Chicken Beaks and Feet – A Real Dog’s Treat

japanese-chinMy dogs are very lucky, I fed them ground up chicken carcasses, chicken beaks and feet, and various internal parts from a cow (not meat) as a [tag-tec]dog treat[/tag-tec] for being good when they had a bath this weekend.

I wasn’t so naive as to expect a product called Basted Beefhide Crunchies to be of high nutritional value, but I did expect it to contain some nutrition!

As the Food and Drug Administration in the United States continues to test the Chinese manufactured dog treats Bestros Chicken Jerky Strips for evidence of melamine contamination, it’s about time we paid more attention to the listed ingredients in products.


Here are the top five listed ingredients in the Beefhide Crunchies:

  1. Beefhide;
  2. Beef by-products: can include any internal part of the cow other than the meat. The meat is often from 4-D, rancid sources;
  3. Chicken by-products: includes ground up carcasses, diseased internal organs, beaks and feet;
  4. Salt: used to cover up rancid meat; and
  5. Modified Starch: a cheap source of carbohydrates that’s used as a filler.

Just in case you didn’t know, 4-D meat refers to animal meat that can’t be processed for human consumption because the animal arrived at the abattoir dead, dying, diseased or down (unable to stand up to be slaughtered).

How great did I feel learning I’d just fed my dogs a whole lot of rubbish?

The report Pet Food Ingredients Revealed does an excellent job in deciphering pet food labels, and I used their report to analyse the Beefhide Crunchies. Use it to look at what you are feeding your dog, or giving him as a treat – you may be horrified.

So, what’s the alternative to giving our dog treats that are, quite frankly, made of rubbish? Well it has to be to make your own dog treats.

I’ve made, and my dogs have sampled, treats from The Healthy Pooch Cookbook written by our friends Jack, Joe and Tyler at DogCook.com.

The book contains over 80 recipes for dog treats and meals, including the Doggy Dip, which you can use to coat your home made dog biscuits.

I’m sure Jack, the DogCook himself, won’t mind me sharing the recipe for Doggy Dip with you:

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons of peanut butter;
  • 2 tablespoons of honey;
  • 1 large ripe banana;
  • 1 16 ounce pot of vanilla yogurt; and
  • 1 tablespoon of whole wheat flour.

Method:

  • Mix the peanut butter, honey and fruit together in a bowl until they are well blended;
  • In a separate bowl mix the yogurt and flour;
  • Add the fruit mixture to the yogurt and blend well; and then
  • Store the Doggy Dip in the fridge until ready to use.

How to Use!

  • Dip dog biscuits into the dip and give to your dog; or
  • Coat dog biscuits in the Doggy Dip and leave to chill in the fridge until the Dip has set.

Remember: if you are giving your dog treats, adjust his main meal accordingly – you don’t want your dog piling on the kilos.

Now, you have to agree that the Doggy Dip dog treats are healthier for your dog than the Basted Beefhide Crunchies I bought – and cheaper too; at $4.99 The Healthy Pooch Cookbook is a bargain!

I’ll certainly be sticking to home made dog treats from now on. If you’ve got some good treat recipes, please share them with us.
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Comments

  1. That dip sounds fabulous!!!! Thanks for sharing it.

    Woof, Johann

  2. By the way, 4-D cows are being fed to school children in school lunches… beware, as long as we are slaughtering cows for any human consumption, we are in danger of getting even poor quality of beef in our food supply. Need I mention how terribly inhumane it is to drag and torture a cow (that is so sick or injured that it cannot stand) to the slaughter? Egads.

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