Gluten Free Flours and how to work with them in recipes (safe for dogs)

Gluten Free Flours and how to work with them in recipes (safe for dogs)

Those of us who love to cook and make doggy foods and treats are caught trying to figure out which flours are safe, and better for those recipes and which ones bind easier. Those flours marked ( * ) can use assistance from a binder. See my binding tip below that will help you bind flour’s better:
The following wheat free flours are considered better for dogs than wheat flours:
Tapioca flour
Arrowroot flour
*Coconut flour
Plantain flour
Sweet Potato flour
*Pumpkin flour and all winter squash flours
*Cabbage flour and all vegetable flours
Potato starch & Tapioca flour 1 to 1 mix (this flour can be mixed with oat flours to ensure more consistency in recipes, these flour mixes are fully functional for gluten free baking)
Oat flour
Finally to assist in binding flour’s try using using chia or flax seed. In baking, both these seed’s gel can be used to replace egg.

Tip on using Chia: For most recipes 1/4 to 1/2 tspn of ground chia can be used as a binder in most puddings, cakes recipes requiring thickening an binding.

Natural, Yard Pest Control

Tried and true pest control that really works! Treating your yard is not always an easy task, but well worth the time to enjoy a yard free of toxins. This pest control will not hurt, birds, canine, feline and is kid safe. Avoid sparying flowering bushes so that bee’s have someplace to pollinate. When treating your yard correctly, and if you don’t travel with your pets, you can keep the topical and systemic pest control to a minimum on your pet.
Follow the instructions for garlic, neem oil, mixed with water, dawn & oil for the yard and tree’s. Keeps mosquito’s, & flea’s away for 4 to 6 weeks; reapply after heavy rain. The products I use are,
Garlic Barrier from:
Organica K-Neem

Natural Bug Control!

Bug season is approaching, so sharing my essential oils recipes: Remember that essential oils are very strong and should never be used full strength on the skin. In addition, use essential oils sparingly, on children, and understand that children skin is far more sensitive than adults. Not all essential oils an be applied to small children or pets. Ex… never use eucalyptus, rosemary, or clove oils on small children or pets/its known cause of respiratory failure. So very very important to understand the strength of essential oils on all age creatures and age groups.

  • Essential oil recipe: Base mix: fill an 8 oz spray bottle, 1/2 full with distilled or cool, boiled water
  • Add witch hazel to fill almost to the top
  • Add 1/2 tsp vegetable glycerin
  • 3 drop of liquid Bonners castille soap (breaks the surface tension)

1st blend, into the base listed above: 6 drops cedarwood, 4 drops cinnamon leaf, 15 drops citronella, 3 drops clove bud, 4 drops eucalyptus, 6 drops organic lavender, 4 drops lemon , 4 lemongrass essential oil, 2 drops peppermint essential oil, 10 organic rosemary essential oil. not for use on small children

2nd option, blend into the base listed above: 15 drops each one of these oils: Rosemary, Clove, Cajeput, Lavender, Cinnamon and Eucalyptus.

On dogs: Dogs should be thought of like babies when it comes to essential oils and the amount to use. Not only do they have sensitive noses but they also have smaller organs than we do. Some of the essential oils you can safely use on dogs for flea and tick prevention are: lavender, lemon, citronella, sage/clary sage, bergamot, cedarwood, lemon eucalyptus, lemongrass, peppermint, geranium, sweet orange, and rosemary. Remember to use sparingly and diluted.

Note: Not all essential oils are made the same. Always purchase essential oils from companies that are known to use proper extraction techniques (low temp and low pressure) that they are 100% pure and as organic as possible, with no additives, and the plants are produced from plants that are grown in their indigenous location, and that the plants are wild crafted. And one more note; if the plant is not organic, but wild crafted, this plant is just as good if not better than organic.