Sweet Potato Dog Treat – Is it Healthy for your Pekingese or Not?

 


Sweet Potato Dog Treat – Is it Healthy for your Pekingese?

With all the ruckus recently about sweet potatoes and its effects on dogs, let us clarify everything first. After this post, you would be able to determine if should you or should you not make a sweet potato dog treat for your pet.

Let us first discuss about the good side, here. September is the harvest time for sweet potatoes and yes, they are an acceptable diet for your pet. This root crop is usually used as an acceptable filler source – one that won’t cause any digestive problems. Compared to regular potatoes, sweet potatoes are more nutritious. They are rich in anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, and are considered as an antiodiabetic food. Experts found out that it aids in stabilizing the blood sugar levels as well as lowers the insulin resistance. It is also rich in Vitamin A which fights against emphysema. Furthermore, it is also rich in vitamin C, Potassium, Iron, Manganese, Vitamin B6, Copper and Fiber.

However, you should also be cautious when you are incorporating sweet potatoes in your pet’s diet. Take note that sweet potatoes are full of starch so weight gain is a big possibility if you give him too much, too often. Another thing to consider is that its skin contains harmful chemicals once moldy. To inspect all the sweet potatoes you’re using and prevent feeding him a moldy one. Just use sweet potatoes sparingly.

Furthermore, a sweet potato treat from China is associated with a certain disease. According to VIN (Veterinary Information Network), vets are now reporting health related issues that is linked with sweet potato treats that are made in China (same goes for the Chicken jerky treats).

Laboratory tests show on sick canines that they have kidney problems and their showing symptoms are similar to Fanconi Syndrome. Though most patients recovered, there are still a considerable number of deaths related to this issue.

Signs and symptoms would immediately show up within hours or even days after your pet has consumed the treat. Symptoms would include decrease appetites, diarrhea, lethargy, increased thirst/urination and vomiting.

Sweet Potato Dog Treat

Doggy Treats to Avoid

These brands are the ones allegedly implicated in the sweet potato treat health issues:

  • Canyon Creek Ranch Chicken Yam Good Dog Treats (Nestle Purina)
  • Beefeaters Sweet Potato Snacks for Dogs
  • Dogswell Veggie Life Vitality (4 varieties)

If you Opt for Commercially Prepared Treats…

Just know that if you go for ready made treats that are made in China, your pet may be at risk. Chicken jerky treats, Chicken tenders, sweet potato treats or chicken treats all pose a potential threat towards your beloved pet. If you really insist on buying prepared treats, be safe and go for brands that are made in the US.

Also consider making your own sweet potato treats at home, it is healthier that way. Simply buy fresh sweet potato produce and create various kinds of treats out of it. You can always Google for home-made treat recipes as your guide in cooking.

Making your own sweet potato dog treat for your pet is much safer and healthier. FDA found out that the sweet potato dog treat that were made in China were contaminated with a highly toxic pesticide, Phorate. You don’t want your pet to ingest on this, do you?

Have you ever given your pekingese a sweet potato treat? If so, I sure hope not the one from China. How did you cook it? Feel free to share your recipe and knowledge with us below.

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Ice Cream and Dogs: Is it Good for your Pekingese?

Does ice cream and dogs mix? What do you think? Cheese, milk, ice cream — they all have one thing in common, Lactose. If your pet can digest lactose, then he can eat all these foods in small amounts. Cheese and milk are nice sources for nutrients and protein, however ice cream is something that should only be given occasionally.

Just like us, there are dog breeds that are lactose intolerant while others are not. When you say lactose intolerant, the dog lacks the enzyme lactase in his small intestine that breaks down lactose (the sugar in milk). Lactose intolerance may either be developed or inborn. Since lactose cannot be broken down, it simply passes through their system undigested, causing discomfort, gas and bloating.

If you are sure that your pet is not lactose intolerant, then he can eat ice cream as long as the flavor is safe. Vanilla is the safest one for him. There are lots of ice cream flavors that are not safe for your pet, such as rum raisin or chocolate. Your pet also should not have an ice cream that has artificial sweeteners. But, take note that human ice cream is not so good for your pet. There are ice cream which are specifically formulated for them. And just because your pet is allowed to eat ice cream necessarily mean that he should eat as much as he can. Every once in a while is fine. Just be aware that there is a drawback here, all those excess sugar and fat. All those excess sugar can make him extra-energetic, so feed him sparingly.

Milk on the other hand has the highest content of lactose of all dairy products, so do not give it to your puppy if he happens to be intolerant. Even if your pet isn’t allergic to it, large amounts of milk may be hard on the stomach. However, milk has plentiful of nutrients which proves to be beneficial for your pet. Milk contains Vitamin D, calcium, Vitamin A, protein, potassium and healthy fats. If your pekingese is not lactose intolerant, then feel free to include small amounts of milk in his diet or use it on his recipes.

Ice Cream and Dogs: Is it Good for your Pekingese?

Ice Cream and Dogs

Banana Frosty Treats

  • Place a banana in a food processor or blender. Add 32 oz. of plain yogurt, 2 tsp. of honey and 2 tsp. peanut butter into the mix. Alternatively, try using goat’s milk yogurt since it contains less lactose.
  • Mix all aforementioned ingredients and blend it well.
  • get paper cups, small plastic containers or ice cube trays as molds for the mixture. Pour small amounts into the molds.
  • Freeze the treats, then put then in a freezer bag for easier storage.

Berry Frosty Treats

  • Place a banana in a food processor or blender. Add 32 oz. of plain yogurt, 2 tsp. of honey.  Add 1/4 cup strawberries, blueberries or cranberries for that extra antioxidant boost for your pet.
  • Mix all aforementioned ingredients and blend it well.
  • get paper cups, small plastic containers or ice cube trays as molds for the mixture. Pour small amounts into the molds.
  • Freeze the treats, then put then in a freezer bag for easier storage.

The idea of ice cream and dogs is really nice. Just imagine a milk bone nestled in a sweet, vanilla ice cream. Makes your tummy rumble, right? However, as what experts would advice: On a hot day, it is fine to give your pet a doggy-formulated ice cream proven if he is not lactose intolerant. Otherwise, do not give him since it would cause digestive upset and diarrhea as well as may also cause food allergies.

What is your pekingese’s indulgence? Do you give him ice cream? Share your sweet story with us below.

 

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Homemade Doggie Treats: Recipe Ideas for your Pekingese

Homemade Doggie Treats: Recipe Ideas for your Pekingese

Making your own homemade doggie treats can be a fun activity and a healthy reeward for your beloved pekignese. There are lots of benefits in making your own dog treats instead of buying at the store.

  • You control the ingredients. You can ensure that he is getting a nutritious and fun snack. You control on what goes into the treat that you are making. You can also customize his treat according to his preference and his dietary restrictions.
  • No unhealthy chemicals and additives. Most commercially made treats contain lots of preservatives in order to extend their products’ shelf life. Furthermore, treats bought from the stores are created out from byproducts and fillers rather than from natural and healthy ingredients. In creating your own homemade treats, you can be sure that his snack is tasty as well as healthy.
  • A tasty option. Making your dog a treat would give him an option in eating a more tasty as well as nutrious treat from his usual dog biscuit treat from the grocery.

Homemade Doggie Treats

Ingredients – You have complete say in what goes into (and stays out of) your dogs’ treats. You can customize ingredients in your treats once you know the dog treat ingredients to avoid.

Easy – We have simple recipes to choose from for those with little baking experience or little time. Easy dog treat recipes are also a great way to get kids involved in baking for the family dog.

Size – Dogs come in various sizes and so do their tummies. When you bake your own treats you can size them to fit your needs. You can find many different sizes of dog cookie cutters to fit the theme of the season or event. Check out our dog biscuit recipes to see the fun shapes we have used like our bones, hearts, pumpkins, carrots, gingerbread men, and even turkeys!

Special Needs – Is your dog in need of weight management, does she have dog food allergies or is he in need of dental care? If your dog has these or other special needs, you can bake the dog biscuits he requires.

Source: Dog Treat Kitchen, http://www.dogtreatkitchen.com/

Easy Doggy Treat Recipes Suggestions

Leftover Mix
Go to your kitchen and go get all the leftovers from your refrigerator to make a more tasty trail mix which can be perfect for your hike or a snack for the dog park.

Ingredients:

  • Potatoes
  • Vegetables
  • Pieces of meat (rinse off any flavoring)
  • Fruits except grapes or raisins

How to:

  1. Cut all the ingredients into 1/2 inch thick.
  2. Put a bit of cooking spray.
  3. Put it in a food dehydrator or inside a preheated (200 degrees) oven until dried.
  4. Design the mixture into your desired shape by using a food shaper.

Frozen Peanut Butter Treats
This snack would be a perfect treat when he is indulged in a vigorous play session.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 32oz vanilla yogurt

How to:

  1. Using a microwave safe bowl, melt the peanut butter.
  2. Mix the melted peanut butter and yogurt.
  3. Pour the mixture into small cupcake papers and place in the freezer.

Simple Doggy Biscuit

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 whole wheat flour (you can use oats or regular flour if he is allergic to wheat).
  • 1 tsp or less of salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1 tsp. chicken/beef bouillon granules (you can use chicken/beef stock if you want).

Optional add ons:
liver spread, cheese, bacon bits, eggs, oats or wheat germ.

How to:

  1. Preheat your oven (350 degrees)
  2. Dissolve the bouillon in hot water.
  3. Mix the remaining ingredients.
  4. Knead the dough-like mixture into a ball-shape.
  5. Roll the mixture until it is 1/2 inch thick.
  6. Using a cookie cutter, cut the mixture into bone shape or other shapes that you want.
  7. Place the pieces in a slightly greased cookie sheet and cook for 30 minutes.

Apple Pupcakes
A delicious and fruity treat that your pekingese will surely love.

Ingredients:

  • 2 3/4 cups water
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 medium egg
  • 4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/8 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 cup unsweetened dried apple chips

How to:

  1. Preheat your oven (350 degrees).
  2. Mix the egg, applesauce, vanilla, water and honey in a bowl.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix it until it blends well.
  4. Pour the mixture in a slightly greased muffin pans and bake for 1 1/4 hours.

When preparing homemade doggie treats, see to it that you know what ingredients your pet is allergic to. By all means, avoid the ingredients that you know your pet has a history with. And if you are in the mood of experimenting flavors into his treat, try to give him small amounts first and observe how he will react to it until you give him all of the treats. Lastly, be sure to store your treats in an airtight container and freeze. Before giving the treat to your pekingese, try to thaw the treat for 10-20 minutes first. By freezing the treats, it can last upto 6 months.

If you decide to try one of the said recipes above, please do give us a feedback after you have used it and how your pet reacted to it.  Any further recipe suggestions? Leave it on the comment box below so that everyone can also try your tasty treat.

 

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