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This month the Liv Avenida Blog has been all about pets. We’re excited to share another aspect of having a pet in your apartment home — homemade pet treats! That’s right, we are sharing four recipes you can make at home that are a cost-effective way to provide treats for your cat or dog. 

Dog Treats 

Sweet Potato Skins
Sweet potato anything is usually a healthier substitute for starchy potatoes, so it makes sense that this would be good for your pets. Low in calories and without any byproducts or unknown ingredients, this is a simple treat that your pup will gobble up in no time. All you’ll need is one sweet potato, cut into small strips, and about twenty-five minutes to dry each side on a cookie sheet in the oven. Store in an airtight container and they’ll keep for about a week. 

Cheddar Dog Treats
For those that are looking for something a little more visually traditional, these dog biscuits are right up your alley. With the help of a dog bone cookie cutter, a bit of your favorite grated cheese, flour, melted butter, and milk, you’ll be able to make these cheesy dog biscuits a reality for your furry best friend. You’ll need just about fifteen minutes to bake the biscuits. 

Cat Treats

Milk Cat-Sicle
For those that are looking for a cooler treat on the warmer Pacific Northwestern days, freezing your cat’s milk of choice — whether cow’s milk or goat milk — is a great way to keep your feline friend refreshed. You can often find goat milk powder or milk that’s made specifically for cats at the pet store. This recipe recommends slowly introducing milk to your cat if they aren’t used to it, to make sure it sits well with their stomach. 

Salmon & Oat Cat Treats
Salmon and oats are good for humans, and they’re just as good for your feline friend. Utilizing whole foods in this recipe means your cat will be getting healthier foods that don’t skimp on taste, but that don’t cost an arm and a leg. You’ll just need some canned salmon, oat flour, an egg, olive oil, and dried catnip. You’ll find facts, a list of ingredients, and step-by-step instructions with pictures from the link above for this treat at the Joy the Baker blog. 

Of course, if you don’t have time to make your own treats, a subscription service is a great option. BarkBox is a convenient way to get toys and treats for your pup, BarkBox is a monthly subscription service that delivers to your door. Filled with “all-natural treats, chews, and our original toys,” the mission is to provide, “The best treats, the best toys, the best seat on the couch.”  Based in New York (and Ohio), the company loves to bring joy to pets, and their owners.  

Thanks for taking the time to read our post this week. We hope you and your pet are enjoying the last of summer here in Chandler, AZ.


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