Homemade Chicken Jerky for your Dog

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These tasty treats are easy to make and nutritious

 

These simple homemade chicken jerky treats for your dog are a snap to make and take worry away from buying jerky from the store.

Ingredients
2 Tbsp local wild honey
2 Tbsp unsulphured blackstrap molasses
4 Tbsp water
1 Tbsp dried rosemary
1 lb chicken (stir-fry cut)

Grind the rosemary by hand or in a food processor. Combine molasses, honey, rosemary and water in a bowl. Add the chicken and stir to cover all pieces. Cover and marinade in the refrigerator for 2-4 hours.

Preheat oven to 225 degrees. Line a roast pan with foil and place a wire rack on top. Twist and lay the marinated chicken on the rack. Brush any remaining marinade on top.

Bake for about 5 hours and let cool before serving.

These will stay fresh in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.

For longer shelf life, pre-cook the marinated chicken strips on the stove top before placing in the oven to dehydrate, still baking at 225 degrees for 2-4 hours.

 

Wheatgrass for Dogs

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a tiny amount of wheatgrass goes a long way.

Wheatgrass is one of the best living sources of chlorophyll available.  It’s has over 100 elements that are needed by our bodies.  It’s loaded with amino acids, enzymes, protein, vitamins and minerals.  It is a wonderful detoxifier and rebuilds the blood stream. Chlorophyll washes away drug deposits in the body and neutralizes toxins.  It also helps in purifying the liver. On top of all that, it neutralizes odors and gives your dog fresh breath.

As soon as I get the wheatgrass juicer out, Tashi goes crazy for her favorite healthy treat of the day.  We grow our own wheatgrass and grind it daily with a HandyPantry macerating juicer.  It only takes a few minutes and is easy to clean up.  The benefits of wheatgrass are highest if you drink it within 20 minutes of juicing, but you can keep some in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a few days or freeze it in small amounts in baby ice cube trays.  I generally juice about 2 ounces of grass a day for myself and give Tashi about 1/4 tsp which she enjoys straight.  If your dog is not so keen on wheatgrass, you can also add it to food or water.

Powdered wheat or barley grass is a good option as well if you are short on time.  Just make sure you are buying a product that does not have other stuff added to it that may be harmful to your dog.

The key to using wheatgrass for your dog is to use it in small amounts.  Too much wheatgrass too soon can be too detoxifying and cause vomiting, diarrhea and dizziness.  Tashi weighs 14 lbs so she gets 1/4 a tsp, but we started with a tiny drop and built up from there over time.  A 50 lb dog can build up to 1 tsp a day.

Happy juicing!

Healthy Homemade Dog Biscuits

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Choosing the ingredients of what your dog eats is essential to good health.  Tashi loves fresh baked cookies in a variety of assortments!  These biscuits are very simple to make and are a bit hit at our house.

2 cups whole wheat flour (we use Bob’s Red Mill)
1/4 cup wheat bran
1/8 cup rolled barley oats
2 Tablespoons virgin coconut oil (melted)
1 cup water
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 Tablespoon pumpkin seeds

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Combine flour, wheat bran, barley oats, parsley and pumpkin seeds.  Add water and oil to dry ingredients.  Knead for 2-3 minutes.  Roll dough to 1/4″ thick and cut with a bone shaped cookie cutter.  Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet for 25-30 minutes.

 

 

 

Home-cooked meals for dogs: Eggs for Dogs

 

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Your dog will love egg based meals!

Does your dog like eggs? Whole eggs are a great source of protein for your dog and they provide many vitamins, minerals, good fats and various trace nutrients. A large egg contains about  77 calories, with 5 grams of fat and 6 grams of protein with all 9 essential amino acids. Rich in iron, phosphorus, selenium and vitamins A, B12, B2 and B5.  They also contain decent amounts of Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Calcium and Zinc.

I generally serve 1-2 eggs, once or twice weekly.  I fry them in a teaspoon of coconut oil so the whites are cooked all the way through, as to not cause a biotin deficiency, but with the yolks still runny.  I add some grated carrot, zucchini, daikon and a few blueberries and I always use a pinch of home-dried eggshell as a calcium source.   Sardines go great with eggs too!

It’s best to prepare eggshell for calcium on a day when you are going to use a lot of eggs for something, like maybe it’s a big omelette morning or you are making a soufflé.  Just wash out the eggshells, carefully removing the inner membrane.  There are two layers of membranes, just make sure to get the inner most membrane washed out as best you can.  If you are careful, you can peel it right out of each half.  Place the clean eggshells on a baking tray and bake in a preheated oven at 350 for about 10 minutes.  After they have cooled down, place them in a coffee grinder that you specifically use only for eggshell grinding ( I have a white coffee grinder that I use specifically for eggshells).  Pulse until they are nice and powdery.  I place mine in a small glass storage container labeled with the date I baked them and store them  in the refrigerator and use a small pinch in every meal.  I bake about 6 eggshells at a time and toss out and replace my powdered eggshell every few months.

Next time you are cooking eggs for yourself, fry up an egg or two for your dog.  It’s one of Tashi’s favorite meals!

 

 

Home-cooked meals for dogs: Beef and blueberry casserole

Home baked casserole for you and your dog
Beef and Blueberry Casserole

Everyone likes a special home-baked meal and your dog is no exception. This recipe incorporates whole food goodness in an easy to make recipe that you and your dog can share.  It does contain grain, so if your dog is grain-free, you’ll want to skip this recipe.

1/2 lb beef stew meat

1 cup goat milk

2 large eggs

6 slices Ezikiel sprouted whole wheat bread, crumbled

1/4 cup grated carrot

1/8 cup chopped italian parsley

1 stalk celery, chopped

1 Tbsp blueberries

1/8 cup peas

1/4 tsp dried oregano

1/4 tsp dried rosemary

1/4 tsp powdered eggshell

1 tsp olive oil

200 mg vitamin E, added from a one capsule

1 small garlic clove chopped fine

 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix all of the ingredients together and press firmly into a glass casserole dish. Bake for 30 minutes or until brown. This recipe can also be served to your dog raw, or baked you can both enjoy its wholesomeness!