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poiling your pet with an occasional treat is a common practice among most pet owners. Yet some owners may be surprised to learn that not all commerciallymanufactured treats are safe for pets to consume. The Federal Drug Administration recently reported that more than 3,600 dogs and 10 cats became sick after eating jerky treats over the past six years and that 580 of those pets died. All of these animals consumed jerky treats linked to manufacturers in China. The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act requires that all animal foods, like human goods, be safe to eat. They must be produced under sanitary conditions, contain no harmful substances and be truthfully labeled. It does not require pet food products to have a

pre-market approval by the FDA. This can make it challenging and frustrating for health conscious pet owners when shopping for a safe, reliable, and nutritious brand of pet treats. Making your own homemade pet treats is a smart way to ensure your pet consumes safe treats made from high-quality ingredients. The following treat recipes require a handful of basic ingredients and are quick and easy to make. If your pet has any known allergies or health issues, be sure to share the list of ingredients with your veterinarian to ensure your pet can consume them safely. Unbleached all-purpose flour is safe for dogs; however, whole wheat flour provides more health benefits and is highly recommended.

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Biscuits INGREDIENTS 1 cup pumpkin puree 2 eggs ½ cup oats 3 cups whole wheat flour 3 tbsp all-natural peanut butter ½ tsp cinnamon, optional

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1. Mix whole wheat flour oats and cinnamon together.

2. In a separate bowl, mix pumpkin puree, eggs and peanut butter until well combined.

3. Add the pumpkin mixture to the dry ingredients. Mix on low until well combined.

4. Pour mixture onto a floured surface and knead dough into disk. The dough will be sticky so keep your rolling pin and surface dusted with flour. TEXAPPEALMAG.COM


TexAppeal February 2014  

TexAppeal February 2014 Edition

TexAppeal February 2014  

TexAppeal February 2014 Edition