Homemade Dog Treats: Frozen + Flea Repellant + Versatile

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Contributed by Bones and Blogs

This is probably one of my favorite homemade dog treat recipes, for a few reasons. Mainly because most of the ingredients are common household items, and it repels fleas! Perfect for summer.

Ingredients and their benefits: 

  • Peanut Butter (Protein)
  • 2-3 Bananas (Potassium, vitamin B6, vitamin C)
  • Dried Oats (fiber and protein)
  • Coconut Oil (improves skin, digestion, and energy)
  • Brewer’s Yeast (repels fleas, antioxidants)
  • Treat mold 

 

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Steps

Step 1. Add about 3 cups of peanut butter to a large mixing bowl

Step 2. Add your sliced bananas

Step 3. Add 1 cup of dried oats

Step 4. Add 1 tablespoon of Brewer’s Yeast

Step 5: Add coconut oil (add 1 teaspoon per 10lbs of your dog)

Step 6: Mix well

Step 7: Once you have your mixture – it’s time to fill your molds! If you do not have molds, you can also use ice trays or parchment paper.

Step 8: Freeze for 45 minutes – 1 hr.

Step 9: It’s time for your pup to enjoy this cool, healthy, flea repelling creamy treat!

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Save this recipe for year round delicious-ness and just change up the ingredients! During the fall I like to substitute the banana and instead add pumpkin or sweet potato. In the spring I’ll go another direction and add in some frozen blueberries or strawberries. There is no limit to the amount of possibilities and outcomes you can make with just these basic steps and ingredients! This is an awesome recipe to have handy all year around.

Tips Before your Dog Beach Trip

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Contributed by Amberly from Bones and Blogs

Warm weather is upon and that means lots of outdoor activities. With the temperature rising it only makes sense to look for activities to keep you and your dog cool. Being a local to Jacksonville, FL – one of our favorite past times is attending summer beach trips. So I thought I would share a few things I keep in mind when taking my dogs to the beach!

1. Always check for dog friendly beaches. Every beach has their own set of rules when it comes to pets. Some do not allow pets at all, some do not allow pets between certain hours, and some are specifically there for your pet! It’s good to check out some reviews before planning your beach day.

2. Find a spot near the shade. With all that fur your pet can easily get over heated. So when arriving at the beach be sure to find a spot under a big tree or umbrella. While yes, the cool ocean waves will help to cool down their internal temp – it’s good for them to have a place to escape the sun. And keep in mind how hot that sand can be on their paws!

3. Water, water, and more water! Keep your pet hydrated. I would recommend making sure your pet has access to fresh drinking water 100% of the time while at the beach. Keep the water covered under your cool shaded spot so your pet can hydrate at their convenience. I usually do this by packing a gallon of fresh water and portable drinking bowls.

4. Keep your pet entertained. Pack a Frisbee, a big chew bone, or their favorite squeaky toy! I’ve come to find that when my dogs have their favorite items around they are much less likely to get into trouble by wandering over to the sand dunes, private property, or to other beach goers. With that being said – pack a leash!

5. Since you will be in a public space – be sure that your pet is current on all their vaccinations.

6. Stay close to your dog at all times. Unfortunately when going to the beach there is more to fear than the obvious, sharks. Also keep an eye out for stingrays and jelly fish… We have encountered many a jelly fish simply washed up onto shore.

7. Dog sunscreen. This is a product I wasn’t even aware of until my experience as a dog mom called for it. Naturally my Labrador retriever loves the water and the outdoors. I began to notice that the skin right above his nose, where the fur is very thin, would become bright pink after these outings. Then one day it hit me, a doggy sunburn! I felt awful that I hadn’t noticed or even considered this notion before. Ever since then I have been prepared – my favorite go to brand for dog sunscreen is Burt’s Bees. If I cannot find sunscreen specific for my dogs – I will go for the baby safe brands.

8. In the event your dog does return with a sunburn, here are a few remedies that may help. CBD dog oil, which has been known to decrease pain and ease skin irritations. Luke-arm oatmeal bath, this will help soothe the skin. 100% all natural aloe. 

9. If you have a smaller pup, your pet isn’t a strong swimmer, or your pet is timid of water – it wouldn’t hurt to put them in a doggy swim vest. This will increase visibility, and better ensure the safety of your pet. With this being said, do not force your pet into the water. If anything maybe try taking the lead and see if your pet follows.

10. Time management. While we all love the relaxation a beach day can bring, I cannot deny that it’s often equally as draining. The sun takes a lot out of you, as does the loading and unloading of all your beach necessities! Keep this in mind when you have your pet at the beach with you and do not let your trip exceed more than a few hours. Take note of how your dog is acting. Some signs of heat stroke include: rapid panting, bright red tongue, thick saliva, weakness, vomiting, and diarrhea.

I hope these tips were helpful! Wishing you high tides, good vibes, and wagging tails!

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Perfect for Summer Pupsicles: Apple + Chicken Pup Pops

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Contributed by Amberly Lewis from Bones and Blogs

What you will need

1.     Dixie style small paper cups

2.     Measuring cup

3.     ½ cup of homemade unsalted chicken broth (see steps for homemade broth below)

4.     ½ cup of water

5.     1 Gala apple

6.     Rawhide sticks (firm, like a pretzel or popsicle stick)

Directions

1.     Combine your chicken broth, and water into your measuring cup

2.     Wash and slice apples into bite size pieces – this is open to interpretation depending on the size of your dog. For mine, I cut them long ways/hotdog style and thin.

3.     Drop a few of the apple slices into your paper cups.

4.     Then fill up your apple cups about halfway using our water and chicken broth concoction.

5.     Stick your firm rawhide sticks into the center of the cup

6.     Freeze for about 3 hours

Homemade Chicken Broth

1.     Place your leftover chicken carcass in a large pot and cover with water.

2.     Let simmer for 90 minutes

3.     Strain broth and discard all the remaining bones and meat

4.     Let cool

This pupsicle recipe spoke to me for a number of reasons. My dogs love anything chicken, apples, or peanut butter! So a summer treat with 2/3 of their favorite ingredients could not have been more perfect.

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Additionally, it only takes 6 items and 6 steps to complete these delicious and healthy pup-pops! These pupsicles would be perfect to serve to pups in attendance at a summer barbeque, post-puppy beach day, or a doggy birthday party! We often give these to our pups after a particularly heated day at the dog park or as a post-hike snack. It gives them a chance to cool down, and clam down after the excitement of the day.

This frozen treat will help keep your pup cool in the summer days to come, provide lasting entertainment, as well as provide them with nutrients and all their favorite flavors! I was sure this would be a summer treat my dogs would love. I hope your pups love it too!

DIY Dog Bed

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Contributed by Amberly Lewis from Bones and Blogs

I should preface this by saying that I have purchased many a dog bed for my pups! Plushy, elevated, waterproof – you name it, they’ve chewed it! I was starting to think they just disliked comfort. When one fateful Saturday last summer I got a little creative and a little inspired by the miscellaneous items I had just lying around my home…

The best part is there are only 4 items needed to successfully make this dog bed!

-        An old tire

-        Dog bed/pillow/blanket

-        Outdoor spray paint (color of your choosing)

-        Felt furniture pads

As prior stated, my dogs loved (past tense, woohoo!) to chew on their dog beds, so a bed made of a durable rubber tire would be just the solution I was looking for.

Step 1

You’ll need to wash/clean the tire with soap and an old scrub brush. Paint tends to not stick to dirt, so removing as much dirt from the treads of the tire will make all the difference when applying your spray paint!

Step 2

After your tire is dry, it’s time to apply your spray paint. For this item I chose, Rust-Oleum X2 Ultra Cover. Which is less than $4 at your local Wal-Mart. Be sure to select paint for outdoor/rubber items. I went with black because I figured it would be easiest, as I was still uncertain how this project was going to turn out. With this being said I have seen other DIY dog tire beds- in pinks, greens, yellows, etc. - turn out awesome. So live your life!

Step 3

After your paint has dried, add your felt furniture pads to the bottom of your tire all the way around. This will prevent the paint from rubbing off and transferring onto your floor.

Step 4

Take your old dog bed/pillow/blanket and stuff it in the center of the tire. Keep in mind, the weight of your dog may force the stuffing to the bottom of the tire or onto the floor, so the bigger and fluffier the better!  I used a large plush dog bed we had on hand that unfortunately developed a large rip…. We can all guess how that happened. I faced the rip on the inside wall of the tire and no one was the wiser! Especially my pups who are now enjoying relaxing in their new, super-durable, homemade dog bed!

4 household items, and 4 easy steps is all it takes to get a durable dog bed for all your heavy chewers!