Whether you’re training a new puppy or looking for a special treat for an older dog or cat, store-bought treats can sometimes miss the mark.
First of all, just like the primary food you feed your dog or cat, you want to be aware of what’s in your pet’s treat. Some treats contain preservatives, flavors, and other ingredients that can be harmful to your pet.
But, do you forego this bonding experience between you and your pet solely because you’re wary of the ingredients in the available treats or snacks? No, spoil your pet by baking your own!
Benefits of DIY Pet Snacks
Personalized for Your Pet
DIY snacks allow you to forget the one-size-fits-all approach to pet snacks. You’re able to adjust the size of your snack specific to your pet or for the purpose you’re giving your pet these special treats. For example, do you want to give your pet small snacks as you’re training? If so, you may want to give a very small snack instead of a larger snack.
You Know the Ingredients
Along the lines of personalized food for your pet, making your own snacks allows you to decide and know exactly what you’re feeding your pet. There’s no hidden ingredients, preservatives, or fillers. If your pet has a food sensitivity, you can make snacks that fit your pet’s dietary needs.
Making your own pet snacks saves you money. Many recipes for DIY pet snacks have three to five ingredients; therefore, with the cost of the ingredients you can make exponentially more snacks at a fraction of the cost of store-bought treats.
Beneficial Treats for Everyone
Of course, your pet will love the special treats you prepare, but making these treats can be a bonding experience for the whole family. Whether you’re training a puppy or giving a little extra love to your beloved family pet, you can get your kids involved in making the treats and training the puppy. Not only will they be excited about making the treats for their pet, but it will be an educational experience of responsibility of caring for an animal.
As you consider your DIY pet snacks, keep in mind that they are not part of a full nutritional diet. They should be used in addition to a nutritionally sound pet food for your animal--not as a replacement.
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