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Peanut Butter Puppy Poppers

Posted on June 18, 2012 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Yummy for Dogs of all Ages! 

2 Cups (whole wheat or rice)

1 TBSP baking powder

1 Cup peanut butter (chunky or smooth)

1 Cup milk

Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In bowl, combine flour and baking powder. In another bowl, mix peanut butter and milk, then add to dry ingredients and mix well. Place dough on a lightly floured surface and knead. Roll dough to ¼ inch thickness and use a cookie cutter (bone-shaped) to cut out shapes.

Bake for 20 minutes on a greased baking sheet until lightly brown. Cool on a rack, then store in an airtight container. Be careful not to overcook because the cookies burn easily.

Note: Some dogs may be allergic to wheat or peanut butter.

Photo: Courtesy of  Nancy’s Recipes.


Easy Homemade Chicken Bone Broth

Posted on February 18, 2012 at 8:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Here is an inexpensive way to add flavor and supplement nutrition to your pet’s kibbles and feed your family. I use this for my dogs and cats. Very easy to make and store. Broth can be frozen for future use. Bone broth is high in minerals, collagen and other micronutrients, all easily absorbed by the body. Raw or cooked bones can be used for broth. DO NOT GIVE PETS THE BONES

Needed items: whole chicken, crock pot, spices, non-stick spray and containers if you want to freeze broth.  

Optional: Vegetables, shiitake mushroom, kelp, nettles, garlic, sage, rosemary, thyme, oregano, basil, fennel seed and raw apple cider vinegar. 

Time: 7 hours 

Note: Garlic is safe to give dogs in moderation. (dogs can safely consume 1/8 teaspoon of garlic powder per pound of food 3 to 4 times a week. Dogs: 10to 15 pounds - half a clove, 20 to 40 pounds - 1 clove, 45 to 70 pounds - 2 cloves, 75 to 90 pounds - 2 and a half cloves, 100 pounds and over - 3 cloves)

Directions: Rinse whole chicken, remove innards, and place in sprayedcrock pot. Sprinkle with spices (keep in mind spices that pets tolerate). You don’t need any liquid in the pot. Set crock pot on low, cover and cook for 7 hours.

Remove all the meat from the bones. Completely cover bones with water in crock pot and cover. I put the skin back in as well, since I don’t eat skin. Raw apple cider vinegar (2-4TBSP) spices and shiitake mushrooms may be added. (strain mushrooms from broth) Includejoint bones with cartilage. (raw bones may be used or you can collect bones from your meals and freeze, rinse off any sauce) Turkey wings and legs are a good choice and can usually be requested at health foodstore meat counters at a good price.

There is not a set time to cook, but I recommend simmering bones for 24 hours. Strain mushrooms and bones from broth. Once broth is chilled in refrigerator skim the excess fat off the top. Makes about 50 oz. of broth from one chicken. It should have a jelly-like consistency when cold. Can be stored in refrigerator for 4 days. You can use any container to freeze, sush as large yogurt containers.

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