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).
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To get a pet or not get a pet? That is the question many parents want answered. There are surprises, cost, and responsibility. It’s a big decision for you and the pet. Here are a few things to consider when choosing a pet.
If you don’t know if you or a family member are allergic to a certain type of pet, it’s good to find out before you get one. No one wants to get a pet only to discover they need to find a new home for it. It could be cat saliva or dog hair. It could even be bird feathers. If you don’t check for allergies before getting a pet you will end up attached to a furry friend you need to find a home for. Add the fact other family members may be attached to the pet, you have a sad complicated situation.
Energy and Responsibility
A child may be able to handle feeding a lizard or snake once a week, but not walking a dog every day. If you plan on getting a dog and expect your child to walk it, consider the size of of the animal. Will you have a dog your child can walk, or a dog that will walk (or drag) your child? How much time can you or your child invest in play and training of a pet? There are many types of pets that require different levels of commitment. Choose the pet right for your family’s level.
Vet bills. Food costs. Pet deposits. Registration fees. All of these fall under the cost of a pet. People who could not afford to feed a Saint Bernard may be able to feed a a Toy Poodle. An apartment complex may require a pet fee for a cat or dog, but may not require one for a turtle or birds. Pure bred animals can often require more vet care than mixed breeds. Then there is the life span of an animal. A fish or bird may last only a few years, but a cat or dog could last twenty. Consider if you can pay for the proper level of care for that length of time.
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