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Benefits of Chia Seeds | Chia Seeds for Dogs, Cats and You. The chia plant is in the mint family and comes in a white chia or black chia variety. Both the chia seeds and the chia plant, or microgreens, are edible and carry a variety of health benefits. Let’s take a look at chia health benefits.

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Health Benefits of Chia Seeds

Benefits of Chia Seeds | Chia Seeds for Dogs, Cats and You. The chia plant is in the mint family and comes in a white chia or black chia variety. Both the chia seeds and the chia plant, or microgreens, are edible and carry a variety of health benefits. Let’s take a look at chia health benefits.
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Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia. Yeah, I said it, or wrote it. You know you were singing it in your head. The Chia Pet isn’t just a funny gag gift—those little chia seeds and the chia plant actually have a lot of health benefits for you and your pets.

The chia plant is in the mint family and comes in a white chia or black chia variety. Both the chia seeds and the chia plant, or microgreens, are edible and carry a variety of health benefits. Let’s take a look at chia health benefits.

Chia seeds are packed with nutrients and naturally boost energy and endurance. In the Mayan culture, chia actually means strength. Chia seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids; vitamins A, B, E, and D; minerals, fiber, calcium, and protein, and are a great source of antioxidants. All these wonderful properties make the chia seed heart-healthy, aids in digestion and bone strength, and even help repair cell damage. This tiny little seed is great for the immune system, joints, eyes, and hair/fur. With all these health benefits of the chia seed, it is one heck of a superfood.

When feeding your dog, cat, or yourself a chia product, you can eat the seeds whole or ground, or soak them in a liquid. If soaking in a liquid, they will form a jelly-like substance. Soaking chia seeds releases more nutrients and allows the seed to be digested better. These super seeds pack a lot of punch. Use ¼ teaspoon per 10 pounds, 2 teaspoons maximum for large-breed dogs. Adult people can eat approximately 2-3 tablespoons a day.


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Benefits of Chia Seeds | Chia Seeds for Dogs, Cats and You. The chia plant is in the mint family and comes in a white chia or black chia variety. Both the chia seeds and the chia plant, or microgreens, are edible and carry a variety of health benefits. Let’s take a look at chia health benefits.
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Best Probiotics for Women, Men, Dogs and Cats. Understanding Pre- and Probiotics for Dogs, Cats, and People. You know I'm a big believer in reading the ingredient labels in all our pets’ products, but when I turn over a box or jar of probiotics, I'm totally confused. I'm not a microbiologist! So I asked some experts in the field of microbiology and pet health for help in understanding probiotics for pets and ourselves

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Best Probiotics for Women, Men, Dogs and Cats. Understanding Pre- and Probiotics for Dogs, Cats, and People. You know I'm a big believer in reading the ingredient labels in all our pets’ products, but when I turn over a box or jar of probiotics, I'm totally confused. I'm not a microbiologist! So I asked some experts in the field of microbiology and pet health for help in understanding probiotics for pets and ourselves
Finding the best probiotics

What do you know about probiotics and prebiotics for ourselves and our pets? I’ve learned over the years that probiotics and probiotics are great for our gut health and our pet’s gut, and have many health benefits. I also know that when a dog, cat, or person is on antibiotics, probiotics should be added. I’ve also learned that prebiotics feed the probiotics, so they work well together. But what I don’t know is how probiotics really work from a cellular level and how to choose (besides what my holistic veterinarian suggests) the best probiotics for my dog, cat, or myself. You know I’m a big believer in reading the ingredient labels in all our pets’ products, but when I turn over a box or jar of probiotics, I’m totally confused. I’m not a microbiologist! So I asked some experts in the field of microbiology and pet health for help in understanding probiotics for pets and ourselves. 🙂

Health Benefits of Probiotics for Dogs, Cats and People.

Unless your doctor or veterinarian advises against the use of probiotics, all of us can benefit from the use of daily probiotics. Our health is ruled by our gut. Probiotics aid in good gut health by helping our digestion. They provide good bacteria while inhibiting the bad bacteria. A good probiotic helps soothe the intestines and lessen inflammation, which can assist with diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Stressed pets and people also can benefit from a healthy dose of probiotics, since stress disrupts our gut.

If you find yourself or your pet on antibiotics or steroids, taking a probiotic or even increasing your probiotic dose may be recommended by your doctor or holistic veterinarian. The use of antibiotics or steroids can decrease the good bacteria in the gut and decrease the immune system. By using a natural probiotic, you can increase your gut health, increase the good bacteria and fight off the bad bacteria.

Choosing the Best Probiotics

Trying to figure out the best probiotic for Dexter The Dog and Nutter The Cat has had me confused for quite some time. I’ve previously purchased pet probiotics from the recommendation of a few great holistic veterinarians, but I really want to be able to wrap my head around how to choose myself. How many CFUs should be in a probiotic? What are the best ingredients in a probiotic? How should a probiotic be stored? These were my top three questions when starting this article.

Holistic Housecall Veterinarian Dr. Patrick Mahaney suggests using a variety of bacterial types to benefit both the small and large intestines. Dr. Mahaney says, “Lactobacillus sp. primarily resides and functions in the small intestine while Bifidobacterium sp. populates the large intestine (colon). Other bacterial varieties can exist in a commensal manner in the small or large intestine besides the above-mentioned.”

Douglas Toal, PhD is a board-certified clinical microbiologist and founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Liberty Bion, and he agrees with variety. He provides this helpful scenario. “A high-quality probiotic supplement includes formulations with a diverse set of beneficial strains and high bacterial count. Look for supplements that have at least 10 strains of healthy probiotics. The supplement should include Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium species. The most common and clinically proven Lactobacillus species is Lactobacillus acidophilus and this organism can be found in almost all supplements and yogurts. Bifidobacterium lactis is also a popular probiotic that has been extensively studied. Other common probiotics include Bifidobacterium longum, Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Lactobacillus salivarius, and Lactobacillus casei. I suggest finding probiotic formulations with these species since they have evaluated for efficacy.” Mr. Toal continues by saying, “If you introduce probiotics with variety, your chances of finding one that works for you will improve.” He also suggests changing your probiotic variety or brand every three to four months to add diversity.

How many Colony Forming Units (CFU) of probiotics should dogs, cats or humans take? I fell a little short in my search for the answer for our pets. I looked around and various natural pet websites I trust, and found over 5 CFU would be a good starting point. For people, Dr. Toal says at least 10 CFU per capsule.

Understanding Ingredients in Natural Probiotics

Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus casei….what the heck? You know by now that I want to know exactly what things are and mean when I read a product label. Are those words real food items? Are they synthetic? Healthy? It was time to ask the friendly microbiologist, Douglas Toal. “The strains that are commercialized and sold as probiotic supplements are natural. Keep in mind that these are not food sources nor are they synthesized. Since probiotic strains are living cells – they are able to multiply in the laboratory (i.e., given the right amount of food). Therefore it is possible to grow, multiply and package the strains in manufacturing facilities.” Whew. No way would I have been able to figure that out by reading the label. Dr. Toal continues by telling me, “An interesting aspect of probiotics that most people are not aware of is that each strain was initially isolated from a healthy person (i.e., in the case of Lactobacillus strains, Bifidobacterium strains, and some others) or from an environmental source such as soil (i.e., in the case of Bacillus strains). So the commercial probiotics that we take today were once part of the gut microbiota of a healthy person 10-30 years ago, isolated from the person because of its unique characteristics and then propagated, further evaluated and commercialized.” That’s pretty cool stuff!

Best Probiotics for Women, Men, Dogs and Cats. Understanding Pre- and Probiotics for Dogs, Cats, and People. You know I'm a big believer in reading the ingredient labels in all our pets’ products, but when I turn over a box or jar of probiotics, I'm totally confused. I'm not a microbiologist! So I asked some experts in the field of microbiology and pet health for help in understanding probiotics for pets and ourselves
Growing probiotic strains.

Are Prebiotics Necessary When Taking Probiotics?

A 4th generation Japanese herbalist and macrobiologist, Marc Ching offers these tips about the use of prebioticis. “Prebiotics nourish and support the growth of probiotics that in turn support the digestive health and immune system.” Prebiotics can be eaten as whole foods such as apples, asparagus, bananas, flaxseeds, and seaweed. Dr. Toal recommends people eat 4-8 grams of prebiotic fiber each day. He says, “If you are eating enough fruits and vegetables, then you likely do not need prebiotic supplements – although many supplements contain a wide variety of fiber from different sources (i.e., 10 or more different fruits and vegetables). If you are like me – I only eat 3-4 different fruits/vegetables per day and so there is value in finding a prebiotic with a wide variety of fiber from different fruits and vegetables.” He also offers this additional tip, “Since prebiotic fiber can cause bloating, it is important to start with half doses for about a week until the body adapts.”

Understanding Ingredients in Natural Prebiotics

Now I’m back to that ingredient panel. Now that I’ve learned probiotic strains are living cells with weird-looking names grown in a laboratory, what about prebiotics? How do I recognize them on a label? Dr. Toal explained this to me as well. “Since prebiotics should be extracted from fruit and vegetable sources, the ingredients should include the name of the fruit/vegetable that the fiber was extracted from. For instance when the label reads “chicory root inulin” rather than “inulin” then at least you know that it is from chicory root. Also, I recommend looking for the word “organic” in the ingredients such as “Organic Acacia Fiber.” Also, some prebiotic ingredients may indicate that the ingredient comes from a modified source, such as “modified citrus pectin” or “modified potato resistant starch.” In this case the prebiotic was prepared from a modified source – for instance, perhaps the source/product was treated with acid to lower viscosity. So if the consumer is concerned with modified ingredients, then they should avoid prebiotic supplements that contain ingredients that state “modified.””

Read Your Ingredient Label Carefully

Even though seeing the list of probiotic strands may be a bit overwhelming, it’s still super important to read the ingredient panel. Just because a dog probiotic may have good stuff inside, doesn’t mean it doesn’t have things to avoid inside as well. I was reading one pet probiotic label and found some ingredients that were not only unnecessary such as “beef flavor” but downright scary, such as Polysorbate 80, animal digest and other harmful ingredients. So, be careful and read carefully. As a quick side-note, pets do not digest dairy products very well, so I don’t personally recommend yogurt or other milk products to provide probiotics for my pets.

Storing Probiotics

Remember, probiotics are living cells and must be stored properly to survive and to be beneficial to our health. Mr. Ching gave me these tips, “If you find pet food that says they contain probiotics and it is located on an unrefrigerated shelf, walk away. The probiotic is most likely dead by now. Probiotics are to be kept cool; they are very sensitive to heat and moisture. If not kept at cool temperatures, the living organisms inside will die and they will be useless.”

Final Thoughts on Finding The Best Probiotics

After speaking with microbiologist, macrobiologist, and veterinarian, I feel I finally have a handle on how to find the best probiotic for my dog, cat and myself. I wanted to thank Dr. Douglas Toal, Dr. Patrick Mahaney, and Marc Ching for providing such helpful information and answering my questions on probiotics.


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Is poultry bad for your dog or cat? Well, yes and no. Here’s the scoop on poultry and pets, and why you will never find the ingredient poultry in YOUR food. What?

Have I totally confused you yet? I want you to picture what poultry looks like or what it is……OK. Do you have a picture? Was it a chicken? Turkey? Goose? Ah, do you see where I’m going with this? The ingredient poultry is any remnant of any bird that has been rendered in a pet-food rendering plant.

Healthy and Not Healthy Pet Food Ingredients. Your dogs, cats, roadkill, and zoo animals are also included in rendering plants! Yes, you read that right. Have you ever seen either of these words in your pet's food or treats: “meat,” “animal,” “animal by-product,” or “meat by-product”? You can be assured that this includes pets! 
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What is a rendering plant and why is it best to avoid those ingredients in your pet’s food? First, the feed that comes out of a rendering plant is not fit for human consumption. That right there means I’d never feed it to my dog or cat. Rendering plants recycle the scraps, waste, and goo from a slaughterhouse. This also includes all the rejected food from the human food industry.

Your dogs, cats, roadkill, and zoo animals are also included in rendering plants! Yes, you read that right. Have you ever seen either of these words in your pet’s food or treats: “meat,” “animal,” “animal by-product,” or “meat by-product”? You can be assured that this includes pets! A quote from JIV Day, “One estimate states that some 40 billion pounds of slaughterhouse wastes like blood, bone, and viscera, as well as the remains of millions of euthanized cats and dogs passed along by veterinarians and animal shelters, are rendered annually into livestock feed.” Livestock feed is pet food.

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So, the next time you are reading your pet food label and you see a vague term like poultry, fish, meat, or animal, you can be assured that meat came from a rendering plant. In all honesty, MOST (not all) meat ingredients from large pet food companies come from unsavory sources. Do your homework before feeding your pet. Remember, you are what you eat.


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Healthy and Not Healthy Pet Food Ingredients. Your dogs, cats, roadkill, and zoo animals are also included in rendering plants! Yes, you read that right. Have you ever seen either of these words in your pet's food or treats: “meat,” “animal,” “animal by-product,” or “meat by-product”? You can be assured that this includes pets! 
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Friday's Favorite Five: Items for The Active Dog. Do you have an active dog or active dogs on your hands? There are many active dog breeds, including small active dogs. Keeping these dogs both mentally and physically busy and engaged is key to living with them and enjoying their company. In today's Friday's Favorite Five you will find active dog toys and dog-friendly activities to do with your dog.

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Do you have an active dog or active dogs on your hands? There are many active dog breeds, including small active dogs. Keeping these dogs both mentally and physically busy and engaged is key to living with them and enjoying their company. In today’s Friday’s Favorite Five you will find active dog toys and dog-friendly activities to do with your dog.

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Dog-Friendly Retail Stores in Manchester, Vermont | Dog-Friendly Orvis Retail Store. The Orvis flagship store. We enjoyed exploring the dog-friendly Orvis store. The employees were so nice and friendly. It seemed that Dexter The Dog and his friend Levi were a hit. Employees and guests came up to us to say hello.

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Dog-Friendly Retail Stores in Manchester, Vermont

Dog-Friendly Orvis Retail Store

Dog-Friendly Retail Stores in Manchester, Vermont | Dog-Friendly Orvis Retail Store. The Orvis flagship store. We enjoyed exploring the dog-friendly Orvis store. The employees were so nice and friendly. It seemed that Dexter The Dog and his friend Levi were a hit. Employees and guests came up to us to say hello.
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Dexter The Dog and I love visiting dog-friendly stores and we love our outdoor adventures, so the Orvis Retail Store in Manchester, Vermont was a must-see. After all, it is the Orvis flagship store. We enjoyed exploring the dog-friendly Orvis store. The employees were so nice and friendly. It seemed that Dexter The Dog and his friend Levi were a hit. Employees and guests came up to us to say hello.

Orvis is known for their fly-fishing gear and Dexter and I snooped around at all their displays. My step-dad is a fly fisherman and I knew he would have loved all that Orvis had to offer. They even had a neat bulk fly fishing section where you can purchase and make your own flies. To top it off, Orvis offers FREE fly fishing classes. Yes, I’m thinking Vermont may need to be a do-over with my step-dad and Mom.

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After Dexter, Levi, Chris and I toured the inside of Orvis, we headed to the outside. It was time to see the trout pond that doubles as a hands-on experience during the fly fishing classes. But before stepping out, we purchased a handful of trout food to feed the trout. Dexter was thrilled and excited to see the big trout coming up for the food. He really loves watching fish—he’s a fishing dog! After we had given the trout all of their food, we walked around the pond and even sat for a few moments on one of the many benches while we watched the families enjoying feeding the trout.

The Orvis flagship store is definitely a great place to stop on any dog-friendly vacation. Don’t forget to bring some spending money, as Orvis sells a nice variety of dog supplies, including beds and collars.


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Dog-Friendly Retail Stores in Manchester, Vermont | Dog-Friendly Orvis Retail Store. The Orvis flagship store. We enjoyed exploring the dog-friendly Orvis store. The employees were so nice and friendly. It seemed that Dexter The Dog and his friend Levi were a hit. Employees and guests came up to us to say hello.
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Today is National Crab Meat Day and National Meatball Day. I thought I’d take this time to talk about the health benefits of crab and then provide you a healthy dog treat recipe from my dog treat cookbook, Dexter’s Delights, that includes both crab meat and meatballs, so stay tuned until the end of this blog post.

I will first admit, I am not a fan of crab, or any seafood for that matter. My taste-buds are boring, I know. I do, however, continue to try new foods in the hopes that my taste buds will change. But, back to crab meat and the health benefits of crab for both ourselves and our pets.

Crabs are crustaceans with five pairs of legs, the front ones being their pincers. You can find crabs on many shorelines, including the tropics where crabs can even be found on land. They are funny little creatures to look at and watch. There are over 4,500 species of crabs! That’s a lot of crabs! Ten species of crabs tend to be on our dinner plates.

What makes the crab such a healthy seafood menu item? Well, for starters, crab meat is high in omega-3 fatty acids, making this crustacean a heart-healthy meal. Omega-3 fatty acids help act as an anti-inflammatory, which not only helps the heart, but also the brain. Toss in nutrients such as vitamin B2, selenium, and copper, which helps with brain activity and cognition. These nutrients also help arthritis and gastrointestinal inflammation. That’s a lot of activity for such a funny looking creature.

When you look at the health benefits of crab from a Traditional Chinese Medicine standpoint, crab is energetically cooling. Crabs help move stagnation, excess heat, and toxins in the digestive system, making them a natural solution for constipation. It also helps move blood stagnation and circulation, decreasing inflammation, making the crab a good choice in the event of an injury.

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Cool Tricks to Teach Your Dog |Teaching Your Dog to Go to His Bed or Station. Teaching your dog to go to a specific place on cue and stay can help in a variety of ways. You can teach your dog to go to his spot when the doorbell rings, when you’re eating dinner, or even when you want to clean up a spill. It’s a great behavior to use when teaching a variety of dog tricks and freestyle dog dancing.

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Cool Tricks to Teach Your Dog |Teaching Your Dog to Go to His Bed or Station. Teaching your dog to go to a specific place on cue and stay can help in a variety of ways. You can teach your dog to go to his spot when the doorbell rings, when you’re eating dinner, or even when you want to clean up a spill. It’s a great behavior to use when teaching a variety of dog tricks and freestyle dog dancing.
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Teaching your dog to go to a specific place on cue and stay can help in a variety of ways. You can teach your dog to go to his spot when the doorbell rings, when you’re eating dinner, or even when you want to clean up a spill. It’s a great behavior to use when teaching a variety of dog tricks and freestyle dog dancing.

The wrong way to use station training. Over the years I have seen some dog trainers, particularly those using shock collar training, use station training in an inappropriate way. This note is not to address shock collar training, which I am firmly against, but when not to use a station or stay behavior with a dog.

As a dog parent or dog trainer, it is important to understand our dog’s emotions clearly. If a dog is uncomfortable, we need to help that dog feel more comfortable and secure. The STAY behavior should be used very cautiously and with our dog’s best interests and feelings in mind the entire time of the stay. If you ask your dog to go to his station and stay during a time he’s stressed or uncomfortable, this not only will teach your dog the station or stay cue is stressful, but that situation he’s in may also be stressful.

I never feel that a dog should be put on a stay and allowed to be petted or handled by strangers without the dog owner’s active interaction with the dog and stranger. I personally always feel that my dog deserves the ability to move away during petting; he should not be forced to be greeted. A lot of dogs will STAY because they were taught to and will tolerate the interaction or situation, but are not comfortable. To me, this is not being a dog’s advocate. But I digress.

Steps in teaching your dog to go to a station, bed, mat, or spot.

  1. Choose a quiet environment.
  2. Place a special rug, towel, or pet blanket on the floor. This station should be portable so that you can take it on the go, such as when you vacation with your dog.
  3. Lure your dog with a healthy dog treat to step on the station with all four feet. Say YES! as soon as he steps on it and give him a tasty dog treat. Repeat this 5 times.
  4. Next, lure your dog on the station, this time ask him to DOWN on the station. As soon as he does, YES! and treat. Repeat again 5 times.
Cool Tricks to Teach Your Dog |Teaching Your Dog to Go to His Bed or Station. Teaching your dog to go to a specific place on cue and stay can help in a variety of ways. You can teach your dog to go to his spot when the doorbell rings, when you’re eating dinner, or even when you want to clean up a spill. It’s a great behavior to use when teaching a variety of dog tricks and freestyle dog dancing.
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Your dog’s progression will depend on how quickly he responds to your gestures and requests. Once your dog is really understanding and is even starting to anticipate going to his station and lying down, it’s time to provide your dog with his training cue. In other words, what you want to call this behavior. Go to your bed, go to your mat, etc.

  1. Tell your dog “go to your mat” and gesture to his mat. Once he lies down on his mat, say YES and follow up with a reward or even a jackpot! Repeat 5 times.
  2. As your dog gets better and better, increase the distance away from the mat. Instead of standing 5” away from the mat, stand 1′ away. Ask your dog to go to his mat, provide a little gesture and say YES and reward when he does.

Continue working on adding distance away from your dog’s mat and lessening the gesture until eventually your dog responds to his verbal cue from across the room without any gestures. Through your dog training lessons and proofing, you will eventually teach your dog to be able to go to his mat and stay even around distractions.


Can you think of a time in your life where this training behavior can come in handy? Tell me in the comments.

Cool Tricks to Teach Your Dog |Teaching Your Dog to Go to His Bed or Station. Teaching your dog to go to a specific place on cue and stay can help in a variety of ways. You can teach your dog to go to his spot when the doorbell rings, when you’re eating dinner, or even when you want to clean up a spill. It’s a great behavior to use when teaching a variety of dog tricks and freestyle dog dancing.
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Friday's Favorite Five: Pet Treat Making Supplies and Gifts. You want to find the best healthy dog treats and healthy cat treats, but that can sometimes seem impersonal. You love your dog and cat and you want to provide them with the best treats available, so make them yourself! It's easy to find healthy homemade dog treat recipes and healthy homemade cat treat recipes (click for ideas). But you may need a few treat making supplies. Here are five great items to get you baking for your pets.

Friday’s Favorite Five: Pet Treat Making and Baking Supplies

Friday’s Favorite Five: Pet Treat Making Supplies and Gifts (3/3/2017)

Friday's Favorite Five: Pet Treat Making Supplies and Gifts. You want to find the best healthy dog treats and healthy cat treats, but that can sometimes seem impersonal. You love your dog and cat and you want to provide them with the best treats available, so make them yourself! It's easy to find healthy homemade dog treat recipes and healthy homemade cat treat recipes (click for ideas). But you may need a few treat making supplies. Here are five great items to get you baking for your pets.
Homemade Pet Treat Supplies

You want to find the best healthy dog treats and healthy cat treats, but that can sometimes seem impersonal. You love your dog and cat and you want to provide them with the best treats available, so make them yourself! It’s easy to find healthy homemade dog treat recipes (click for ideas) and healthy homemade cat treat recipes (click for ideas). But you may need a few treat making supplies. Here are five great items to get you baking for your pets.

Ticent Dog Paws and Bones Cake Pan Baking Molds for Kids, Pets, Dog-lovers Cookie Treats, 100% Food Grade Silicone, No BPA. – Puppy Paws and Bones is great for baking; frozen dog snacks, perfect for coconut oil treats and even ice molds. Silicone bakeware molds to make biscuit for your dogs or treats for kids and bring you more fun.Bake cakes for doggie birthday or other celebration, promote your own pet business or barkery, or make unique, fun shaped paw and bone treats to celebrate a child’s dog themed party. Order today.

 

 

Paw Print Cake Pan by Fanpans- Perfect for cakes, bread, dessert molds, dips, etc. to show your dog or cat spirit. About 8 inches in length, 10 inches width, 2 inch depth. Perfect for a dog or cat birthday cake or even a large frozen community treat for the dog park.  Order today.

 

Dog Paw Cookie Cutter – Stainless Steel by Sweet Cookie Crumbs- Looking to make some treats for Fido? Use this dog paw cookie cutter for cutting out the perfect shape for your furry friends. * Size: 3.3″ tall x 3.3″ wide x 1″ deep * Material: Stainless Steel * Dishwasher Safe  Order today.

Nesco FD-61WHC Snackmaster Express Food Dehydrator All-In-One Kit with Jerky Gun- Helps dry food in hours, not days like ordinary food dehydrators. The top mounted fan eliminates the worry of liquids dripping into the the heating chamber! It contains everything needed to dry all types of food including top mounted fan, 5 trays, 5 jerky spices and cures, a jerky gun with 3 tips, 2 Fruit Roll Sheets, 2 Clean-A-Screens, and a recipe book/care use guide. Order today.

Dexter’s Delights: Fun and Healthy Treats for Dogs by Tonya Wilhelm….me! You didn’t think I would list 5 great homemade dog treat gadgets without mentioning my healthy pet treat book, did you? In this comprehensive dog treat book, you will learn fun ways to incorporate healthy foods, herbs and spices into y our dog’s treats. Say no to wheat, corn and sugar and yes to coconut oil, lean fish, and cinnamon. Get ready for some baking fun with this collection of more than 50 unique and beneficial dog treat recipes. Order today.


What would be your must have on the list? Tell me in the comments.

Friday's Favorite Five: Pet Treat Making Supplies and Gifts. You want to find the best healthy dog treats and healthy cat treats, but that can sometimes seem impersonal. You love your dog and cat and you want to provide them with the best treats available, so make them yourself! It's easy to find healthy homemade dog treat recipes and healthy homemade cat treat recipes (click for ideas). But you may need a few treat making supplies. Here are five great items to get you baking for your pets.
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Dog-Friendly Bennington Battle Monument. During our dog-friendly vacation to Vermont, we took a few day trips. One day we headed to Bennington, Vermont and visited the Bennington Battle Monument, which is the tallest structure in Vermont. 

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Dog-Friendly Vacations

Dog-Friendly Vermont Day Trips

Dog-Friendly Bennington Battle Monument. During our dog-friendly vacation to Vermont, we took a few day trips. One day we headed to Bennington, Vermont and visited the Bennington Battle Monument, which is the tallest structure in Vermont. 
Day Trips with Dogs

During our dog-friendly vacation to Vermont, we took a few day trips. One day we headed to Bennington, Vermont and visited the Bennington Battle Monument, which is the tallest structure in Vermont. I went inside The Monument Gift where they not only sold souvenirs from the Battle of Bennington in 1777, but tickets to tour the 306-foot-tall monument. I asked if the monument tour was dog-friendly and they explained as long as the tour guide was okay with it, yes. He was, so we did!

Dog-Friendly Bennington Battle Monument. During our dog-friendly vacation to Vermont, we took a few day trips. One day we headed to Bennington, Vermont and visited the Bennington Battle Monument, which is the tallest structure in Vermont. 
Dog-Friendly Bennington, Vermont

As the tour guide, Dexter, Levi, Chris and I took the elevator ride to the top of the Bennington Battle Monument, the tour guide provided us with a little lesson on the monument’s history. A group of people wanted to commemorate the Battle of Bennington and decided a monument would be a great way to memorialize the battle and at the same time store all the military supplies which had been the object of the battle.

After some funding and design issues, a proposal from John Phillipp Rinn, an architect from Boston, was approved. William Ward of Lowell, Massachusetts was hired as the contractor. The foundation was laid in 1887 and the monument was completed in 1891. The monument is constructed from blue-grey magnesian limestone and rough-faced, with the exception of two horizontal bands near the observatory level. The observation level has 20 eleven-foot slotted openings that provide a wonderful view of the area.

Dog-Friendly Bennington Battle Monument. During our dog-friendly vacation to Vermont, we took a few day trips. One day we headed to Bennington, Vermont and visited the Bennington Battle Monument, which is the tallest structure in Vermont. 
Vermont Dog Activities

The tour guide told us we could visit as long as we wanted, there was no hurry. We strolled around the top of the monument, looking out all the windows. From the observation level, we could see Vermont, New York and Massachusetts. The view was amazing and Dexter really enjoyed sniffing the windows. The inside wall of the observation level had large aerial photos of the area. It was quite a unique experience.

Dog-Friendly Bennington Battle Monument. During our dog-friendly vacation to Vermont, we took a few day trips. One day we headed to Bennington, Vermont and visited the Bennington Battle Monument, which is the tallest structure in Vermont. 
Pet-Friendly Vermont Day Trips

After our inside tour of the monument, we went back down to stroll the grounds, which had a number of additional monuments and memorials. The four of us had a really nice dog-friendly day trip visiting Bennington Battle Monument. If you find yourself in the area, grab your dog and camera, and go check it out.

Dog-Friendly Bennington Battle Monument. During our dog-friendly vacation to Vermont, we took a few day trips. One day we headed to Bennington, Vermont and visited the Bennington Battle Monument, which is the tallest structure in Vermont. 
Bennington, Vermont Dog-Friendly Tours


Would this be a dog-friendly destination you would enjoy? Tell me in the comments.

Dog-Friendly Bennington Battle Monument. During our dog-friendly vacation to Vermont, we took a few day trips. One day we headed to Bennington, Vermont and visited the Bennington Battle Monument, which is the tallest structure in Vermont. 
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Strawberries have many health benefits for your pets and yourself. These fragrant berries come from the rose family. They are a perfect sweet snack that you can pick from the plant and eat whole. One medium strawberry comes in at 4 calories. But don't let the small calorie count fool you: these healthy berries are high in vitamin C, magnesium and antioxidants. This allows the strawberry to be a good healthy choice to help boost the immune system and fight infection and free radicals. Add in cancer-fighting flavonoids, and this is one powerful heart-shaped food.

Health Benefits of Strawberries for Dogs, Cats and Us | Are Strawberries Good for You and Your Pets

Can Dogs Eat Strawberries? Health Benefits of Strawberries

Strawberries have many health benefits for your pets and yourself. These fragrant berries come from the rose family. They are a perfect sweet snack that you can pick from the plant and eat whole. One medium strawberry comes in at 4 calories. But don't let the small calorie count fool you: these healthy berries are high in vitamin C, magnesium and antioxidants. This allows the strawberry to be a good healthy choice to help boost the immune system and fight infection and free radicals. Add in cancer-fighting flavonoids, and this is one powerful heart-shaped food.
Strawberries for Pets

Happy National Strawberry Day. So, it’s a little strange that the national day for strawberries would be in late February when they are in prime season late spring through summer. Maybe it’s because they’re red and heart-shaped, reminding us of Valentine’s Day. Nevertheless, let’s talk strawberries.

Strawberries have many health benefits for your pets and yourself. These fragrant berries come from the rose family. They are a perfect sweet snack that you can pick from the plant and eat whole. One medium strawberry comes in at 4 calories. But don’t let the small calorie count fool you: these healthy berries are high in vitamin C, magnesium and antioxidants. This allows the strawberry to be a good healthy choice to help boost the immune system and fight infection and free radicals. Add in cancer-fighting flavonoids, and this is one powerful heart-shaped food.

When you look at the strawberry through Traditional Chinese Medicine, the strawberry is energetically cooling, making this an ideal fruit for the summer and to help soothe excess Yang. It also aids in quenching thirst; is moisturizing for the skin, lungs, liver, and kidneys; and helps with constipation.

The strawberry deserves a place on your plate and in your dog’s food bowl. Need some inspiration?  Check out my healthy recipe Strawberry Chia Ice Cream to Share.


Do you share strawberries with your pets? Tell me in the comments.

Strawberries have many health benefits for your pets and yourself. These fragrant berries come from the rose family. They are a perfect sweet snack that you can pick from the plant and eat whole. One medium strawberry comes in at 4 calories. But don't let the small calorie count fool you: these healthy berries are high in vitamin C, magnesium and antioxidants. This allows the strawberry to be a good healthy choice to help boost the immune system and fight infection and free radicals. Add in cancer-fighting flavonoids, and this is one powerful heart-shaped food.

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Dehydrate strawberries for a healthy snack

Healthy Dog Treat Recipes
Healthy dog treat recipes