Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Holiday Pet treat No-Nos and Some Healthy Alternatives

The holidays are nearing and it's important to realize there are some holiday feasts that should not be fed to your pet.
  • No fatty/dark meat or skin
  • No ham bones
  • No macadamia nuts
  • Nothing with onions/garlic - even just seasoning
In Case of Emergency:

Record what the pet ingested and how much. Immediately call your veterinarian or poison control center. Do not induce vomiting. In case of toxins or chemicals on the skin from oils, paints, insecticides and other contact irritants, request directions on if and how to wash the toxin off.

Go here for some basic pet first aid.

Healthy Alternatives

Sweet Potato Treats (home-made!)

What You'll Need:
  •     Large sweet potatoes
  •     Mandolin or sharp knife
  •     Cutting Board
  •     Baking Sheets
  •     Aid of your choosing for greasing the pans
Oven Preparation:

Preheat oven to lowest setting; ours went all the way down to 175 degrees. Meanwhile, slice one top off sweet potatoes to make for easier balancing when slicing. Carefully cut thick lengthwise slices of the sweet potato using a sharp knife or mandolin, about 1/3 inch thick for larger chews (we went with the crinkle cut setting on our mandolin and chose to leave the skin on). Trust me, you want them thick — when dehydrating, the slices are going to lose the majority of their thickness. Cook for 8 hours and let them enjoy!

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