If you are concerned about what you’re feeding your dog since the recent dog food recalls, you may want to consider making homemade dog food and treats. Benefits of choosing natural and holistic pet care are:

Better nutrition- a natural diet reduces contact with unnecessary chemicals and preservatives while increasing the intake of quality nutrients and vitamins.

Less possibility of developing disease- Quality natural foods can reduce the onset of a variety of health problems, including allergies, digestive disorders and more.

Treats cause of disease not just symptoms- Holistic care also looks at an animal's environment for ways to improve health. Lowering potential causes of stress, such as loneliness or territorial conflicts, can be helpful in improving overall health. plenty exercise and grooming are also elements of good holistic care.

Longer lifespan- natural pet care will help pets live a long life and give you many years of faithful companionship.

Improved quality of life- there's no use on living longer if the quality of life is not good, holistic pet care, will offer a better quality of life for your pet.

Faster curing- Holistic treatment of existing conditions by use of natural products will endorse faster healing as natural ingredients are generally absorbed better by your pet and thus speeds the healing process.

Human safety- another reason for using natural pet products is the reduction in human exposure to toxins. Most pets are in frequent contact with people, especially children. Contact with a pet can mean risk of exposure to whatever is on your pet, whereas natural treatments avoid these risks.

Protects the environment- also, natural products breakdown and are absorbed into the environment better than chemical agents and, consequently, are more earth friendly.

Saves time- you won't be wasting your time dragging your pets to the vet's office to treat different illnesses as the holistic approach targets the individual as a whole entity, treating existing conditions from their source, not just their symptoms, and preventing new ones from developing.

Saves money- you won't be wasting your money on cheaper products that ultimately can be a contributor to declining health in your pets and thereby creating more vet visit and bills.

There are many recipes for homemade dog treats available, and making your own dog treats is not much more expensive than buying them commercially. In fact, it may be cheaper.

1 cup ground turkey
2 cups white flour
1 cup cornmeal
1 egg
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
3/4 cup water
2 teaspoons tarragon
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. In a frying pan, cook ground turkey, crumble into small pieces, place on a few paper towels ans set aside.
3. In a large bowl combine flour and cornmeal.
4. In another bowl beat egg, oil and water together, after blended add tarragon.
5. Combine wet and dry ingredients. Fold in ground turkey. Mix together.
6. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface. Knead until dough is thoroughly mixed.
7. Roll out dough to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes.
8. Place on a greased baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes or until firm.
9. Cool completely before serving.
10. Store in an airtight container.
11. Keep refrigerated.

1 cup (=1/2 lb) turkey (or hamburger, chicken, lean chuck beef)
1 cup brown rice
1 cup cooked kidney beans
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 teaspoon of soy sauce or dash of iodized saltBring
2 cups of water to boil for every cup of rice. Add the rice and simmer 35-45 minutes. Mix in the other ingredients and serve.