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Doggy stores are full of dog treats - bacon, sausage, bones; you name it and they will stock it.

But why not take a step back from commercial purchasing for your dog treats and have a go at creating some at home?

Here are some ideas for great, natural, dog treats that will keep your dog coming back for more.

1. Ice Pops

Try pouring some stock into a bowl, adding bits of leftover meat and put the bowl in the freezer. You will have a fantastic canine iced lolly to turn out into the yard on sunny days. It will keep your dog busy for hours.

Or why not try peanut butter pops? Dip tiny pieces of apple or carrot into smooth peanut butter then drop them into an ice cube tray and freeze. Another sunny day treat which your dog will love and it's extra healthy too.

2. Carrots

Whole carrots are great treats; they are like a natural toothbrush and most dogs will give them a go.

3. Frozen Banana

Tiny chunks of frozen banana are super sweet dog treats. You can even dip them into natural yogurt before freezing, just to make them that bit more special.

4. Plain Popcorn

Popcorn is an easy treat that you can share. Just ensure that your dog's popcorn is butter, salt and sugar free to keep him healthy.

5. Berries

Ripe blueberries and strawberries are sweet and juicy and many dogs love them. Be careful though because, if unripe, the blueberry is quite sour.

By offering your dog a berry that's too tangy you could put him off for life.

6. Beef or Chicken Strips

Slice beef or chicken into bite sized bits and simply cook them in the oven. These treats are great for reward-based training sessions because they will motivate your dog to perform at his very best.

7. Chopped Liver

Liver is another tasty training treat. This reward will have your dog jumping through hoops.

Cooked and chopped liver has the added advantage of being extra smelly too. Chopped liver will certainly enhance your furry friend's motivation to learn.

   
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First-Aid Kit Essentials

Emergencies seldom give warning, but we can be ready for them. Most people have first aid kits on hand for themselves and family members. But what about your animals? Pet care experts recommend having a pet first aid kit that's right where you need it if an animal emergency occurs.

You can buy kits that are pre-assembled or assemble your own. Keep them in different locations so that you are prepared at all times, in all places. It's wise to keep one kit at home, one in the car, and wherever else your pet spends time -- the office, a relative's or friend's home, a vacation retreat, etc. If customizing your own, use a container that is sturdy, waterproof and easy to spot when you need to locate it in a hurry.

Here is what every basic first aid kit should contain:

  • Phone numbers and addresses: Veterinarian, Emergency Vet, Poison Control
  • Basic pet first-aid book
  • Photocopies of your pet's paperwork: important medical records, vaccinations, etc.
  • Medical gloves: to protect hands and prevent contamination
  • Scissors: to cut gauze or the animal's hair
  • Bottled water
  • A mild antibacterial soap: to clean skin and wounds
  • Paper towels
  • Gauze pads: for wounds
  • Gauze rolls: for wounds and can also be used as a temporary muzzle
  • Alcohol prep pads: to sterilize equipment - NOT for use on wounds
  • Self-adhesive bandages: flexible bandage used to wrap and stabilize injuries (do not wrap too tightly)
  • A large cloth towel: to wrap animal
  • Hydrogen peroxide: to clean minor wounds
  • Eyewash: such as contact lens solution or water in a squeeze bottle to gently but thoroughly flush out wounds and eyes
  • Antibiotic ointment: for cuts and abrasions (never for eyes)
  • Cotton applicator swabs
  • Tweezers: for the removal of foreign objects from skin and paws; and for the proper removal of ticks
 

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It's hard to not give a dog a scrap of human food from time to time. In fact, dog meals made from our food can be healthy and nutritious, not to mention delicious for your pup. Though not every food that we eat is good for our canine friends and some are downright dangerous. So dangerous in fact, that the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) had to issue an official statement, which you can find in this article.

To keep your dog healthy, avoid giving him the following snacks.

1. Chocolate

This is probably what every dog owner (and even some of our dog-less counterparts) knows. The same chemical that gives chocolate (especially dark chocolate) it distinctive taste can be fatal to dogs.

Keep it away!

2. Grapes

This is a snack you may not expect to be dangerous for dogs. After all, it's a fruit! But some dogs are especially sensitive to grapes (and raisins) and can suffer kidney damage from eating the sweet food.

3. Macadamia nuts

These delicious Hawaiian nuts can be dangerous to dogs although they're not usually fatal. A dog that has eaten macadamia nuts could experience weakness in his legs and even suffer tremors for up to 48 hours.

So please be careful.

4. Garlic and Onions

Although it's rare for a dog to eat enough garlic or onions to hurt themselves, you should be aware of the possible dangers such as damaging their red blood cell production.

5. Avocado

All parts of avocados contain the chemical persin. This substance can be highly toxic to dogs and are also dangerous to many other animals.

6. Alcohol

They can't process the substance nearly as well as humans and can be fatal for them. With the holidays coming up, keep in mind that dogs are especially tempted by eggnog.

7. Bread Dough

This may seem obvious, but the yeast found in dough is dangerous for dogs. After eating, the yeast can multiply in your dog's stomach causing pain or even as bad as destroying tissue.

The kitchen can be a dangerous place for a dog. But, by continuously expanding your knowledge and being aware of the hazards, your dog can live a long and healthy life!

8. Food That Has Gone Bad Or Moldy

Another "obvious" advice, as dogs will eat anything they find (fresh and rotten), empty your trash bin regularly because they will sniff out anything that looks edible and eat it, of course.

This could cause serious problems and may even be fatal, especially if they ate something with a lot of mold on it. This toxic moldy bomb will "explode", causing severe stomach problems, as the best case scenario, and you don't want that to happen. Trust us.

9. Anything With Caffeine In It

While caffeine is something that we consume on a daily basis, this substance is very toxic for dogs. Caffeine poisoning is something that cannot be treated, and for now there is no known cure for this condition.

When consumed in large quantities it can cause an almost instant death, so be very careful with anything that has caffeine as its main ingredient. List includes coffee, tea, Coca-Cola and energy drinks, especially Red Bull.

10. Ice Cream

Dogs love flavors and intriguing smells but don't be tempted to give them ice cream. It can cause relatively serious intestinal problems. Although it's not lethal, it's still something that you shouldn't do.

Usually, after eating ice cream, dogs will get diarrhea and start scratching themselves like crazy. You should take them to the vet immediately and not wait it out.

11. Bones And Leftovers

Give a dog a bone, as the old saying goes, but that is exactly what it is: an old saying. You may think that it's only natural to give lunch leftovers, usually bones with some meat on them, to your dog but this may cause some serious health problems.

Some of them even include pancreatitis that can lead to problems with regulating blood sugar levels and digestion. As far as bones are concerned, they may splinter or break and get lodged inside the intestines or even the throat…

12. Plums

Actually, it's any fruits that have large seeds or pits, for obvious reasons, as inflammations and intestinal obstructions are caused by them. Another fact that you may not have known is that plum seeds contain cyanide, but we are certain you know what cyanide is, so be careful with plum seeds.

13. Raw Eggs

They might have worked for Rocky, but they will not for your dog. First of all, there is a chance of a Salmonella infection, same as in humans, but more importantly if a dog was fed with raw eggs for a longer period, he may experience problems with Vitamin B regulation.

14. Raw Meat And Fish (Salmon)

As we get closer to the end of our list, one general rule can be determined: don't give your dog food you wouldn't eat yourself. Raw meat can cause various bacterial infections, and the same goes for fish. Salmon is especially dangerous since it can cause salmon poisoning disease that can kill your best friend in two weeks. Symptoms include shaking and vomiting.

15. Salt

We are certain that you wouldn't feed your dog raw salt, but it is good to know just how dangerous this substance is for them. Salt and salty snacks that are more likely to be eaten can cause vomiting, excessive shaking and dehydration. If your dog ate excessive amounts of salt, he will get sodium ion poisoning.

16. Candy

Deeply rooted in our culture, this habit has to be changed, for the sake of the dogs. Of course, it's okay to give your dog a treat, but you have to be careful with the kind of the treat. Candy usually contains Xylitol, an artificial sweetener that causes sudden release of insulin in their bodies…

17. Hops

What are hops and why I should not give them to my dog is the question on your mind right now. Used as a flavoring and stability agent in beer, they are commonly found around the country. They are the cause of hops poisoning, causing uncontrollably high temperature and restless behavior followed by excessive panting. If you notice these symptoms, take your dog to the vet immediately.

18. Chicken Jerky Products

Even the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) had to issue an official report concerning these products that are highly toxic to dogs. Some of them can even be found in stores today. Imported from China, these products can cause death and illness, but there's no clear explanation why this is happening. The important thing is that it is happening and that you should not buy these products. You can read the official FDA report here: FDA Chicken Jerky Products Report

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