Celebrate Dog Appreciation Month with Activity and Homemade Treats

Shanthi Appelo
Shanthi Appelo

| 2 min read

Did you know that more than one-third of families in the U.S. have a dog, and most people consider their dogs as family members? As our furry friends are part of our family, it's essential to take care of their health. Similar to humans, dogs can also become overweight or obese, contributing to chronic illnesses like heart disease and diabetes. According to a 2018 survey by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 55.8% of dogs in the U.S. are overweight or obese. Just like humans, dogs' exercise routine and diet play a crucial role in preventing diseases.
Making your own healthy dog treats can be easy and requires only a few simple ingredients. According to the American Kennel Club, these ingredients are great for your four-legged friend’s health:
  • Pumpkin – good source of fiber and antioxidants and may help relieve diarrhea and constipation
  • Berries – rich in antioxidants and fiber
  • Peanut butter – in moderation, it provides protein and healthy fats
  • Greek yogurt – great source of protein, gut-healthy probiotics and calcium
When purchasing ingredients for your dog, avoid those with added sugar and watch out for xylitol as it can be toxic and even fatal if consumed.
These no-bake bites are made from healthy and delicious ingredients for your furry friend. The recipe comes together in just 5 minutes and is ready to serve within an hour.
Dogs go crazy over this recipe and it requires no visit to the drive-through. Simply add a few staple household ingredients to a blender, scoop and serve.

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