Dogs and cats can eat almost everything people can. Almost. Below are people foods your pets should avoid due to toxicity. Keep your dog and cat healthy— and safe—by restricting these foods from their diet.
Alcohol* Avocado Chocolate, coffee, caffeine Grapes, raisins Macadamia nuts Milk Onions, garlic, chives Raw/undercooked meat, eggs, bones
BARK FOR BUTTERY BISCUITS
Turns out dogs are just as nuts about peanut butter as humans! Blogger Hatsie Haley of Two Recipes made these poochapproved peanut butter biscuits. They travel well and are great to give as gifts to pet lovers.
Homemade Peanut Buttery Dog Biscuits MAKES ABOUT 5 DOZEN 41/2 cups whole-wheat flour
tablespoons brown sugar
1/3 cup canola oil
cup creamy peanut butter chicken stock
Yeast dough If your pet is showing signs from ingesting any of the above— vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, difficulty breathing, lethargy—call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center, at (888) 426-4435, immediately. *Intoxicating a pet is animal abuse, and it’s illegal.
Harvest Market Deli & Produce opened in January and is a great spot for lunch and farm-fresh produce. This
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Cafés, the drive-thru at the bank, everyone has doggie biscuits on hand for man’s best friend. It’s just not fair. Cat-lover Erin Vasicek, who blogs at The Spiffy Cookie, adapted this recipe from Natural Pet Essentials so your favorite feline won’t be forgotten. These treats are like Cheez-Its for cats and smell delicious baking in the oven.
family-operated eatery keeps their menu deliciously seasonal, serving such summer delights as shrimp tacos with fresh mango-avocado salsa in addition to all the staples like their Philly cheese steak made with fresh ribeye. “People say our hummus is the best in town,” adds owner Eddie La Puma. Try the popular Summer Salad, featuring their famous chicken salad, walnuts, berries, red onion, feta cheese and homemade tangerine poppy seed dressing. Lunch served Tuesday-Saturday11am-4pm; produce area open 9am-4pm.
Cheesy Cat Treats
3751 SE 36th Ave, Ocala (352) 624-2636
Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and set aside. In a mixer, combine flour, brown sugar and salt; mix. Add eggs and peanut butter, then mix. Add canola oil, slowly. Slowly add chicken stock until dough comes together. If it still looks dry, add more chicken stock, 1 tablespoon at a time. Turn dough out, and wrap it in plastic wrap. Let rest for at least 30 minutes. Roll dough out to 1/2 inch thick, and cut into desired shape or squares decorated with fork tines. Roll extra dough out, and repeat. Place formed biscuits onto prepared baking sheet, and bake for 20 to 30 minutes until very hard. Let biscuits cool completely; then store in an air-tight container. FOR MORE RECIPES, GO TO TWORECIPESBLOG.COM.
Salt Xylitol (found in candy and baked goods)
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CHOCOLATE AND OTHER DOGGIE (AND KITTY!) DON’TS
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MAKES ABOUT 10 DOZEN 3/4 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
1/4 cup cornmeal 5
3/4 cup whole-wheat flour
tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated
1/4 cup sour cream or plain yogurt
A few tablespoons water
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper; set aside. While your oven is preheating, combine all the ingredients into dough. Add water 1 tablespoon at a time until the dough sticks together. Knead the dough into a ball, and then roll it out to 1/4 inch. Cut into 1/2-inch pieces, and bake for 25 minutes on prepared cookie sheet. VISIT THESPIFFYCOOKIE.COM FOR MORE TREATS.
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