Many people are looking for homemade, low calorie, healthier treats for their pets, especially if they have weight issues. Many treats on the markets can be high in fat, salt and sugar. Using dehydrated fruits and vegetables are not only healthy but tend to be chewy and can aid in dental care. Homemade treats also have the advantage of not containing any artificial preservatives or sulfites to preserve color.
Fruits and vegetable can be dried in an oven or with a commercial dehydrator. Oven drying can be done by setting the temperature between 140-150°F. Higher temperatures may harden the surface of the fruit or vegetable and prevent dehydration. The oven door should be left open a few inches to allow moisture to escape.
Fruits that work well include:
Just because a pet food has fewer ingredients doesn’t mean it’s less nutritious. Clean and simple eating is gaining traction as a movement for people and their pets because it can be every bit as healthy and nutritious as “normal” eating. And when it comes to pets, these diets have a practical advantage because they may help bring pets relief from food allergies without compromising on nutrition.
The Advantages of a Simple Diet
Dogs and cats can be allergic to ingredients such as certain proteins, dyes or other additives. While some food allergies can result in digestive tract issues like as vomiting and/or diarrhea, most pets show signs of food allergies by itching, licking or chewing on their skin.
Allergies can be annoying and hard to diagnose. Pets with food allergies may scratch their skin, develop secondary skin and ear infections, drag their behinds across the living room floor and even lick or chew bald patches in their skin. Although