Real Treats For Real Dogs
The desire for longevity
One of the reasons we started cooking food for our dog is the desire for longevity. Our sweet Lucy - and every dog - really deserves to live a good life for as long as possible. Adding vegetables, healthy meats and human grade ingredients to their diet can help them live a longer, healthy life. :)
On that same note, check out these flea prevention dog treats. Not only are they super cute and tasty for dogs, they have numerous health benefits and they are grain free. No more nasty chemicals needed to keep the fleas at bay. Finally, a flea prevention and a treat we can feel great about giving to our dog! We feel peace of mind in knowing there are just two ingredients in these wholesome treats and both ingredients (which are also included in our homemade human-grade pet food) have potential health benefits for both dogs and for people. If you sneak a couple of these treats yourself, we won't blame you! ;)
Why We Make Our Own Treats...
Here are some of the reasons we are making these treats and sharing them with our own dog:
Brewer's Yeast contains sulfur compounds that make dogs less palatable to fleas. It’s recommended to give ½ teaspoon Brewer’s Yeast daily per 10 pounds of body weight. Brewer's Yeast is full of healthy vitamins such as B vitamins like biotin, trace minerals such as zinc, proteins and amino acids. The amino acids and vitamins can help make a dog’s skin healthier and its coat shinier. Brewer's Yeast is often recommended by holistic vets to help strengthen dogs’ immune systems. Included in Brewer's Yeast: Chromium, Selenium, Potassium, Magnesium, Protein, Zinc and Iron.
Many diseases and ailments, like yeast infections, smelly coats, hot spots, cuts that have been infected, and even cracked paws, can all be cured with just a jar of Coconut Oil.
When used topically, Coconut Oil can provide remedies for many skin infections and disinfect cuts and improve your dog’s general skin and coat condition, making it healthier. Wounds also heal faster with Coconut Oil, and it helps to deodorize your dog’s skin and clear up some rashes as well.
In addition to the benefits of using Coconut oil topically, including preventing flea infestations, there are many other benefits of Coconut Oil for dogs when used internally. Lauric acid, a medium chain fatty acid, can help prevent bacterial and viral infections. Coconut Oil can potentially reduce cancer risks and can improve the digestion of your dog and help with many digestive upsets. The thyroid function can be regulated with Coconut Oil. It can give your dog a smooth glossy coat, as well as healthy, supple skin. Yeast and fungal infections are also treated and prevented through the use of Coconut Oil. Arthritis and similar pains can also be minimized or treated. Coconut Oil can also balance your dog’s metabolism rate to keep his weight under control. Parasitic infections including giardia can be prevented with the MCFAs (medium chained fatty acids) in Coconut Oil. The recommended dosage of Coconut Oil is 1 tsp/day of Coconut Oil per 10 lbs of body weight.
If you are not sure if your pet can tolerate taking Coconut Oil or Brewer's Yeast internally, you may wish to try adding just a small amount of one ingredient at a time to their diet and increasing the amount given over several days, observing whether or not there are any adverse effects. As always, seek the advice of a veterinarian when making decisions about your pets' health. According to one internet site, while Coconut Oil is generally safe for dogs, some canines may have an allergic reaction to the supplement. Additionally, giving a dog too much Coconut Oil in the diet could result in diarrhea. Some vets warn against giving Coconut Oil to dogs prone to pancreatitis, as it can be a risk due to its high fat content. We encourage you to do your research and make an informed choice.