. Unlike people, though, your pup can’t tell you what’s causing it discomfort or pain. The only answer is for you to be vigilant and thorough in recognizing your dog’s symptoms, and to make the necessary changes that will enable him or her to live a comfortable, symptom-free life.

Aside from itchy rashes and red spots, food sensitivities can be recognized in a number of other ways.

Does your dog experience any of the following symptoms on a regular basis?

-Constant scratching and shaking of the head

-Chronic ear infections

-Frequent diarrhea or gas

-Licking of the feet

-Hair loss

-Red spots or skin inflammation

-Coughing or “hacking”

-Constant sneezing

 

If you can answer yes to one or more of the symptoms listed above, there’s a chance your dog might have a food allergy or intolerance; it’s time to consult your vet for a proper diagnosis.

If a food sensitivity seems likely, your dog might be prescribed medication for temporary relief or allergy shots for a more long term solution. Rest assured, though, even if your dog does suffer from any of these problems, there are other at-home steps to take that will relieve their discomfort and get their health back on track.

 

Here’s where to start:

Try a New Dog Food

 

If your vet does diagnose your dog with a food related sensitivity, the first step to take is switching their food.

Dogs are commonly allergic to foods like:

-Pork

-Poultry (chicken, turkey, duck)

-Beef

-Eggs

-Corn & Wheat

-Dairy

-Soy products

To find out which food your dog is reacting to, try implementing an elimination diet.

 

To do that, remove every single food your dog currently eats and replace it with a food source they’ve never come into contact with before. Like humans, dogs can also develop allergies over long periods of time, so even if your dog has eaten chicken products with no issues throughout its entire life, you’ll still want to eliminate them.

Good food sources to try during the elimination diet stage are things like buffalo, salmon, sweet potatoes, or even kangaroo. While these might sound a little strange, by feeding your dog something they’ve absolutely never come into contact with, you’ll be able to more quickly and surely figure out which specific food is ailing them.

After you’ve switched your dog to a new food, wait for all symptoms to disappear. Once they do, you’ll know your dog isn’t reacting to the food they’re currently eating, and you can start re-introducing more common foods, one at a time.

Reactions to food usually show themselves within a few days to weeks of consumption, so this process will take time. To get your dog’s health back on the right track, though, it’s well worth it.

Once you know which foods your dog is sensitive or allergic to, you can choose to either buy processed food or make your own. If you’ve decided to feed your dog something like venison or kangaroo, for example, feeding your dog a homemade diet might be easier.

Raw Diet Pros and Cons

 

Feeding your dog homemade meals, or a raw diet, comes with its benefits and drawbacks.

Benefits:

-You’ll know exactly what goes into your dog’s food and won’t have to translate words off the back of dog food packaging.

-You’ll be able to use ingredients that might otherwise be hard to find in processed dog food.

-You can eliminate all processed ingredients and preservatives from your dog’s diet.

Negatives:

-Feeding your dog a raw diet can be both time consuming and expensive.

-Dogs have different nutrient requirements than humans, and it’s easy to leave an important element out if you’re not following strict guidelines from a pet dietician.

The best decision for you and your dog will depend on your lifestyle and preferences. Whichever route you choose, make sure your dog’s food only contains ingredients that have been cleared through the elimination diet phase.

What About Treats?

Dogs with food allergies and sensitivities often miss out on the fun stuff like treats and bones. There’s nothing worse than feeding one pup a tasty treat while the other sits by and watches. The good news is, dogs with food sensitivities can enjoy the tastier things in life right alongside their four legged friends.

 

There are three great options when it comes to snacking outside of regular meal times:

 

  1. Feed your dog cut up fruit, vegetables, or even meat for small snacks or treats. Of course, make sure each food is safe for dogs and has passed the elimination diet test. If you’re sure the chosen food is in the clear, though, bite size pieces make excellent treats. Fruits like grapes are a no-go for canines, but apple slices without the seeds can be a perfectly healthy snack. Fully cooked shrimp or other dried meats are also great choices.

 

  1. Buy all natural dog treats. If cooking and preparing snacks for your dog is too time consuming or you’d just prefer the convenience and safety of knowing someone else has handled the hard part for you, opt for pre-made, all natural dog treats. Companies like Safe Bones Co make tasty and healthy treats with no preservatives, which are wonderful on-the-go options your dog will love. You won’t find ingredients like corn meal or chicken by-products with companies like this, so you can rest assured your dog’s health will be in good hands.

 

  1. Prepare home-made treats. Sure, you can feed your dog whole foods like apple or shrimp, but where’s the fun in that? There are hundreds of excellent dog treat recipes for all the avid bakers out there. Try this list for homemade dog treat recipe ideas; make sure to swap out any ingredients your dog might react to.

 

For a crowd favorite, try preparing a batch of homemade jerky treats for your dog.

 

Ingredients needed:

-2 to 3 pounds of meat (use a meat that’s safe for your dog)

-¼ to ½ tsp of soy sauce

-1 tbsp of creamy peanut butter (optional)

 

Follow these steps for tasty jerky treats:

  1. Freeze the meat for 1 to 2 hours. Make sure it’s still thaw enough to slice.
  2. Preheat your oven to 150 degrees after the meat is frozen. You can also use a dehydrator, but an oven will work if you don’t have one.
  3. Slice the almost-frozen meat as thinly as you can without letting it fall apart.
  4. Place the meat slices in mixing bowl and add soy sauce and the optional peanut butter.
  5. Mix the ingredients together and let them sit for 5 minutes.
  6. Place the meat evenly spaced out on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, making sure none of the slices overlap (if you’re using a dehydrator, follow the directions for your machine).
  7. Leave the meat in the oven for 2-4 hours, flipping once throughout. The total cooking/drying time will depend on the season and humidity, and the level of doneness you prefer.
  8. Remove the jerky, let it cool completely, and store it in a cool, dry place.

 

Author bio:  Kristen Youngs writes for pet blogs like https://safebones.co and spends much of her time hanging out with her own pup or traveling the world.

Do you have a friend who has a four legged animal as their baby? Is it hard for you to find your friend a present or gift for their birthday, special occasion or holiday? Why not get them something their dog or cat can use. There are a variety of gifts available for pets these days. Many pet owners look for the best and healthiest gifts for their four legged friends.

 

Pets, particularly dogs and cats have been man’s greatest playmates and trusted friends for many years. They have always been around as loyal companions and hence healthy gifts for them will go a long way in appreciating their loyalty. Therefore when making your shopping list it’s important that you include something special for your best friend and longtime companion.

 

When buying a gift for your pet you don’t need to spend a lot of money on expensive items. There are many healthy, less costly and more practical items that will ensure that your pet lives long and remains around for many years. Some great gift ideas for pets include: pet insurance, veterinary medical checkup, healthy food, a life without parasite, exercise and microchips.

 

Pet insurance: Pet insurance which primarily covers cats and dogs pays the veterinary costs when the insured pet becomes ill or accidentally injured. Insuring a pet helps the pet owner avoid the risk of paying for serious medical procedures such as cancer treatment or surgery. Alternatively, the pet owner can prepare for such situations by setting aside a given amount of money every month. For example you could set aside $25 per month to go towards emergencies for your pet. There are a number of different pet insurances available to meet your needs and the needs of your pet. Either way, preparing for a medical emergency is one of the best gifts you can give your dog at anytime.

 

Veterinary Medical Checkup:Although a trip to a veterinarian may not appear as an ideal gift for one’s pet, a medical check up may help in early diagnose a serious and potentially fatal health problem. It’s just as important for a pet to get regular checkups as it is for their owners to get checked on. Therefore working closely with a veterinarian to ensure that your dog is both healthy and happy is a wonderful gift one can give a pet.

 

Nutritious Food:Special food treats often accompanied with table scraps are common gifts given to pets during the holiday season. While this may be a great act of love and kindness such foods may make a pet ill or lead to an overweight pet, therefore be cautious when giving dogs edible gift. To make food a great gift for your pet consult a veterinarian about the right nutrients for your pet so that you can choose the best diet for your animal.

 

Parasite Free Life: Parasites such as fleas, ticks and heartworms infect pets making them very sick and in some cases killing them, to avoid this it is recommended that pets are checked regularly and given anti-parasite medications. If your pet has not been given anti-parasitic medications then parasite prevention will make a great gift for any animal.

 

Exercise: Although buying your pet a new play toy may seem like a great gift, an extended play time with your pet or a long walk around your neighborhood is better. By helping your dog maintain a healthy weight through exercise you will give a gift of good health to your pet and yourself.

 

Microchip: A microchip will make a wonderful gift for your pet if it is not yet microchipped. Having a pet microchipped is a fast and inexpensive way of ensuring that you are re-united with your pet if it gets lost at any given time. If your pet has already been micro-chipped ensure that the contact information is correct and up to date. Investing in a microchip for your pet will save in the headache of searching and looking for them if they go missing. The expense will outweigh the benefits in the end.

 

Pets have always been man’s best and most trusted friends. While we may want to shower them with material things, it’s good to note that love and attention is the greatest gift of all.

 

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According to the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, around 45% of all dogs in the United States are overweight. Overweight dogs are more likely to suffer from the following:

  • Arthritis
  • Weakened immune system
  • Cancer
  • Heart Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Breathing Problems
  • High Blood Pressure

The following tips will help you learn how to help your dog lose weight.

 

  1. Feed Your Dog Correctly

You should feed your dog a small portion of food two to four times a day. It is important to measure the food as well. Use an 8 ounce measuring cup when you feed your pet. It’s too easy to accidentally give your dog too much food when you use a coffee cup or a scoop.

  1. Choose the Correct Type of Food

If you’d like your dog to lose weight, you will want to choose quality dog foods that contain above-average amounts of protein and below-average amounts of fat. Make sure you choose ones that have been approved by food and drug administration, and be mindful of harsh chemical and preservatives from the package. You may also mix high-quality dog food from the store with low-calorie dog food you make at home. Homemade dog food for weight loss is easy to prepare and store.

  1. Choose the Correct Types of Treats

Healthy dog treats will reward your pet for good behavior and keep him or her healthy at the same time. Choose organic dog treat that do not contain sugar. Sweet potato, salmon bites, or kangaroo treats for dogs are great alternatives to healthy snacks. Another tip is to break larger store-bought treats in half to lower the calorie count.

  1. Offer Chews

Bones and chews support a dog’s need to chew without adding extra calories. However, avoid chews such as pig ears since they can be high in fat content. Chews can also help keep the most avid food-beggar too busy to worry about eating extra food.

  1. Up Your Dog’s Exercise Level

Exercise is a great way to help your dog if you’re asking yourself how to get your dog to lose weight. Commit to taking your dog on a daily walk no matter the weather. Exercise will help your beloved pet lose weight and live longer.

 

How Much Exercise Does My Dog Need?

As little as 20 to 30 minutes of brisk walking or playing is all it takes to aid your dog’s weight loss. However; if your dog has been sedentary for a long period of time, you may want to ease into a higher activity level to avoid injury.

 

  1. Use Supplements

Check with your veterinarian to see if an omega-3 supplement can help your dog lose weight. Additionally, use of an L-carnitine supplement has been shown to increase lean muscle mass and aid in weight loss.

 

  1. Monitor Your Dog’s Progress

Weigh your dog every one to two weeks while you are engaging in a weight-loss program. This will help you determine if calories need to be further restricted. If your dog has lost too much weight, you will know that you can increase calorie intake.

 

Helping your dog lose weight is very possible if you stick with a proper diet and exercise regimen. Contact your veterinarian to determine the healthiest way for your dog to lose weight.

 

Alicia Hill

Alicia is a full-time freelancer. She writes for several companies and sites, including Zoe’s Doggy Treats. Alicia is very simple, plain, and chill most of the time. She enjoys being outdoors and spending time with loved ones.

We all love our dogs and we love giving them treats when they do something good. But we may not know what’s in those store bought treats and if it is good or bad. It doesn’t help when there are recalls for dog foods and treats as well, that end up worrying dog owners more than anything. So when you want to give your dog a special treat, what do you do? Well, here are two do-it-yourself gourmet dog treat recipes that you can easily make at home:

Natural Greenies Treats
Greenies is a brand of dental dog treats that helps to freshen breath and clean teeth. Here is your recipe for natural Greenies treats at home! You’ll need: 3 ½ c organic brown rice flour, 1 tbsp premium activated charcoal, 4 tbsp vegetable oil, 1 egg, ½ c packed fresh mint, ½ c packed fresh italian parsley, 1 c chicken broth, 1 tsp Swanson GreenFoods Liquid Chlorophyll.

Heat your oven to 400 and then line a baking sheet with either parchment or spray with non-stick spray. Then mix the flour and the charcoal and put to the side. Now, you’ll want to finely chop the mint and parsley and mix it with both the oil and ¼ c of the broth so that it makes a paste. Once you have your paste made, add in the chlorophyll and mix well. Carefully add the paste mix to the flour and knead like a bread recipe. You’ll want to add in the remaining broth carefully, mixing well in between each addition. If you find that the recipe is getting too stick to knead or roll out, you can add in a bit more flour or dust the area that you’re working with it. The dough will not be green, in fact, it will be a dark gray color normally. Once you have your dough completely mixed and kneaded, roll it out and use a cookie cutter to make fun shapes. Bake at 400 degrees for about 15-20 minutes. Let them cool and then store in an air tight container in the fridge.

Dog Chicken Jerky
Every dog loves meat, so why not make them and organic treat that they can gobble up? Here is a recipe for organic chicken jerky for your furry baby. Here’s what you’ll need: 1 package lg organic boneless chicken breasts, and a pinch of sea salt. (Pretty simple, right?!) Preheat your oven to 200 degrees and cut the chicken into very thing strips, cutting with the grain and removing all fat. Very lightly sprinkle sea salt onto the strips, not too much, just enough that your dog thinks they are getting human food. Now, lay the strips on a baking sheet or rack and bake about 2 hours at 200 degrees or until the meat is dry, but still soft (like jerky). If you’re not sure that it’s totally done yet, you can leave it in for another 20 minutes or so, checking it often. You basically want to make sure that they chicken is done all the way through.

When it’s finished, let it cool and then store it in an air tight container in the fridge. You can also use a dehydrator for this if you have one, but the oven version does make the chicken a little softer for your dog to chew. And hey, why not try some for yourself while you’re at it? Although, your dog may get a bit jealous.

This year, when you’re thinking about Halloween fun and ways to include your dog, how about having a Halloween-themed party just for him and your friends with dogs? Parties for dogs are lots of fun. They give your dog a chance to have a play date with his friends and you can have a good time with your friends. And it’s lots of fun to decorate with the doggy Halloween theme.

If you would like to have a Halloween party for your dog and his friends, here are some ideas you can use.

Send invitations in advance. You can use invitations for human Halloween parties but make sure it’s clear that the party is for dogs. Or, you can look online for doggy invitations. Or you can even make your own invitations. Some people are very creative and tuck paper invitations inside a Pupperoni stick, for example, to hand deliver them.

Keep guest numbers manageable. You won’t want to invite more dogs and guests than you can manage in your home and yard. Dogs can be very rambunctious when they get together in a group so keep the numbers low. If it rains, you will need to have all the dogs inside your house at the same time, too.

Plan for a daytime party. Daytime parties are usually easier to plan and they allow the dogs to play in your backyard. This also allows your guests to attend human Halloween parties in the evening.

Decorate with a Halloween theme. You can use many of the usual Halloween decorations – with a twist. Use rawhide bones in a fake cemetery in your backyard. Carve dogs and dog faces on pumpkins. Use hollowed out pumpkins for water bowls in the yard. (Be sure to supply multiple water bowls so dogs have lots of places to drink.)

Halloween treats. You can find lots of Halloween-themed treats for dogs online or you can bake your own Halloween-themed cupcakes and cakes for dogs. There are plenty of good dog treat and snack recipes online. Decorate in Halloween colors of black and orange. Be sure to use some black cats for fun.

Party favors. Give out fun party favors to your doggy guests such as doggy treats and snacks and toys from the dollar store.

Party activities. Fun activities for a doggy Halloween party can include bobbing for frozen hot dogs and for apples, a photo booth so owners and their dogs can get their pictures made (or a photographer snapping pics), and a costume parade,  But mostly at these events, the dogs have a great time playing together.

Keep things under control. Keep dogs leashed unless they already know each other and play together well. Be sure to provide treats and snacks in different sizes to accommodate dogs of different sizes. Don’t let the dogs raid the treat bowls or they will likely wolf all the treats down at one time. Keep an eye on all food items.

Doggy Halloween parties are loads of fun for people and for dogs. Really, parties for dogs in conjunction with just about any holiday can be fun. It just takes a little creativity and planning. The humans have just as much fun as the dogs. So, find a costume for your dog, get some treats and snacks, and send out some invitations to your doggy friends. You and your dog will have a scary good time!

No matter how much you love your dog, flowers and candy on Valentine’s Day just aren’t appropriate for him! However, you can still show your dog some affection and let him know that you want him to be your Valentine with some healthy Valentine treats. Here are some fun Valentine treat options for you to offer your dog so he won’t feel left on when you’re having some bon bons with your sweetheart.

 

Remember that chocolate is a big No-No for dogs! Even if your dog begs for your Valentine candy, don’t let him have any. And take care to keep your candy and other chocolate out of reach so your dog won’t be tempted to help himself.

 

Homemade Hearts

 

Why not give your dog your heart for Valentine’s Day? Not your actual heart but these delicious homemade hearts. They’re not only healthy for your dog, they’re also easy to make. They’re made with natural ingredients that you can find in your grocery store and they take just a short time to whip together. Your dog will love them!

 

Makes 10 mini cakes

                             Ingredients

For the cake:

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/3 cup butter (or ¼ cup vegetable oil)

¼ cup all natural peanut butter

1 cup shredded carrots

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 ½ tablespoons all natural honey

½ cup lowfat buttermilk

 

For the frosting:

8 ounces of lowfat cream cheese

1 ½ tablespoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

                             Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a mini heart cake pan with nonstick cooking spray and set it aside.
  2. Mix the flour and baking soda. Add the peanut butter, vanilla, honey, and oil/butter and stir. Add the buttermilk, ¼ cup at a time. Stir in carrots.
  3. Spoon the mixture into the mini heart openings, filling each one three-quarters full. Bake for at least 25 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Let cool completely.
  4. While the cakes cook, prepare the frosting by beating the cream cheese, vanilla, and cinnamon together. Once the cakes have cooled, frost. Drizzle melted peanut butter on top or top with additional shredded carrots.

 

Carob Hearts

 

Chocolate may be bad for your dog but carob tastes very similar and it’s perfectly fine to give your dog cookies and other treats made with carob. Dogs love them! Try these Carob Heart cookies for your doggy Valentine. These cookies are made with all natural ingredients and if you want to nibble on them yourself, they’re yummy.

 

Ingredients

1 ½ Cups Wheat Flour
½ Cup Rolled Oats
¼ Cup Carob Powder
½ Teaspoon Baking Powder
1 Egg
½ Cup Water
1 Tablespoon Honey

 

Directions

  1. In a small bowl combine the wheat flour, rolled oats, carob, and baking powder. Set aside. In a separate bowl beat together the egg, water, and honey. Add the dry ingredients and mix until well blended and it forms a stiff dough.
  2. Place on floured surface and roll to desired thickness. Cut into heart shapes. (You can buy heart-shaped cookie cutters online or in kitchen supply stores.) Bake at 300 degrees. If rolled to 3/8? thickness, baking time is 30 minutes to 35 minutes.
  3. Melt carob chips in the microwave or double boiler and drizzle over the treats for more carob taste.

 

Try these healthy Valentine’s Day treats for your dog instead of treats and snacks made with preservatives and other ingredients that you can’t identify. Your dog will really be able to tell how much you love him.

Dogs love treats and chances are that your dog will be happy to eat any treats you give him, whether they are homemade or bought in a store.  However, some treats can be better than others from a nutritional viewpoint.

 

Homemade treats

Homemade treats have lots of advantages for your dog.  You can use any ingredients you and your dog like.  If he has some preferences like, for example, blueberries, you can make him blueberry treats or doggy muffins with blueberries.  If he is crazy about tuna, there are lots of great treat recipes for tuna cookies and tuna treats for dogs.  You can give him exactly what he likes best.

 

With homemade treats you control the quality of the ingredients, too.  You can use the same ingredients that you  would use for your own family.  You know the ingredients are healthy and safe for your dog.  You can also use organic ingredients if you prefer or buy from local farmers.

 

You can also produce just as many or as few of the treats as you want to make.  You can quadruple a recipe and make lots of treats so you can freeze them.  Or you can make a small batch to see how your dog likes them.  In most cases when you make treats yourself you will end up saving money because you can buy ingredients in bulk or when they are on sale.

 

If your dog has allergies, you can make sure that you only use ingredients that are safe for your dog to eat and avoid using any items that might trigger a reaction in your dog.

 

And, homemade treats are usually delicious.  Dogs will love them.  You can give him treats right out of the oven.  Nothing says, “I love you” quite like baking for your dog.

 

Store bought treats

There are some great store bought treats, too.  Of course, some commercial treats have questionable ingredients and you will probably want to avoid them, just as there are some lower quality dog foods.  You should avoid treats that use animal digest or bi-products, for example.  But there are some very good treats made by reputable companies that use human grade ingredients, organic ingredients, and which have good reputations.  These would certainly be good treats to give your dog.

 

Three Dog Bakery makes good treats using natural ingredients for dogs with many creative flavors.  Old Mother Hubbard is a company that’s been around for a long time and which is known for making healthy treats using human grade ingredients for dogs, and there are others.  If you feed your dog a good quality dog food, the company that makes the food probably makes dog treats, too, so check the store to see if they carry them.

 

Conclusion

If you have the time to make homemade dog treats for your dog, your dog will love them.  They are always wonderful.  But if you don’t have time or if you hate to bake, don’t feel bad.  There are still some very good store bought dog treats that your dog will love.

Making Use Of Dog Health Care Merchandise

You definitely will require the most current information available to maintain the health of Your dog. Because, look strong and healthy pet is a very desired by the dog owners. To the dog owners who have a certain dog, no dog health care products on the market today are available for dog health care problems

About health issues, there is a dog breed that tends to have health problems than any other breed of dogs that exist worldwide. Of course, this happens due to aging in dogs, dogs that getting older will inevitably have certain health problems. To help alleviate health problems for dogs, there is significance to recognize these problems and dog health products treatments available on the market.

Care

The nearly all consequential objects that a pet owner can do is to take the dog for routine check ups with the veterinary. In this way, the pet is always kept up to date on its shots, and the animal doctor can aid to warrant that there is not any health issue that needed to be communicated. In addition, the vet can recommend different dog health care products that can help with the surroundings that the specific dog has.

In attendance are definite dogs that have sensitive skin and will scratch at themselves pending, they get an ill considered or discharge if the condition is not taken care of. There are particular dog health care products that can assistance with this variety of the situation.

To soothing the dry skin of the dog, use a mild dog shampoo available, this will greatly help the dogs skin becomes cool. In addition, there are dog conditioners who can be invested in dog health care products that are pose on the dog’s coat after it is a towel dried so that the skin is also moisturized rather than dried out.

For the health of dogs’ teeth, present are dog health care products available to help. There are lots of different quid toys that are designed to grasp up beneath the vigorous munching the dogs can do, especially in the case of larger dogs that love to chew, until the toy does not fall isolated and cause a strangling or digestive hazard to the dog.

These dog health merchandises are planned to feel well-behaved to the dogs’ mandibles, teeth and gums in computation to clean up the potassium bitartrate from the teeth while they are mastication. There are including dog tooth brooms and gums that can be used to wash the dog’s teeth, since they should be cleaned at least three times per week.

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Many pet owners grab a bag of treats off the grocery store shelf without considering the nutritional values. Gourmet dog treats are significantly dissimilar to the store bought treats in respect to quality and organic ingredients.

The amount of by-products, sodium and sugars used should be given careful thought before purchasing any type food or treats for your dog.

Painstaking attention is devoted to the specialty dog treats beginning with selection of ingredients to the final results. Recipes have been tested and tried for several months before the product is ready to market.

Omega 6, a derivative of Canola oil an ingredient used in specialty treats, has been found to be essential supplement for your dogs immune system, and in addition, relieves inflammatory disorders such as arthritis. The alternative used for chocolate is carob, a substance that resembles chocolate but not at all hazardous to your fur kid.

Your dog may experience adverse reactions to ingredients found in the commercial products. If your pet suffers allergies, you may reflect on the wheat and gluten ingredients expended in commercial treats. One of the extreme differences in purchasing specialty treats as an alternative to the commercial brands, is the vast choice. In regards to the gourmet selection you have the option of ordering treats that do not contain wheat or gluten.

Seeing that dog treats come in distinct sizes, it is wise to buy treats that fit your dogs mouth size to prevent a potential choking hazard. The gourmet bakeries offer many exclusive taste, designs and sizes in contrast to the most popular store bought brands.

If ordering dog treats from one of the many online bakeries, it is always wise to mention any medical problems or allergies your dog may have. For your shopping needs you may also want to check a variety of sites for price differences and the cost of shipping.

In essence, for the good health of your dog it is your responsibility to tailor his nutritional needs.

We humans are far from the only ones who can enjoy interesting treats outside the monotonous diet regime we usually have. Gourmet treats are available for dogs in many varieties just as they are for humans, and if you own a dog and want to treat it to something different and extraordinary, have a look at our list of ideas for interesting gourmet dog treats below.

A meal doesn’t have to be prepared in a fancy way and with all sorts of extras to be put away and not eaten – dogs don’t appreciate the aesthetic value of food as much as us, but they definitely do appreciate a good-tasting meal. This means that you can usually find some very attractive gourmet dog treat offers at reasonable prices and you can keep your buddy well-fed with continuously varied meals without having to shell out a large pile of cash.

Finding the right treats can be tricky though – just like us, dogs have all sorts of different tastes and preferences, and satisfying your own is a matter of knowing what it wants exactly. Most professional gourmet dog treat manufacturers realize this and offer small-sized packages for most of their products, so that you can run them through your dog and see which ones it prefers.

Baking goods are among the most appreciated treats among dogs – there are even some companies that specialize in baking for dogs entirely. If you don’t have a place like this around you, you should be able to order some products of this kind on the Internet. Make sure you order them from a nearby location though, as baking goods tend to spoil quite quickly and if you’re ordering them ready-made you’ll want them to arrive as quickly as possible.

Allergies are the main concern for most people shopping for gourmet dog treats. If you’re not sure what kinds of foods your dog’s organism can cope with yet, it’s best to stay on the safe side and minimize the amount of additives and chemicals used in the gourmet dog treats you’re buying.

It’s very likely that your dog will be able to handle most foods without a problem, but until you’re absolutely sure what it can digest without triggering an allergic reaction, take things slowly step by step and always consult your veterinarian if you suspect something may be wrong. Although a reaction is highly unlikely it is something to watch out for.