Do you care for your pets with natural, herbal remedies?

| 7/21/2009 5:26:42 PM


A year and a half ago my boyfriend and I fell in love with Addi, a 1-year-old Queensland Heeler, from the pound. The first month was a little strange as I had never owned a dog before and my pet resume was limited to cats. Fortunately, my boyfriend grew up around dogs, specifically Australian Heelers. Since reading articles about herbal pet care written by Randy Kidd, D.V.M. on The Herb Companion website, we have tried to treat Addi with natural, herbal remedies.

Addi already knew basic dog tricks when we got her—sit, stay, etc.—but we decided to teach her a few more, like how to high five and how to play dead. Rather than buy dog treats, I decided to bake them knowing I would have control over which ingredients would go in and more importantly, which ingredients stayed out. I used Janice Cox’s recipe for Basic Doggie Biscuits from the September 2008 article Body & Soul: Pet Treats.

  Addi's trick

Basic Doggie Biscuits

Makes about 2 dozen biscuits  

• 1¾ cup whole wheat flour
• 1¼ cup oatmeal
• 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
• 1 cup water