Organic Homemade Dog Biscuit Recipe

A few people have asked for the recipe to our organic hypoallergenic dog biscuits.

The great thing about Din Dins biscuits is they are free of wheat, corn and soy – the most common sources of food allergies in dogs.

All our dog tasters really love our bikkies and we’re content that non of the ingredients will make them  itchy or not feel well afterwards.

We always try to source organically grown products, but if you have a problem finding organic for your homemade treats just swap them for the best non-organic you can find. 

These biscuits are a treat so don’t spoil your pooch too much and if you’re wondering whether oats are OK – don’t worry oats are fine for dogs but you can always substitute them for millet or quinoa.

So here you go and let us know how they turned out.

Ingredients

125g Organic Rice Flour

100g Organic Oats

2 Organic Eggs

1 Organic Cooking Apple (pureed or finely diced)

1 Tbsp Organic Coconut Oil

2 Tbsp Organic Sunflower Oil

Preheat oven to 180C (Fan). Mix the flour and oats in a large bowl.

Beat the eggs, add the coconut oil and sunflower oil, then mix in to the dry ingredients with the apple.

If the mix is too wet add more flour, too dry add some water – looking for a ball of dough consistency.

Lightly dust some baking paper with flour and roll with a rolling pin until it is approx 5mm thick. Use cutters to shape biscuits (we got ours from TK-Maxx home) and place on baking paper or tray and bake for 15-20 mins until lightly browned

Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Store at room temperature in plastic container.

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Top Cat

We simply can’t let the week go by without making reference to the shocking actions of Mary Bale, the bank clerk from Coventry who was caught on CCTV dumping a cat in a wheelie bin and then walked off without a care.

Lola the cat was in the bin for several hours, but was eventually rescued by her owners and appears to be un-scared by her ordeal.

Mary on the other hand probably won’t bounce back so well from her misdemeanour after being subjected to hate mail, death threats and dubbed the most hated woman in Britain as well as prosecution from the RSPCA looming.

Even more bizarre however, was after apologising profusely for what she did, Mary then went on to say she did it as a joke because she thought it would be funny. Apparently she never thought the cat would be trapped and expected it to wriggle out!

All we can say is – don’t give up the day job Mary, as we don’t expect to see you doing stand up at the London Palladium anytime soon!

If you haven’t already, you can see the CCTV footage You Tube, however we prefer this somewhat amateur attempt of the cat’s revenge.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmasdZE7WIc

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Kitty Cat

As you know, Din Dins likes to say dump the junk and campaigns for healthy and nutritious food for cats and dogs.

As well as giving you advice on choosing a better commercial pet food we actual think, if you can, preparing your own pet food is even better.  

However, if you do go for homemade food it’s important to make sure that it is nutritionally balanced.

So we’ve been in the Din Dins Holistic Kitchen working on tasty and EASY to make recipes for you to try at home, with all the vital nutrients and enzymes your dog or cat needs.

This week we’re focussing on our feline friends. Cats are obligate (strict) carnivores and are very different from dogs in their nutritional needs.

This means that your cat gets what she needs by the consumption of a large amount of animal-based proteins (meat/organs) and derives much less nutritional support from plant-based proteins (grains/vegetables). Cats lack specific metabolic (enzymatic) pathways and cannot utilize plant proteins as efficiently as animal proteins.

A really essential ingredient for your cat’s diet is taurine, an amino acid which basically absorbs fats, regulates heartbeat and brain cells and is also a potent antioxidant.

Humans need taurine too, but we readily produce it in the body where as cats need a dietary source for good health.

Sufficient amounts of taurine usually exist in commercial cat foods (both dry and wet), so keep and an eye that your cat is not at risk of a taurine deficiency if you feed it homemade foods. Taurine deficiency in felines can cause central retinal degeneration, leading to irreversible blindness, as well as heart failure but don’t worry because all Din Dins cat recipes contain foods that are high in taurine like beef liver, lamb, chicken, fish, and shrimp.

Saying that if you’re not keen on feeding raw meat  and cooking or freezing tends to destroy taurine we recommend Din Dins Vitamix supplement (launching soon). Din Dins Vitamix which has been specifically created to add to homemade food only contains everything to balance a natural diet including taurine….making sure your cat never goes without regardless of how you prepare your kitty’s homemade diet!

Interestingly a new piece of research has just shown that mice are very high in taurine too – proving that Mother Nature knows her stuff!

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Fancy Fostering a Dog?

All this week we’ve been hearing the horrible news that thousands of fit and healthy dogs, in particular Staffordshire Bull Terriers, are being put down by the RSPCA because they arrive in such a state and are aggressive without basic training.  

Staffies traditionally regarded as just another family dog have now become the latest trend for some people who want the status of owning a “hard” looking dog.  And unfortunately while sales of pups are on the increase adults are being abandoned at a massive rate.

This shocking and heartbreaking realisation has made the Din Dins team think about how great it is for people who’ve got the time and space to consider fostering a dog or cat. Fostering really helps get the animal back on the right track before it is found a suitable home. If you’re interested contact your local RSPCA or have a look at www.dogsblog.com

 You can even just volunteer to take dogs at your local shelter for a walk.  The Greyhound Trust www.retiredgreyhounds.co.uk organise group walks which is such a rewarding thing to do, especially if you love animals but don’t want the commitment long term.

And the Greyhound Trust is where our dear friends Jean and Pat met Dolly, originally known as Velvet on account of her super smooth coat.

Dolly now 6yrs, was born in Ireland and shipped over to Perry Bar Birmingham to try her luck at dog racing.

Unfortunately Dolly wasn’t much of racer, often giving up half way round the track and ended up dumped and rather battered, sad and bruised at Daybreaks the Greyhound Trust in Solihull.

But it was a happy ending for Dolly when Jean and Pat fell in love with her soppy eyes and quirky personality.

Dolly has some funny habits and sometimes shows signs of her dark past cowering if someone raises their arms a bit too quickly but apart from that she is queen of the house and likes nothing better then popping on her dressing gown – yes dressing gown – before settling down for her early evening snack of a wholemeal sardine sandwich with Din Dins omega oil drizzled on top!!

Not the best picture of Dolly, (she never keeps still) we’ll try to get the rest of her body later.

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Ever thought what’s in your pet food?

A lot of commercial pet food just isn’t that good. The ingredients can be poor quality or simply not what a dog or cat should eat compromising their immune system and causing allergies and itchy skin to even more serious illness like kidney problems and diabetes.

Take a look at the back of your packaged pet food next time you feed your pet and it probably gives you a list of things that you’ve never heard of, which of course doesn’t help when you’re trying to pick a better quality pet food (but don’t worry we can help with all that).

 Din Dins will always say preparing fresh, raw food for your pet is better but of course it’s not always realistic, so here are the things to stay clear of and the good things to look out for.

Stay clear of;

  • Meat by-products, fish by-products and meat derivatives

By-products (of slaughter houses) are the remaining parts of the carcass unfit for human consumption. Pretty gross but this can be anything from hooves to feathers to intestines.

  • Meat meal or digest

Digest of meat or poultry is derived from carcasses using chemical enzymes to break down the meat. This really isn’t meat at all but rather material with little or no nutritional value.

  • Vegetable protein origin OR corn, wheat, wheat protein (cereals)

Vegetable protein extracted from cereals such as wheat and corn can cause allergies and are a main ingredient in dry dog foods. Animal protein is much better for your pet’s digestion.

  • Fillers

Fillers in a very poor pet food this could mean peanut hulls, wood shavings, dirt, newspaper, beets and sand. Yuk!

Other things to avoid

  • Unknown antioxidants, preservatives, taste and colour enhancers.
  • Watch out for super cheap pet food as it’s probably a sign the ingredients are cheap too!

 

Thumbs up;

  • Soil Association certification.
  • Organic Growers and Farmers certification.
  • BAHNM approved (British Association Holistic Nutrition Medicine).
  • PMFA approved.
  • Nutritional panel displays ingredients in order of volume. Meat should always be at the top of the list and at least 20% meat portion or more.
  • Natural Preservatives such as tocopherol (vitamin E) or ascorbic acid (vitamin C).
  • Try to stick to moist food in cans or pouches as it is not as highly cooked and processed as dry (kibble) food.
  • Look for pet food with Kelp, Alfalfa and Dandelion in the ingredients, as these healthy wholefoods boost nutrition.
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Can dogs get hayfever?

Hurrah!! The British Summer is here at long last, however for some the flip side of things heating up is a large dose of hayfever. But what most of us don’t realise is that dogs and cats can be allergic to pollen too. Although unlike us where the symptoms are sneezing, running nose and itchy eyes, dog and cats tend to get itchy all over!

So we’ve put together a few Din Dins hayfever relief tips for your pet;

  • Step 1

Bathe your dog in cool, not cold, water. Hayfever often causes inflamed, burning and itchy skin and cool water can simply calm it down. Avoid warm water because it can actually increase the inflammation and itching. Try putting a few handfuls of organic oats or oatmeal in the tub too. Not just any oatmeal, get the colloidal variety made for bathing, like Aveeno. Check it out at your local health food store.

  • Step 2

You can apply natural oral anti-inflammatory blends such as proteolytic enzymes like bromelain and quercitin. Try Higher Nature or herbal extracts such as nettle to reduce the itching.

  • Step 3

Wash your dog or cat’s bedding often to reduce hayfever allergens that may accumulate there from fur. Dust mites are a major source of problems and frequent vacuuming and dusting really helps. Natural lavender or eucalyptus sprays can keep pests at bay too.

  • Step 4

If possible keep your pet indoors during windy spring and summer days when the pollen and mold spore counts are high. A good tip is to let your pet relax in an area of your home where there is no carpet – carpet attracts dust mites and allergens.

  • Step 5

Comb your dog or cat daily and bather your dog after walks in the park. Buy natural neem treatments for your dogs coat and skin and teak tea and lavender shampoo is great for soothing sensitive, itchy skin. Get organic if possible!

  • Step 6

Irritated and itchy paws can bleed if your dog is trying to relieve the itch with his teeth, so soak your pooch’s paws in a mild Epsom salt solution. Fill the tub with just a little water, enough to cover paws and let your dog stand there or you can soak a cloth and bathe your dog’s feet. Alternatively natural flea sprays of soothing balms can calm the skin and reduce hotpots. Look out for Din Dins organic sprays and paw balms launching soon!

  • Step 7

If you fancy trying a homeopathic remedy, mixed pollens are a good idea. Add to your pet’s drinking water with a teaspoon or two of apple cider vinegar. You can buy all these ingredients from a health store.

Hayfever can be a pain for your furry friend so hopefully these tips will relieve discomfort, but also be aware that dogs and cats can be allergic to anything from dust, an ingredient in dog food, a household chemical or an insect bite, all of which can set off an alarm in the immune system, causing it to pump out large amounts of white blood cells, hormones, and other material called histamines into the bloodstream.

Symptoms for can range from itchy, swollen skin, difficulty breathing, or a disruption of the digestive tract such as vomiting or diarrhea, so keep an eye out.

Din Dins always recommends supporting your pet’s immune system and fighting allergens by feeding a natural diet and adding a good probiotic and omega oil to food. Yumega is a good option …. but watch this space as in September we will be launching our fabulous new natural and organic supplements and spritz sprays to prevent allergens and alleviate skin irritation from pollen or bites from ticks and fleas.

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Hello pet world!

We’re Din Dins Holistic Kitchen.

We’re the new pet brand on the block, all about proper and wholesome nutrition for your dog or cat.

We believe most processed pet food is pretty rubbish and we know for sure fresh and natural food tastes better. So we’ve been spending a long (long) time in the Din Dins holistic kitchen researching the most nutritious ingredients and coming up with easy to prepare pet food recipes, as well as a range of super supplements jam packed with all the essential vitamins and minerals to boost your pet’s health and wellbeing.

All our products created by Din Dins pet nutritionist and approved by our holistic vet are made with organic and natural ingredients and sourced locally wherever possible so we keep an eye on the pet paw print too!!

We’ve not launched yet – a little more doggy taste testing to do. 

But if you’ve ever wondered why packaged pet food has to smell so bad and maybe your dog or cat is turning their nose up at in anyway. Or you might be thinking you’re pet needs to shed a few extra pounds or they are getting on a bit and you’d like something to put a bit of spring back in their step –  follow Din Dins blog because we’ve probably got the answer.

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