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Diet is probably the most important issue you will deal with in your dog’s life. A healthy dog will be resistant to disease and parasites and has a greater chance of living a long and healthy life. While a dog can survive (at least for a while) on a low quality commercial dog food, it will not likely thrive. There is also a greater probability that your dog will eventually experience chronic health problems.

We recommend avoiding most cooked foods. Raw vegetables can be helpful in small amounts, and table scraps are fine if the food is nourishing. White flour, sugar, chocolate, etc., are not nourishing for either humans or your pet, and chocolate in particular can be deadly for a dog.

We use Kirkland brand Chicken and Rice Puppy Food food (yellow bag) from Costco; it has a 4 star rating, out of a possible 5. If you do not have a Costco membership, we recommend Blue Buffalo Basics Puppy Turkey and Potato (also 4 stars); it is available at PetSmart and PetCo.

Compare dog/puppy foods: www.dogfoodadvisor.com/.

PUPPY TREATS
•2 cups of flour (white or wheat, if your pup has no wheat allergies)
•1 cup of rolled oats
•1/3 cup of smooth peanut butter
•1 tablespoon of honey
•1/2 tablespoon of fish oil
•1 1/2 cups of water

Directions:
•Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
•Mix the flour and oats together in a large mixing bowl. Pour in one cup of water and blend until smooth. Add in the peanut butter, honey and fish oil, and mix until all the ingredients are well blended.
•Slowly add the water until the mixture has a thick and doughy consistency.
•Lightly flour a cooking surface. Roll the dough onto the cooking surface to create a 1/4 inch-thick sheet.
•Use a cookie cutter to create shapes. Place the cookies onto a baking sheet and bake for 40 minutes.
•Allow to cool completely before feeding.


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