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Make Your Own Sweet Potato Treats

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There are more recalls and warnings coming out of China these days. Not only are we being warned off of food (see all pet food-related recalls here) and chicken jerky treats, but we’re now being warned about sweet potato treats.

According to Poisoned Pets, vets are reporting health problems with sweet potato treats that are similar to those related to chicken jerky treats also made in China (see list of manufacturersat end of article). Initial testing is showing the existence of phorate, a highly toxic pesticide. Fortunately, sweet potato treats are easily made at home and the end result is something that you know will be safe.  Here are a few easy recipes that are cost-effective, nutritional and your dogs will love them.

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Pumpkin Peanut Butter Wafer Pet Treats

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If you're looking for a great pet treat for the Halloween season, be sure to try these healthy peanut butter pumpkin wafer treats.

Pumpkin is good for both cats and dogs. It is filled with healthy vitamins and minerals, and it acts as a binding agent for pets, so if your pet has loose stools, you can add a little freshly pureed pumpkin in their diet. You can also use it to decrease constipation - because pumpkin is just that perfect of a food!

Here's how you can preparing pumpkin puree for pets. You can also used canned pumpkin, but we always prefer the real stuff (and pumpkin puree freezes incredibly well if you put it into plastic bags)!

We love pumpkin so much that we started exploring some recipes for dogs and cats that involves pumpkin - like these delish Pumpkin Peanut Butter Wafer Treats (also see Pumpkin Pretzels for Hungry Pups and Three Healthy, Homemade Cat Treats Your Feline Will Adore).

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DIY: Homemade Toys for Cats

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If you have ever bought a fancy cat toy only to find your pet later playing with the packaging instead of the toy, you’re not alone. Baffled cat owners often wonder what went wrong. Some even take it personally. Your independent-minded kitty’s choice of diversion, though, is more a result of its genetics than its feelings towards you. Because your cat is a predatory animal by nature, a simple object that engages all of its instincts will attract its attention the most. Homemade toys often satisfy kitty the most. To better understand their benefits, we consulted with expert Holly Tse, author of Make Your Own Cat Toys: Saving The Planet One Cat Toy At A Time and owner of the Makeyourowncattoys Web site. Along with her insights, she offered useful ideas to help you create your cat’s next favorite toy -- inexpensively and painlessly.

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