It’s not just us humans that can enjoy a nice cold treat on a hot summer day – our pups would LOVE a frozen treat to help them cool off as well! This dog treat recipe is one of my favorites, mostly because it is so. dang. easy! And it’s also super healthy for your pup as well, making it a big win-win situation all around.
There are just 3 ingredients: Peanut Butter, Coconut Oil and Cinnamon. Before I go into the recipes’ instructions, I’d like to explain why these 3 ingredients were chosen.
Coconut Oil: This super trendy ingredient is great for so many aspects of your furry friend. It helps to aid in digestion, promotes a healthy and shiny coat, increases energy while decreasing arthritis symptoms, and can also assist in weight-control. You do want to limit the amount of coconut oil you give your dog, though. The rule of thumb is about 1 teaspoon for every 10 lbs your dog weighs.
Peanut Butter: Before giving your dog peanut butter please check the ingredients. Some brands are using a low-calorie sweetener called xylitol, and it is deadly for dogs. As long as the peanut butter you choose is free from that sweetener, and is also unsalted and preferably all-natural, it is a fantastic treat! Peanut butter contains a lot of protein in addition to healthy fats, vitamin B, vitamin E and more!
Cinnamon: Small amounts of cinnamon each day can be very beneficial to Fido. Cinnamon helps to regulate blood sugar levels, and it also known to help prevent fungus and yeast infections!
(Here are my cute little doggie-treat testers! I know the husky looks concerned, but don’t let that fool you, she gobbled up her treat with lots of enthusiasm 2 seconds later 😉 Ha! )
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1/4 cup coconut oil (this is about right for a 10 lb. dog, so you can increase this a bit if your dog is larger)
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- Add all of the ingredients to a saucepan and melt on medium-low heat until everything is in liquid form and mixed together thoroughly.
- Carefully pour the mixture into a silicon mold (or ice cube tray) and place in the freezer.
- After they have frozen, remove them from the tray and place them in an air-tight container that is stored in the freezer (these treats need to stay frozen, as they will melt very quickly).
Christmas is coming up soon and I bet a lot of you have children who are asking for pets for Christmas. We are pet owners. We have a cute little black dog that we name Dame (Dah-may) which means bad in Japanese. He hasn’t really lived up to his name thank God.
One important thing to think about before getting an animal is the cost to care for that animal. The ASPCA breaks it down perfectly HERE for annual costs. Although getting a puppy or a kitty may be the one thing your family wants, you still need to do what’s best for your family monetarily. If you can’t afford the care, it may be time for skip it for now. Large dogs alone can cost almost $2,000 a year to take care of!
Some things to think about before getting a pet
1. Can we afford its care. Yes, they are cute and cuddly, but will you have to skip a meal to feed them?
2. Can we afford the vet bill. This is especially important to think about a serious medical bill. Something bad could happen and you’d be stuck with a large bill. Emergency care can range from $250 to $5,000.
3. Is your home up for it? It’s inevitable that most animals will somehow damage part of your home. Are you ready for the financial commitment to fix it. If you are in a rental, you could lose pet deposits and get a bad referral.
Are you ready for a pet? Count the cost.
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Do you have furbabies? According to the ASPCA, the annual cost for a small dog is almost $600! Yes, the annual cost for a baby is much more (around $12,000), but we all like to save money any way we can right? Here are some tips for your animal lovers out there.
1. Don’t buy from a breeder, get your animal from the shelter.
Some specific breeds of animals can cost thousands of dollars. You can skip the designer pets and save your money by rescuing an animal. Want a puppy? A lot of shelters even have them. A lot of shelters are even able to tell the breed of animal just in case you are looking for something specific. There is usually a small adoption fee that is around $50. Sounds a lot better than a thousand right?
2. Spay or neuter for free or really cheap.
In our town, there was a local organization that would do it for free as long as you signed up well ahead of time. They took donations and we were more than happy to make one. They saved us hundreds of dollars.
3. Use coupons.
There are always good printable coupons out there for animal food and treats. Why not save a few bucks when you are purchasing their goodies?
4. Order your pet’s medicine online or at least compare the cost.
Do you have an animal that’s on regular medicine? There are several places online that have pet medicine and definitely worth comparing to your vet’s prices. Even flea medicine can be order on Amazon.com!
5. Skip the expensive toys.
Your dog, cat, fish etc…doesn’t really care about the toy you give them. Your dog may be happy with an old knotted t-shirt or a child’s toy from a second hand store. Just make sure it’s safe for them. Your vet would be more than happy to let you know.
6. Shop around for vets and groomers.
There probably isn’t just one vet in your town or groomer. Keep it simple and call around asking for prices. It can easily gave you a little money.
What are your tips for saving money on pet expenses? Share in the comments!