Spring has sprung, and in many parts of the country, that means that many of us are coming out of our winter hibernation and preparing to spend more time outdoors. This usually means that our dogs are spending more time outside as well. And, as the weather warms and the days grow longer, the earth comes alive with new plant growth. If you and your dog plan on spending more time outside, here is a list of common outdoor plants that are considered poisonous to your furry friend:
Common Vegetable Garden Plants
* Ground Cherry
* Potato Plant
* Tomato Plant
Common Flower Garden Plants
Common Trees and Shrubs
* Red Cedar
The above plants may cause a variety of reactions in your pet including vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and cramps. Some other symptoms that are more difficult for us to recognize include tumors, heart problems, respiratory issues, and kidney problems. Plants like Morning Glory can even cause your dog to have hallucinations. If you suspect that your pet has ingested one of these toxic plants, contact your veterinarian immediately. Furthermore, bring a sample of the plant so that your veterinarian can identify the proper treatment for your canine friend.
For a more extensive list of common household plants, as well as common household products, that are potentially dangerous for your pet, visit the Animal Poison Control Center.
With the influx of dog food recalls, I cannot help but be wary of any pet food product found on the shelves at the local pet supplies stores. My concern is not just with the dog food, but also with the treats. After scanning the ingredients list of several brands, I was alarmed at the number of ingredients that are not only unidentifiable, but also contain wheat, corn, gluten, and soy - all ingredients that are commonly connected to food allergies in dogs. Furthermore, have you ever looked at the treat aisle, packed with hundreds of varieties of treats, and wondered how long they have actually sat on those shelves? How fresh could they actually be? Taste aside, would you even consider eating those treats without knowing how fresh they are? I am guessing the answer is no, so why would you think about feeding them to your best pet-friend?
I feel the same way as you, which is why I am constantly looking for recipes to make yummy treats at home. You can find a number of excellent recipes on Pinterest, many of which I have tried at home and have been dog approved by the “girls”. Additionally, I have tried to come up with some tasty creations of my own.
I already shared with you the dog-house favorite: Pumpkin Cookies. Now, I am excited to share with you another recipe that is not only easy to make, but also quite popular with my quality control team…
Peanut Butter Press Cookies
1 ½ cups Oat Flour
1 ½ cups Brown Rice Flour
½ cup All Natural Peanut Butter (no sugar added…I like to use Krema Nut)
½ cup water
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
3. Combine all the ingredients into one bowl, mixing thoroughly.
4. Roll dough into 1” balls and place on lined cookie sheet. You may place them close together as these will not spread out while baking.
5. Using a fork, press down on each ball to slightly flatten out.
6. Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden brown and hard when pressed.
7. Let cool completely on a wire rack before serving to your pups.
**These can be stored in an airtight doggie treat container.
***As with all of my recipes, I like to use organic ingredients whenever possible.
The best thing about these cookies is that you can take comfort in knowing that you are feeding your canine companion a healthy, preservative-free treat that he or she will thoroughly enjoy!