Gourmet Dog Treats

I’m sure most of you will agree with me when I say that our dogs are not simply regarded as house pets – they are a valuable part of our families. I mean, if by definition, a family is those who love you unconditionally, then certainly your dog qualifies, no question.

If you want to know the best way to show your dog appreciation by giving him treats, read on to discover just what gourmet dog treats should be comprised of.

OK, you might be thinking, gourmet sounds expensive – how much will this set me back? We know if there is any animal that is worth spending a little extra on, it is your faithful dog. The good news is that it is not actually as pricey as you might think it will be. Beautiful and delicious homemade dog treats can match any fancy gourmet food baskets. All it takes is a little effort to ensure that your special dog is the luckiest canine in the world.

These yummy goodies are sure to make an impact on just about any animal. You must be very careful though with the ingredients that go into these treats. There are several ingredients that are toxic to the canine’s system.

Some examples of these ingredients are chocolates, caffeine, macadamia nuts, grapes, raisins, onions, and most parts of the tomato plant.

Although garlic and liver are great for dogs in small quantities, too much of a good thing can be a bad thing – overindulgence in garlic and even liver can be toxic to dogs.

The great thing with creating homemade dog treats is that you can pretty much control the minerals and nutrients that go into your pet’s diet. Include refreshing fruits (without the seeds) and healthy vegetables in the treats. It doesn’t have to be boring or taste yucky. Excite his taste buds by rolling some whole wheat biscuits in peanut butter; or sprinkle parmesan cheese on some toasted veggie toasts.

Now, I completely understand that it’s not easy to refrain from spoiling your pet with these delicious treats, but refrain you must. It is critical that you maintain the animal’s weight as obesity is the culprit in many otherwise avoidable canine diseases. You must monitor his calorie count. Snacks should not exceed 10% of his total diet.

Look for great dog treat recipes online – there are countless of them you can get for free. Take the extra effort to choose which are the healthier ones though, your dog will benefit from this. Make these treats a little more special by using unique cookie molds shaped like dog silhouettes, paw prints and bones. Who knows – you might have just stumbled into a lucrative business when other excited pet owners take a look at these fabulous gourmet dog treats!

Your dog loves you whatever happens. I think that is reason enough to get excited over making these treats you know he’ll love. Find a great recipe and head on down the kitchen right now!

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