Baby Food Dog Treats

Baby Food Dog TreatsSay what?  Sounds odd, but think it through…a lot of the food that’s pureed for human babies is great for the fur babies.  And we know that it has to meet human standards and the organic ones don’t seem to cost much more.  I learned this trick at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park when I was filming there earlier this month with the amazing Animal Training Supervisor, Janet Rose Hinostroza.  I’ve had a lot of great days over the years, but this one was at the top of the list.  We’re doing an episode of Fido & Wine on The Cat Ambassador program – dogs paired with cheetahs! This is my favourite pic from the day.
Cat Ambassador San Diego Zoome on setDo you like my cheetah pants??!! LOL. Cheetahs are solitary creatures by nature, and the dogs help them with their anxiety and this in turn helps these endangered beauties to breed. Janet showed us what they feed the cheetahs and the dogs.  The team of nutritionists at the zoo plan menus for each of the animals, and even devise individual diets for the dogs.  I was immediately thrilled to learn what treats they make for the cheetahs – “Bloodsicles” – basically they mix some blood from raw meat (that will later become the cat’s meal) with water, and then freeze it.cheetah My boys are big fans of blood, so although the dogs at the zoo don’t get the bloody good treats, they’re perfect for my guys!  However, the dogs do get really cool ice pops themselves – baby food mixed with water!!  Chicken  was the flavour that the dog we filmed with got – and I thought to myself – now that’s super easy and healthy!

Recipe:

INGREDIENTS: Simply mix any “dog friendly” veggie or meat based baby food with water. (if you get one with broth in it, make sure onions aren’t an ingredient). 

Baby Food for Dog Treats

I used a ratio of 1:1 jar of baby food to jar of water.  They went so fast that next time I think I will go 1:2 and make more of them!!

Baby Food Dog Treats

I’m neither a vet nor an animal nutritionist. This recipe is not meant to replace a proper and balanced diet for your dog. You should speak to your own vet before trying new recipes or feeding any home cooked foods to your dog.

 

2 thoughts on “Baby Food Dog Treats

  1. Interesting! I’ve always loved the idea of freezing different things for pets, especially during the hotter months. What a great opportunity you had with the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Thanks for sharing.

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