Saturday, February 27, 2010

Maine Coon Cat Names and Abyssinian Cat Names

Looking for a unique name for your cat?  This article has cat name suggestions especially for Maine Coon cats and Abyssinian cats.  Take a look for a distinctive name for your kitten or cat.  Learn about the origin of the Maine Coon cat and Abyssinian cat too!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Homemade Dehydrated Dog Treats

Buying dog treats at the pet store these days is so expensive.  One small bag of liver treats or chicken jerky can cost up to $12.00.  This is so outrageous.  It’s much cheaper to buy your own ingredients for dog treats or use leftovers from your own meals. 
Here are a few of the homemade dog treats I make for my dog.  I usually use a dehydrator but these can be baked in a low temperature oven, as well.  My dog is a very picky eater and sometimes refuses store bought treats but he never refuses the homemade treats.  The dehydrated dog treats are perfect as rewards for training.
Dehydrated Chicken Liver, Gizzards, and Hearts
This is one of my dog’s favorites.  I even break up a few pieces and add it to his kibble and he gobbles it up.
I buy over a pound of chicken  livers, gizzards, and hearts for a couple of dollars.  Just place all the chicken parts on the dehydrator trays and dehydrate overnight.  These fill a gallon baggie and last much longer than store bought dog treats for a fraction of the cost.  An added benefit is that they are completely healthy with no added preservatives, coloring, or flavors.  Store them in the freezer and just take out a few when you’re ready.

Dehydrated beef live also makes a tasty treat. Just place the slabs of liver on the dehydrator tray and let it run for about 24 hours. My dog goes crazy over these. I score the liver with a knife, making diagonal cuts about 1/4 of the way through the liver before dehydrating. This helps break the liver into bite size pieces when its dry.
Dehydrated Ground Meats and Applesauce
Mix together two pounds of raw ground beef (the cheapest kind is fine) with about one cup of no sugar added applesauce.  The applesauce holds the meat together when it is dehydrated.  Add pureed butternut squash, sweet potatoes, or pumpkin to the mix for added flavor.  Spoon the beef mixture onto the plastic trays that fit onto the dehydrator trays.  If you don’t have any solid plastic inserts, you can use parchment paper on the dehydrator trays.  It works just as well.
Dehydrate the mixture overnight.  This beef mixture fills two gallon baggies.  I take these to agility classes and just break off pieces as I need them.  These homemade dog treats also store perfectly in the freezer.
Save some money and give your dog healthy treats by making dehydrated dog treats.  Be creative with the ingredients.  I’ve used my own leftovers, grinding or shredding the meat.  Some suggestions:  pot roast, fish, chicken, pork, or any leftover meat.
I also dehydrate whole fish, such as:  sardines, mackerel, pieces of tilapia, and even fresh fish that I caught myself.  My dog also enjoys whole frozen fish as a treat.
Hope this gives you some ideas to get started making your own healthy, inexpensive, dehydrated dog treats.

Exercise Your Dog on a Treadmill

I know my Collie never runs out of energy, even when he gets the zoomies outside.  When I bought a treadmill, I decided to teach by dog how to use it.  He loves every minute he's on the treadmill now and it gives him all the exercise that I wasn't able to give him.

This article, How to Teach Your Dog to Use the Treadmill tells all you need to know about training a dog to use the treadmill.  The article gives step by step instructions on how to train a dog on the treadmill.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Choosing the Best Fish for a Small Tank

If you'd like to enjoy the tranquil beauty of an aquarium but you don't have the space for a large fish tank, then consider a five gallon desktop fish tank.  These small fish tanks are perfect for countertops, nightstands, or desktops. 

The rule of thumb is to choose one tropical fish for every gallon of water.  When choosing small, community friendly fish will allow you to add a few more fish to a five gallon tank.

Read more to choose the best tropical fish for a small fish tank and enjoy the color and beauty of your own aquarium. 

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Cat and Dog Dental Health

Dental exams for cats and dogs are an important part of their veterinarian visits.  Dental problems begin when pets are still young but pet owners can help keep their pet's teeth healthy.

Read about the symptoms of dental disease in dogs and cats and how you can help keep your pet's teeth and gums healthy.

Brush your pet's teeth today!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Dogs Coming to Twitter

I just came across this announcement that Mattel Toys is releasing a new dog tag that allows dogs to twitter messages on their own accounts.

Hard to believe?  Yes, it is.  Read more about the new twitter dog tag that actually posts messages from your dog!