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Originally published June 5 2014

Homemade dog treats: How to make your own, save a bundle and improve your dog's health

by Julie Wilson

(NaturalNews) Most of the world has awoken to the dangers of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), seeking healthier choices such as organic, all-natural and gluten-free. The healthy food movement has burgeoned from a trend to a necessity and, for many, has become a way of life.

Processed foods produced by Monsanto's close friends, including big brands like PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, General Mills and Kraft Foods, are primarily composed of harmful ingredients including dangerous preservatives, chemically induced artificial colorings, GMOs, canola oil, high-fructose corn syrup and aspartame.

Unfortunately, when it comes to pet food, most commercial companies are using many of the same harmful ingredients.

Following the introduction of GM corn and soy on the market throughout the mid-1990s, the "number of dogs reported suffering from a specific cluster of health problems increased," according to Natural Awakenings.

"It also became evident from discussion among veterinarians and dog owners that such health problems occurred more often among dogs eating pet food that included GM crops than those consuming food produced from conventional crops."

Some of the conditions reported to increase among dogs include allergies, asthma, skin problems, leaky gut syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, recurrent diarrhea, indigestion, and abnormalities in the liver, the pancreas and immune system functions.

Ensuring a healthier and longer life for your pet is totally doable; it simply requires removing some of the toxins from their diets, which isn't as daunting as you might think.

Refining your pet's diet will require patience, but if you're already riding the healthy food train, the journey will be easier.

While healthy dog and cat food does exist, it can be difficult to find and costly. When deciding to purchase pet food, look for brands made in the USA that are USDA Certified Organic, free of soy, corn and wheat and gluten-free whenever possible.

Depending on your pet's condition, you may or may not want to buy foods containing grain. Debate lingers over whether dogs can properly digest grains. Some say that it improves digestion for dogs, while others attribute corn, wheat and soy to pet allergies and skin irritations.

If you want to eliminate the hunt, reduce your expenses and avoid time spent deciphering ingredients, try making your own healthy pet treats.

Dogs love peanut butter, so it's no surprise that Peanut Butter Cookies rank high on the list of popular doggy treats. Making these tasty treats at home is an easy way to incorporate fish oil into their diets to help improve your dog's coat, making it shinier and softer.

Money Crashers, your guide to financial fitness, offers great recipes for tasty, easy to make treats.

Start with these ingredients (make sure to buy organic when possible):


If your dog is suffering from digestive problems, Frozen Yogurt Pop Treats can offer relief with ingredients like protein and calcium.



Chicken Casserole is another popular pick, filled with protein and veggies. Just like with humans, veggies make your pet feel full and help facilitate digestion.



For more healthy pet recipes click here.


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