New Product At The Diabetic Dog Bakery

Bones at the Diabetic Dog Bakery

We are pleased to offer a new product at the Diabetic Dog Bakery, the ‘Bones and Bones’ dog treats. We offer 5 flavors: Mint and Parsley, Sweet Potato, Pumpkin and Banana, Blueberry, plus Flaxseed and Cherry.

‘Bones and Bones’ is a product we have decided to offer again. We sold them successfully for the first 3 years in our bakery but upon relocating for my husband’s company, we were not set up to offer them. We were asked by our long-time customers to reconsider baking our captivating recipe for ‘Bones and Bones’.  We changed our minds!

Order as many pounds as you like and join the satisfaction that our long-time customers know.  We look forward to introducing our ‘Bones and Bones’ to new four-legged customers.

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44% Off Sale At The Diabetic Dog Bakery

Healthy Hearts

Starting today, we will be offering our Healthy Hearts, Bark Boxes and Italian Chowsers at 44% off. We were able to get a discounted shipment from our large vendor this month, which enabled us to            give a 44% discount on these items. Each pound will be baked fresh.

Customer comments have shown that our diabetic-friendly dog treats have not elevated their 4-legged family member’s glucose levels. We already knew this but love reading and knowing that our        customers are seeing this exciting fact too.

RECALL: Two Abady Frozen Dog Foods

On June 19th, 2013, the Robert Abady Company of New York announced a voluntary recall of their two frozen dog food products due to Salmonella contamination.

1. Abady Frozen High Stress/High Performance Dog Food 3 lbs
2. Abady Frozen Growth Formula for Puppies of the Large & Giant Breed 31bs

The affected dog foods were distributed via retail stores and kennels in these states:

  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • New York

Please contact the Abady Company directly at 845-473-1900 or 877-99-ABADY with any question you may have.

Are Monarch Butterflies Toxic?

Fall has come over most of the U.S. states and with that comes our beautiful monarch butterflies eating to gain strength for their Mexican flight over winter.

As each butterfly drinks their selected nectar of  milk weed, they gain in toxic strength to dogs and cats.  Milk weed is a known toxin for dogs and cats.  The problem lies in a toxic flying object which draws them to jump in anticipation of a sweet snack.

Keeping in mind that the more you attract Monarchs to your yard with butterfly bushes and similar landscaping, it will bring that toxic possibilities closer to your beloved pets.  Some of the common signs of toxicity to watch for are:

  • vomiting
  • drooling with nausea
  • weakness or collapsing
  • dilated pupils
  • tremors
  • seizures
  • abnormal heart rate
  • death

Basic Dog Kibble Recipe and How to Make it Organic and Healthy

Due to the continued use of ingredients from China by U.S. dog food companies and continued recalls of contaminated dog food and treats, I have decided to bake kibble for our dogs each week. Below is a recipe I found but have made changes to make it organic and healthy. I have changed the instructions but have left the ingredients crossed out so that you can see how I changed the recipe to make it healthier. Keep in mind when reading dog food or treat recipes:

– Dogs cannot digest milk products (it is the lactose in the milk)

– Some dogs are allergic to whole wheat flour or rye flour because of the gluten

– Bone meal is necessary to build strong dog bones

– Salt is not needed to be added in most recipes

– Worcestershire sauce has many spices including onion and garlic, that is not needed in a dog’s diet

–  Homemade vegetable broth is far more healthier than store bought (salt added) broth

– Fresh fruit and vegetables are healthier than dried

– Always substitute pork products with healthier lean meat, such as turkey or chicken

This is a basic kibble recipe that you can change for varying taste.  Seal enough fresh healthy dog kibble in a Seal-a-Meal food storage bag (or similar type of bag)  for each day. The kibble will keep in an airtight container for several weeks in the refrigerator or several months in the freezer.  Every morning take out one bag of frozen kibble and place in the refrigerator so you will have fresh kibble for the next day.  (1 c. per dog x 2 meals = 4 c. fresh kibble for 2 dogs)

4 cups whole wheat flour or oat flour
2 cups rye flour or brown rice flour

1/2 cup pumpkin powder
2 cups nonfat milk powder
2 teaspoons bone meal
1 cup flaxseed

1/2 cup oat bran
2 1/2 3 tablespoons dried parsley spinach flakes or 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon kosher salt
4 eggs
1 cup corn oil  1/2 cup Blended oil
4 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
3 cups water or 1 cup homemade broth
4 cups  1-1/2 lbs. cooked ground beef, pork, lamb, duck, chicken or turkey
2 large cooked and puréed sweet potatoes or 1 – 15 oz. canned organic pure pumpkin
1-1/2 cups chopped dried apples or  4 medium chopped fresh apples
2 cups frozen chopped spinach – thawed and drained or 1 large pkg. of frozen spinach

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray two large cookie sheets with nonstick cooking spray.

2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flours, pumpkin powder, bone meal, wheat germ, oat bran, and parsley.

3. In a smaller bowl, beat the eggs and blend them with the oil, broth, pumpkin, spinach, apples and meat.

4. Fold in the wet ingredient mixture and combine it until evenly distributed. It takes elbow grease to mix this but you can use a Kitchen-aid mixer.

5. Spread the dough onto the two cookie sheets while making it very flat. Use a knife to score into long lengths but do not score width wise.

8. Bake for 45 minutes or until the kibble is golden brown.

9. When you remove the kibble from the oven, it will be  moist. Let it sit on cooling racks for about 30 minutes. Then separate the rows of kibble and cut into bite-sized squares. I have basset hounds and decided to cut the kibble into 1/2″ squares. After separating the kibble, place back into the oven for another 30 minutes and then turn off the oven but leave the kibble in the oven.

Variations:  Other healthy ingredients you can add for flavor and beneficial nutrients:  barley, fresh basil leaf, beets, carrots, green beans, green peas, nutritional yeast flakes, potatoes, rolled oats, rosemary and zucchini.

Target Store Brand Dog Treats Recalled

Target store brand, Boots and Barkley, has been voluntarily “recalled” for salmonella contamination on September 21, 2012. The American Beef Bully Sticks were manufactured by the Denver-based Kasel Associated Industries.

Salmonella bacteria can sicken dogs when they are eaten or humans can become sick by handing the bully sticks and NOT washing their hands throughly.

The following lots are being recalled: BESTBY20APR2014DEN, BESTBY01JUN2014DEN, BESTBY23JUN2014DEN, and BESTBY23SEP2014DEN and were all sold between April 2012 and September 2012.

Complete information can be found at the official FDA website.

Pancreatic Dogs and L-Glutamine

Have you ever heard of L-glutamine?  I had not until reading a book on dog nutrition and coming across a chapter about L-glutamine. It is an amino acid that can help the intestinal mucosa to recover in a pancreatic dog.  Natural sources for L-glutamine are spinach, parsley, beets, beans, beef, chicken, fish, eggs and milk.

Now I understand why my vet would suggest rice, homemade chicken broth, spinach and organic chicken when our basset hounds were not eating for a period of time.

Muddy Paws

When dealing with muddy paws on the carpet, just sprinkle with enough baking soda to cover the mud print and let it dry.  Once dry, vacuum up the baking soda and dirt.  If there is a light stain, spray with carpet stain remover and it should lift right up.

Mud is always much easier to remove when it is dry so never try to clean it when the muddy paw prints is wet.  It will just smear deeper into the carpet fibers.

Howling for rainy days!

Caution With Feeding Berries to Dogs

Raspberries are known to assist in blood sugar regulation in humans and as I was researching a new diabetic friendly dog treat for our bakery, I realized that raspberries are toxic to dogs.  Not only are raspberries toxic but strawberries, blueberries, boysenberries and corn cobs.  The corn cobs were a surprise because we have given our dogs fresh cooked corn-on-the-cob during our MN fall season.  Xylitol is toxic to dogs and is common in chewing gum.  With the explosion of sugar substitutes in human food, xylitol is the sugar substitute of choice with our families.

Xylitol is widely distributed throughout nature in small amounts. Some of the best sources are fruits, berries, mushrooms, lettuce, hardwoods and corn cobs.  One cup of raspberries contain less than one gram of xylitol. I realize this sounds like a small amount but it adds up.  Or if your furry child is sensitive to some food ingredients, please be cautious in reading the ingredient labels.

 

 

Fresh Dog Treats or Up To A Year Old?

On a regular basis, I check out other online dog bakeries for marketing ideas.  Recently I came across a bakery that advertised their 100% human grade ingredients without any preservatives and was guaranteed a shelf life of at least one year.  This statement is a contradiction of offering a fresh and nutritional dog treat.  I don’t want to eat something that old and why should our dogs.

The Diabetic Dog Bakery prides itself on using fresh organic ingredients, hand-cut and baked to order dog treats which encourage our clients to get excited about tasting our delivered treats.  There are no good reasons (in our eyes) to keep dog treats for up to a year before eating.

Do you have a differing viewpoint?  Please share.