Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Introducing ZACK!

"Woof, woo! I'm Zack from Sunny Orange County, California!"

Woof, woof and howdy everyone out there in the bloggy world! Our household has been dealing with a unique set of emotions over the past couple of weeks. We experienced the loss of my Father-in-Law Chuck on March 13th. He left us way too soon and he will be greatly missed. We also experienced joy in the form of a chunky-butt Bullterrier named Zack who we inherited from my Father-in-Law. 

"This is definitely not L.A.!"
Zack is about 8 years old and he traveled across the country with my husband, from THE REAL OC, Newport Beach, California, all the way to our home here in L. A. (Lower Alabama).  Next week I'm going to share some pictures of Zack's amazing adventure across 2,500 miles of highway that brought him to his new home.

But, this week I thought it would be best to just say goodbye to Chuck and let him know that his best buddy is safe and sound with us. We love you, Pop!

Puppy dreams of Pop......

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

DIY Recipe for Doggie Fresh Breath

Healthy Dog Treat Recipes:
Mean Green Breath Fighting Treats
From Michelle Johnson at ‘The Dog Treat Kitchen’  

You can make your own healthy dog treat recipes that are good for your dogs teeth. This recipe is packed with calcium rich tofu, omega filled ground flax and breath freshening parsley and fresh mint.
Using tofu in a baked dog treat had never even occurred to me. But, once I learned that tofu contains 77% of a persons daily value of calcium, and milk only contains 14%, I knew tofu was needed to make a healthy dog treat for dental care. Also, calcium is needed to help build strong and healthy teeth and is a must to keep our dogs happy and healthy.

But calcium isn't the only ingredient that makes this a healthy dog treat recipe. We've added a heaping helping of dried parsley, fresh mint and wheatgrass powder.

You probably know about the breath freshening abilities of parsley and mint. We even have a couple homemade dog treats that feature these ingredients. Don't miss these two fun recipes, our Parsley Pucker-Up's and the Mint Kiss Dog Cookies.

But we've added not only parsley and mint to these dog treats, but wheatgrass powder, too. The powder does much more than give the treats a fun green color. Because of the chlorophyll, it can also help to deodorize bad breath.

Not to be forgotten, we've added ground flax for the healthy omega 3's and peanut butter for an added savory and delicious taste.

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F
  2. Finely mince the fresh mint.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the whole wheat flour, ground flax, fresh mint, parsley and wheatgrass powder. (You'll notice the flax is not in this picture. I forgot it and added it later.)

  1. Stir in the rolled oats.

  1. Using an electric hand mixer, blend the tofu and peanut butter until smooth.

  1. Stir the dry ingredients into the tofu mixture a 1/3 at a time. Stir to incorporate each addition.

  2. With a damp hand, lightly knead the dough until it forms a ball.

  1. Lightly spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray.
  2. Place your dough on the prepared baking sheet and flatten slightly with your hands.

  3. Place a sheet of plastic wrap over the dough and roll directly on the baking sheet until your dough is about a 1/2 inch thick.

  1. Remove the plastic wrap and bake for 10 minutes.
  2. Using a plastic spatula, score and then cut 1 inch rows in the dough.
  3. Then cut 1 inch squares and arrange the pieces so they are not touching.

  1. Bake for 10 minutes.
  2. Remove any pieces that are already hard, or if they are at the right consistency for your dog. If you would like them to be more dry and hard, reduce the temperature to 250° F and bake for another 10 minutes.
  3. Turn off the oven, leave the treats in the oven while it cools.
Storing - This healthy dog treat recipe should stay fresh in the fridge for about one month. Keep them fresh in the freezer for up to 6 months.

Yield - Rolling the dough out to 1/2 inch thickness and then cutting squares that are approximately 1 inch by 1 inch, you will yield at least 60 pieces.

Tips & Techniques

  • Wheatgrass Powder - You should be able to find this in most major health food stores in their vitamin department. You can buy a larger amount, or just one packet for these homemade dog treats.
  • Wheat Free Flour - You can make this recipe wheat and grain free by substituting the type of flour you use. Instead of whole wheat flour, use a combination of 1/2 cup Garbanzo bean flour, 1/4 cup almond flour and 1/4 cup tapioca flour.
  • Size the Treats - The size of the treats for this healthy dog treat recipe is an average size. Feel free to make the bites smaller or larger for your individual dog. Keep in mind, though, that the baking times will vary a little if you change the size. Bake for less time for smaller treats and a little longer for treats that are large.
  • Hand Mixer - Using an electric hand mixer is a must for this recipe. I tried vigorously stirring the tofu and peanut butter together and they just don't come out smooth. Blend the ingredients for about one minute, or until smooth.
Making your own healthy dog treat recipes is a great way to ensure your dog is getting needed nutrition for healthy teeth.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Protect Your Dog During Winter| Catherine Daniels

It might be March but in many parts of the country we are still dealing with frigid temps and wintery weather. Here is a great post full of tips from our guest writer Catherine Daniels. ~Ali

Dog in winter scene
Playing it safe in the snow!

Caring for dogs in extreme weather condition is something that needs to be done properly and carefully and there is no two ways about it. This is true for the summer heats when the dogs need to be hydrated properly and kept away from too much sun exposure but it is also true for winter which has its own traps and pitfalls that you need to avoid. We will give you some advice on what you need to do and what you should not do in order to care for your dog during winter months.
For one, for most breeds, the winter is not exactly the favorite time of the year and they are just as likely to love going out in sub-zero temperatures as you are. Most dogs will prefer to stay in during the winter months, going outside only for brief periods of time. And that is exactly what you should do. Let them stay inside and try and provide them with stuff to do while they are in, especially if they are used to going out more. 
Little winter dog
"Do I HAVE to go in now, Mom?"
 When they do go out, you should always make sure that they are dried once they get in. If there is snow or rain outside, they will get wet, especially if they are smaller dogs which are never too far from the snow and you need to make sure that they are dried when they get inside. You may consider buying coats for your dog, especially if they are smaller or short-haired. It is crucial that you keep their bellies warm at all times. You can buy water-proof coats these days and they should be perfect for your dog when they go out in the snow or rain.
There are also some nutritional tips that you need to be aware of. First of all, the cold weather drains energy from the dogs and they may require more quality food if the place they live gets colder during winter or after they have had fun outside. You should think about upping their daily intake of food in such cases, simply to make up for the calorie expenditure due to low temperatures. Also, you need to be aware that the water in their bowl can get frozen and you should make sure this never happens. If the temperatures are really low where the dog lives, you should think about replacing their metal bowl with a plastic or a ceramic one.
There is another thing that you need to check for if you take your dog outside during winter, especially if it is freezing cold outside and if the snow is falling and that is the salt that is put on the roads. As the snow and ice melt thanks to the salt, the salt can form little balls that can get on the dog's paws and nails and can cause a variety of problems. Also, make sure that your dog cannot get access to antifreeze. Antifreeze tastes very sweet to dogs and they are prone to try and drink some which can be extremely toxic.

-Catherine Daniels, huge animal lover and freelance writer in spare time, enjoys hiking with her dog Cookie and cuddling with her cat Zoe.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Underlying Medical Conditions That Can Change Pet Behavior| Coops and Cages

Knowing about the effects of medical conditions on pet behavior, what you can do about it, and how to prevent it as much as you can.

Featured Guest Post author Jordan Walker is an avid dog lover. He imparts his years of experience as a hands-on pet owner by writing for Coops And Cages and other blogs, and is always willing to discuss pet issues with bloggers like me. This article is all about dealing with possibly sick pets that are easily misunderstood as misbehaving pets. 
"I'll be good, I promise!"
The moment your dog starts misbehaving, your instinct might tell you to go hire a trainer. However, the best way to deal with any pet behavior problem is to rule out possible medical causes first before concluding that it is behavioral in nature.

Dogs Aren’t Really Inherently Aggressive 

The most common reason why pet owners bring their dogs to a shelter and give them up or have them euthanized is aggression that led them to bite people. The worst thing that could happen to any dog owner is to learn that their beloved pet just bit someone, especially if the victim is a child. 
Since animals can’t talk, the best way that they can communicate is to use their body. If they don’t like something, they would growl, bare their teeth, cower, hide, or stand tense. If people don’t get what they are saying, that’s when they would relate their message by attempting to bite or actually biting people. The tolerance towards pain, fear or confusing situations depend on the dog’s previous experiences involving these emotions. 
Most of the 24 types of aggression in dogs are related to fear, pain or a medical condition. Only 5% is attributed to genetically aggressive behavior. Around 50% of the time, aggression has a pain, fear or medical basis, which is why a health check-up and evaluation is a necessary solution to help lessen aggression. 
It is important to prevent dogs from learning the power of their teeth. Socialization is also an important in shaping pet behavior. Force methods of training, such as shake downs, rollovers or choke collars, will only increase your pet’s aggressiveness over time, which is why positive reinforcement is getting more attention from pet owners these days. But to do your reinforcements, you must first resolve the health problems of your pet by understanding the different symptoms and resulting behaviors. 

Medical Conditions That Can Lead to Misbehavior  

  • Pain or discomfort can increase your pet’s anxiety, irritability, fear of being approached or being handled, and aggressiveness. If the pet’s aggressive behavior succeeds in removing what they perceived as the threat, which usually happens, it reinforces that very behavior. Conditions that affect the teeth and gums, anal sacs, ears, joints, bones, or back disks often lead to pain and discomfort. Increased immobility may cause them to bite instead of retreating and defecate or urinate anywhere.
  • A decline in hearing or sight may lead pets to confusion and cause them to respond to commands, sights, or sounds differently. This condition is often seen in aging pets. 
  • Conditions that affect the internal organs may cause behavior changes due to the accumulated toxic metabolites in their bloodstream. More frequent urination and reduced urine control due to a bladder infection, kidney diseases, neurological damage, or bladder stones may cause house soiling. Constipation or colitis that leads to loss of bowel control may cause house soiling but with stools.
  • Diseases of the endocrine system, can also cause behavior problems in pets. For instance, hypothyroidism may cause a sudden change in the pet’s behavior when they reach puberty. It may also make training difficult for them. Adults may show noise phobias, separation anxiety, food guarding, aggression, and more. 
  • The older your pets get, the more likely they will be afflicted with multiple diseases.
It would help if you read more about the most common medical problems among dogs and cats. Take your pets to the vet to determine whether their misbehavior is really due to their health problems, so you will know what kind of pet care to provide.

What You Can Do

Clinical History and Physical Checkup

Pet assessment should start with reviewing their clinical history and undergoing a physical examination. Their history will tell the veterinarian if your pet is experiencing medical or behavioral changes. Tell the vet about even the smallest problems or changes in your pet’s behavior. Laboratory tests or a more comprehensive checkup may also be necessary. In some cases, your pets may need to see a specialist. 

Surgery, Medication, or Dietary Treatment 

Once the medical problems are treated, you can let your pets try behavior therapy. It would also be easier to determine whether their misbehavior has a behavioral or medical cause by changing your pet’s medication. Changing their diet and avoiding toxic pet foods will also help. Surgery may be performed on pets with a tumor or male pets that showed sexually-driven behaviors that need castration. Long-rooted problems may be treated both medically and behaviorally. 

Preventive Measures 

If you want to keep your pets healthy and reduce their medical problems to help control their behavior, knowing some important tips would be a huge help. 

  • Visit the vet annually. Annual checkups can resolve budding medical issues right away. Be detailed as much as possible when talking to the vet about your pet’s diet, behavior, and exercise habits. The vet will also check your pet’s heart, lungs, gums, teeth, and internal organs. 
  • Spay or neuter. Spaying can prevent pyometra and breast cancer and stops them from going into heat. Neutering males at around six months may reduce aggressive behavior. It also reduces the risk of hernias, prostate disease, and testicular cancer. 
  • Get your pets vaccinated. While newborn pets usually get antibodies from their mother’s milk, these disappear when they reach three months old. Ask your vet about the necessary vaccinations for your pet, but it might trigger aggressive behavior in some cases. 
  • Prevent heartworm and other parasites. Heartworms, intestinal parasites, ticks, and fleas can cause major problems in your pets. Fleas and ticks make them feel itchy and uncomfortable. Intestinal parasites can lead to vomiting and diarrhea. 
  • Exercise daily. It can improve your pets physically and mentally, while reducing destructive and aggressive behavior, burning calories, improving cardiovascular strength and increasing muscle mass. Walk your dogs around the block daily. Play games with your cats.
  • Prevent obesity. Excess weight may cause heart disease, liver disease, and arthritis, among others. It also increases the risk of diabetes and the risk during surgical procedures. Reduce food intake, increase exercise sessions. 
  • Conduct routine grooming. Clean their ears regularly and check for discharge or odor, which are signs of infection. Trim their nails to prevent injuries and allow them to walk normally. Brush their coat daily to avoid matting and skin problems. 
  • Provide proper training. Teach your pets how to behave properly and how to heed commands. Invest in their training. It will pay off in the form of your pet’s close bond with your family and the rest of society. 
  • Choose the right pet foods. If you want to treat your dog to your food, you can share apples, cooked oatmeal, liver, pineapple, lean meats, and cottage cheese, among others. But make sure to avoid certain foods from your list of pet foods too, such as avocado, coffee, chocolate, alcoholic beverages, and others. 
  • Dental care should not be forgotten. Dental infection caused by plaque buildup may move into the blood stream and affect their lungs, heart, kidneys, bones, liver, and joints. Regular brushing with pet-specific toothpaste is a must. 
You can be a more understanding and sensitive parent to your pets if you get to know more about them, starting with why they behave a certain way. Have the patience to decipher what they are really going to say by taking a closer look at their behavior starting today. Keep them healthy because a healthy pet is more often than not a happy one. 

Author Bio: 

Author: Jordan Walker

Jordan is the lead content curator for Coops And Cages as well as a couple of other pet related blogs. His passion for animals is only matched by his love for 'attempting' to play the guitar. If you would like to catch him, you can via Google+ or Twitter: @CoopsAndCages 

Thursday, February 20, 2014

5 Eco-Friendly Ideas for Your Dog's Wellbeing

happy yellow dog running in grass

A dog's love knows no bounds: they love unconditionally; they are trusted friends and members of the family. Taking care of your dog is a pleasure, but doing it with your own two hands, re-using and recycling, can be even better. Read on for some ideas on how to please your pet while being eco-friendly!

Homemade Dog Food

As we all know, dogs require a balanced diet to stay in full health. Making your own food at home can give you peace of mind knowing that you've seen every ingredient to enter your dog's food. To create this easy, nutritious and healthy meal for your pooch, start by boiling a kilogram of mince-meat for about half an hour. Then wash a carrot and a courgette and chop with a food processor. Add to the boiled meat, with the addition of 2 eggs and 200g of whole wheat flour. Mix thoroughly and shape into balls, which you can then place on a lined baking sheet. Bake at 180° for about half an hour and leave them to cool in the oven once you've turned it off. Yum! As a pets diet can change as it moves through its adulthood, you should always consult a vet if you decide to go down the route of home prepared food, to ensure that you dog is getting the right vitamins and minerals.

Building a dog bed

This creative past time will ensure fun for the family. Use all your love to build a dog bed for your four-legged friend, recycling materials from around your home. An old woolly jumper or blanket can be born again as a dog bed: you just have to stuff the fabric with old cushions, cotton or recycled fabric scraps, and your Fido will have a warm and comfortable bed.

black and white dog sitting in grassNatural Flea Control

The dog's worst enemy isn't the cat: it's the flea! This parasite is a real nuisance that can become dangerous, causing very severe dermatitis in dogs. Nature, however, offers a natural repellent: Neem Oil, which can repell fleas, ticks and mosquitoes! Obtained by pressing the seeds of Azadirachta Indica, it's not only able to eliminate fleas, but their eggs and larvae too! Neem oil to hand and death to fleas!

Sustainable Toys

If you look around your house, you will see that you have many unused items that can be transformed into eco-friendly toys for your dog: old socks, for example, can become a fun toy if you stuff them with fabric scraps or cotton. Or you can use old woolly jumpers to create a soft toy bone: all you need is a little sewing and stuffing. Your dog will love it! Or else you could braid old socks and tights into ropes to use for playing fetch.

Fitness Dog Walking

Every walk you take with your dog is an opportunity for fitness. A not-too-fast run will ensure your dog is always fit and healthy, and it won't only help you stay fit too: it'll also strengthen the physical and emotional bond between you and your pooch. Walking, running, or playing with your dog outdoors every day will put a big smile on both of your faces and leave you fighting fit.

Every dog deserves all our love: they give us all of theirs, without asking for anything in return, just a caress. So all you need is a little creativity and some eco-friendly savviness and you can give you dog wonderful presents simply by re-using what you have lying around: and the result will be a happy and healthy dog.

Author Biography

ZEIPET is a family run pet shop in Florence that makes made to measure luxurious dog beds for very lucky pets. The fabrics used in their bedding is the same that can be found in the very best Italian designer furnishings. Using fabrics from the Town of Prato and leathers from Florence, local artisans elaborate orders and ship their creations world-wide.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Laser Therapy for Pain Management in Animals with Hip Dysplasia

By Ali Sue Kanouse

Tracker getting ready for a laser treatment!

Woof, woof and Happy Valentine's Day everyone! This is a month for love so I wanted to share with you some things that have been going on with those fur balls that I love so much. I've mentioned Tracker before. He's been with us the longest now with us having rescued him in 2007. He is a mixed breed but the breeds he has in him are prone to hip dysplasia. About two years ago now he began to limp pretty badly so we had him checked out at the vet with x-rays and an exam and he was found to have hip dysplasia and general arthritis issues.  We took the vet's advice and started him on a daily  generic anti-inflamitory NSAID for the pain and tried to get some of his weight off of him to help with the condition.

Tracker in his favorite spot on the porch
He was doing pretty well until this past November when he seemed to get worse overnight. We took him back to a different vet for a second opinion about our treatment path and found that the food we had been feeding him (glucosamine, Vitamin E formula) was actually adding weight to his frame. And it was concluded that the NSAID we had him on might have just stopped working for him. So, we changed food to a healthy weight formula, added a bone and joint health daily vitamin, and began a different NSAID for the pain.

Within a week, Tracker was doing great! The new medicine was working well, his weight started to come down and all was better.  But, then towards the end of December, he got worse.  I had noticed he had lost some big patches of hair over the past month, which concerned us. And, he was getting stuck trying to get off the couch or when he would go out to the yard. He would just sit and have to be begged using a treat to get him to move.

By New Year's Eve, we were having to bring water and food to Tracker by hand because he wouldn't stand over his food dish to eat on his own.  I started a desperate search on the Internet to find something else that I could do for my dog.  My sweet husband was sitting on our tile floor at 6:20am on a Saturday morning feeding pieces of food to Tracker by hand. I finally came across info about the use of a cold laser therapy for dogs suffering  with hip dysplasia and other ailments. Luckily one local vet in our area had cold laser therapy - I booked the first appointment I could for an evaluation.

This was yet another vet for Tracker, but he did really well all through the exam. When the blood work results came back, I felt horrible. Tracker's liver enzymes were in dangerous levels because of the NSAIDs, something that they warn you about but you never understand until you see how high they can go. The vet changed him to a true pain killer without the anti-inflammatory aspect of the NSAIDs and we started the laser treatments that day.  Day one laser treatment went well, about 20 minutes and he got a pretty scarf that had the name of the laser equipment "Companion Therapy Laser" by LiteCure, LLC. That evening he rested a lot. He had his appetite and he ate on his own, which was an immediate improvement:

Tracker after first laser treatment

Since this first treatment, we began a weekly schedule of 3 visits a week for two weeks with each lasting about 20 minutes. The technician goes over each of his back legs and hip area with the laser during the season. Tracker wears 'doggles' and the humans in the room have to wear glasses to protect their eyes from the laser.  The laser itself doesn't hurt but is a little warm on the animal. It stimulates cell growth and reconstruction from the inside out. The tech said she uses it after surgeries to help speed the healing process and to help ward off infection.  Here's a picture of Tracker and my husband during the process:

Tracker has on 'doggles' to protect his eyes!

I can only speak from my experience, but what we have seen in Tracker since we started this process is amazing.  He is off of the horrible NSAIDs that were damaging his liver and he is doing much better, actually putting weight on each back leg as he walks.  Now we are just perfecting the number of times a week he needs to have a treatment and eventually we hope to get it down to once a month as maintenance. Each session costs about $40 but that cost can vary from vet to vet. Our vet also takes the Care Credit card which is a lifesaver for people with pets - it is like a revolving line of credit just for your animals and each purchase has an introductory period without interest, like 90 or 120 days.

Tracker still takes the mild pain killer twice a day to help with pain management, and he gets his vitamin as well as the weight management food to help get off some poundage. The laser is safe and requires no bandages and no down time - it is something that I highly recommend to anyone with an animal in pain. This is a way to treat your pet without drugs that can harm them. 

Here are a couple of videos to show you the difference between the first days of treatment and now. Sorry for the quality but I caught what I could really quickly:

Tracker Before Laser Therapy:

Tracker After Laser Therapy (and an ice storm):

I had someone email me about this blog the other day, telling me that they had evaluated it and there are all these things on it that are wrong and I could pay them to fix them for me so I can get better SEO.  Well, that isn't why I started this blog. This is for my fellow doggie mommies that need to know what is out there for their pets.

I am so excited to work with cool companies like Clear Conscience last month to bring yummy healthy alternatives to our 'kids'. This laser therapy is something you might not even know was out there but might help your pet - dog, kitty, horse, etc.  I am not getting paid by the laser people to promote this but I do hope this makes the rounds to get their message out.  Too many pets die because their owners keep them on meds for so long they go into renal failure due to liver damage. Here is an alternative.  That is why I have this blog, Mr. SEO guy!

And, as an aside, I began giving my dog some milk thistle powder supplements mixed into baby food once a day to help with his liver.  Milk thistle is an herb/vitamin supplement that is safe for humans as well as animals, just look up how much to give your animal per their weight. The liver is one of the most amazing organs in our bodies because it can heal itself if the damage isn't too severe, and I have read that the same is true for our four-legged friends.  I am using a 5 day on cycle, 2 day off cycle to make sure the potency isn't too high.  I'll keep you posted on all of this......

So, to all my readers, Happy Valentine's Day!  Love from my fur babies to yours!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Clear Conscience Pet Super Gravy Recipe and #Giveaway!

By Ali Sue Kanouse

Happy New Year, everyone! I hope that you guys are keeping warm with this polar blast we are getting this week! I've been enjoying my holidays by putting myself on a bit of a self impossed  blog-hiatus but I am back. And, I have a present for my readers for the New Year: a free sample of SuperGravy Holistic Instant Pet Gravy for one lucky reader!  Make sure you register for the #giveaway using the cool little Rafflecopter widget below! The winner will be announced on this website on 1/31/2014!

What is SuperGravy?

SuperGravy Holistic Instant Pet Gravies @ http://www.clearconsciencepet.com

If you have followed my blog for a while, you'll know that I believe in healthy food alternatives for our pets. I think that if we want the best for ourselves in terms of quality ingredients, limiting the use of preservatives and additives then we should also want the same for our furry friends.  Clear Conscience Pet is a company that believes in the simple idea of 'Great Taste - Great Health' and their products made in the USA from 'responsibly sourced ingredients and are holistically formulated for optimum nutrition'. I'll share their pledge below so you can see what Clear Conscience Pet is all about:

Our Pledge:

• ALL NATURAL: No artifical preservatives, flavors, colors, synthetic supplements or GMO ingredients
• MADE IN THE USA with pride at the artisan level of excellence & quality
• WE SUPPORT sustainable farming, humane livestock husbandry and fair trade practices
• 100% GUARANTEED to naturally delight your animal companions

I don't do very many product endorsements on my blog because I don't want to turn this nice little slice of the internet into some billboard for every pet product that comes along. But, I did agree to endorse this product if my dogs could try it and like it and if I could do my homework about the company's motives and ingredient quality. 

Well, I am happy to report that my dogs are loving their sample of SuperGravy Brown 'Au Jus' Gravy! And, the Clear Conscience Pet company has my utmost respect. They truly are trying to provide everyone with a great, healthy treat for their dogs that tastes great! And, best of all, their SuperGravy is safe for cats, dogs and even ferrets! It is perfect for the finicky or sick pet that needs some motivation to eat. This product is so easy to use - just add warm water, whisk as you would your own gravy and stir into dry food to make it moist and yummy or use alone to help get nutrients to a stubborn pet.

Below, Tony and Amanda, the owners of Clear Conscience Pet , have shared a recipe they have created to use their SuperGravy to coat and bake healthy veggies for a fun DIY treat. There is a lot you can do with their products! They have a whole like of healthy treats including a line of Gluten and Grain-Free Cruncherz baked dog treats. I hope you check them out!

Tony and Amanda’s SuperGravy SuperCoat Dipping Batter Mix
This delicious mix can be used with a wide variety of foods and forms a coating on meats or veggies when baked. Both dogs and cats can be “tricked” into eating low calorie healthy veggies when they are enrobed with SuperCoat!
SuperGravy battered veggie treats
YOU’LL NEED: A mixing bowl and a whisk. The best method for baking the treats once dipped is using parchment paper on a cookie sheet. That way, treats are easily removed after baking.

PREP: Preheat oven to 350 degrees

INGREDIENTS: (This batter batch is enough to make a full tray, but it varies depending on how you dip and what you dip!)
2 Tablespoons of SuperGravy®  (4 scoops as provided in pouches)
2 Eggs (we prefer organic cage free eggs)
2 Tablespoons of PLAIN yogurt (we prefer organic yogurt)
2 Tablespoons of condensed tomato soup mix (we like low sodium version but regular is OK.)
½ teaspoon of baking powder
2 Tablespoons of ground flax or chia seed for batter
2 Tablespoons of whole flaxseed or whole chia seed for sprinkling on top of treats after dipping
(Note on flax and chia: Chia seed and flaxseed are easily found at health food stores, in natural sections of better grocery stores, and at Whole Foods. Please note that chia is well absorbed whether whole or ground, but flax seed must be ground for maximum nutritional benefit. Placing whole flax seeds on top of treats after dipping in batter is OK, since dogs will chew and break the seeds to release the nutrients.)

1-MIX all ingredients
2- WHISK or BLEND all ingredients in the bowl. Batter will have a coarse texture
3- DIP whatever you like, as long as it is good for dogs and cats!
4- WHAT TO DIP IN THE SuperCoat Batter:
Preferred dips are:
Carrots; string beans; snow peas; Sliders® Tender meaty treats (either sliced or whole TenderStikz™). Cruncherz™ Organic dog biscuits; Lamb Airy Bites™; Or any chunks of COOKED lean meat or healthy veggies. For cats, the ultimate is dipping chunks or “balls” of tuna in the batter. You’ll have to press them in small lumps.)
dog enjoying SuperGravy battered veggies(Many of these are made by Clear Conscience Pet®, of course. Just so you now we’re chipping in our share, use the code SUPERCOAT and you’ll get 20% off of ANY of our products, including the SuperGravy® base! )
5- DIP and PLACE on parchment paper. It’s a little messy but it’s worth it! You can use a slotted spoon but you’ll still need to handle the treats and place them nicely on the cookie sheet
6- SHAKE the chia seed or flaxseed on top of the dipped treats before they go in the oven
7- BAKE at 350 for 15 minutes, but keep an eye on your treats. Much like baking a cookie, the coating will appear soft after 15 minutes but will solidify after removing from the oven. For crunchier coating, try 20 minutes but keep a close eye and remove immediately if you start to see the treats burning or getting dark brown at the edges.
8- LET SIT FOR 10-15 MINUTES! Be very careful, since as excited as your dogs or cats will be, of course you don’t want to burn their mouths!

9- Want ‘em tender? BAG in PLASTIC OR WRAP IN FOIL AFTER FULLY COOLED. This will give the treats a tender coating.
10- Want ‘em crunchier? Follow 20 minute baking instructions, and LET ‘EM SIT LONGER .
11- REFRIGERATE: Remember that the SuperCoated treats are made from fresh foods; Keep in the fridge and don’t leave at room temperature for extended periods of time.

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