Most commercial pet food ingredients all start at the rendering plant, where carcasses of various dead animals are rendered into a by-product that is used primarily for animal and pet feed. What goes into this mix? Well, downed farm animals, dead laboratory animals, what's left over after slaughter of meat and hide animals (such as heads, hoofs, bowels, diseased parts, tumors, bones, contaminated meat and the like), road kill, euthanized or dead companion animals (aka pets), restaurant grease and garbage, and pastries and meat past their pull date from grocery stores.
So, even though I don't currently have any pets, I'm always on the lookout for good homemade pet food recipes. Well, I ran across one yesterday that I think y'all might be interested in. It's a post written by one of the moms at my kid's school and she runs the 4H Club there. The other day the 4H group made homemade dog treats to sell at the annual craft fair to make money for the club.
If you are interested in the recipe, as well as cute pictures of kids making pet treats for their 4H Club, go check out the post! I can't attest to how tasty they are, but the recipe certainly sounds good! The nice thing about these dog treats is that they freeze really well, so you can make a bunch and store them for special occasions like doggie birthdays, holidays and anniversaries.
Have you tried making your own pet food or snacks or do you try to buy more natural pet food products?
Photo courtesy of Skruben