Blueberry Venison & Sweet Potato Gelatin Gummy Paws Dog Treat Recipe

Gummy Paws dog treat recipe

Since learning about the health benefits of natural gelatin, I’ve been experimenting with adding it to my own diet. In case you haven’t heard, gelatin is said to be great for healthy skin, hair, nails, joints and digestion. I really like the Kosher Grass Fed Beef Gelatin and usually buy this brand. You can  add it to smoothies, cereal, yogurt and other foods, but my favorite thing to do with it is to make gummy snacks. You basically add hot water and whatever else you like, refrigerate overnight and create super fun and highly nutritious gelatin gummy snacks that even the pickiest hubby or kiddo will love!

After having success making them for myself, I decided I’d try creating a dog treat recipe so that Daisy could enjoy the health benefits and yummy gummy goodness, too! You’ll want to make sure to use flexible silicone molds like these because I’ve learned the hard way, that these treats are super difficult to get out of the hard kind of mold trays. With the silicone ones, you can push them out easily. Molds are fun because you can make cute shapes for different holidays and occasions, like Easter if you find cute bunny or egg-shaped ones. And they are multi-purpose since they are oven-safe, so you can bake with them, too. But if you want, you can also just pour the mix into a brownie pan and then cut them with cookie cutters or a knife once the have gelled in the fridge overnight.

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Blueberry Venison & Sweet Potato Gelatin Gummy Paws Dog Treat Recipe

Once you learn this technique, you can experiment with any ingredients you like. You need the gelatin, a liquid, plus some fresh or frozen fruit (try pumpkin puree or ripe bananas), canned dog food (optional) or even veggies like you’d use in a green smoothie. You can also add herbs and seasoning to make it fancy, but remember NOT to use these people foods to avoid feeding your pets!

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup of blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1/3 cup of natural canned dog food (I use Natural Balance L.I.D. Venison & Sweet Potato)
  • 1/2 cup chicken or beef broth (make your own unseasoned, or check label carefully and avoid onion and garlic)
  • 4-5 Tbsp Great Lakes Unflavored Beef Gelatin
  • 1/2 cup boiling water

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients except the boiling water and gelatin, in your blender or food processor until mixed/pureed completely, like you’re making a thin smoothie. I like to use my NutriBullet Mixer for this.
  2. In a bowl, mix the gelatin powder and boiling water until completely dissolved.
  3. Add pureed mixture to the bowl and stir well.
  4. Pour into square pan or silicone molds and refrigerate 2-3 hours or overnight if possible.
  5. Cut shapes from pan or remove from molds and enjoy!

Let us know if you try making your own Gummy Snacks and what ingredients you used. The recipe is super flexible, and measurements don’t have to be exact, so experiment and tell us how it goes. We’d love to hear from you!

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New Holistic Ultra-Low Glycemic Dog Food #LiveFree4Life

Hopefully, you caught our Win LiveFree Dog Food For Life contest announcement last week and have entered a photo of YOUR dog for a chance to win! If not, head on over to LiveFree on Facebook for details, or scroll down to learn more. And hurry because this amazing giveaway ends 4/15!

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Since LiveFree is a relatively new dog food, I thought I’d give you a little more info on what it’s all about, and why Dogswell added this new line to their offerings. (This post is sponsored by Dogswell. We only present info, products and promotions that we feel will be of value and interest to our readers.)

LiveFree is a holistic line of ultra-low glycemic food for dogs available at independent pet retailers across the United States. It’s free of grains and potatoes, which are common high glycemic fillers, and high in animal protein sources to align with a dog’s natural diet.

What does “ultra-low glycemic” mean?  It means that the specially designed recipe helps prevent spikes in blood sugar levels and supports slower digestion and sustained energy for proper absorption and healthy weight. For dog food, a glycemic rating under 55 is considered “low”. LiveFree’s dry dog food recipes range from 9-11 and their canned dog foods range from 3.5-3.5

glycemic info

Concerned about your dog’s digestive health? LiveFree dry food recipes includes natural DigestiBits, a proprietary blend of pumpkin, eggs, prebiotics, probiotics and 11 antioxidant-rich fruits and veggies to deliver digestive fiber.

What’s NOT in it? There is no corn, wheat, grain, soy, gluten, tapioca, BHA/BHT, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.

LiveFree also has added nutrition for your dog’s overall holistic health including antioxidants to support immunity plus vitamins and chelated minerals for better nutrient absorption. You’ll be happy to know that LiveFree is made in the USA.

If you have specific questions about your dog’s nutritional needs, digestive concerns, blood sugar or anything else, chat with your veterinarian for medical advice and dietary recommendations. You can visit the Dogswell website for nutritional info, including ingredients and calories.

Be sure to snag this printable coupon for $3 OFF LiveFree Dog Food.  And don’t forget to enter to WIN LiveFree Dog Food for the life of YOUR dog! It’s super fast & easy: Post a photo (to Facebook or Instagram) of your dog cutting loose, living free and doing funny dog things. You’ll need to use the hashtag #LiveFree4Life to be eligible AND to check out all the other entries!

WIN Dogswell LiveFree Holistic Dog Food FOR LIFE! #LiveFree4Life

Drop whatever you’re doing (unless you’re scooping poop; that could get messy!)because I’ve got super exciting news for all you dog parents, and you are NOT going to want to miss it!

To celebrate the launch of their new holistic LiveFree dog food line, Dogswell is having a very special contest and one lucky dog is going to WIN Free Dog Food for Life!

Win free dog food for life!

Yep…for LIFE! That’s one bag of LiveFree dog food (up to 28 lb. size; Maximum ARV: $64.99) and one case (12 cans) of LiveFree dog food (ARV: $40), per month for the natural life of winner’s dog.

Dogswell LiveFree holistic dog food

What is LiveFree?

It’s Dogswell’s new holistic line of ultra-low glycemic, grain and potato free food for dogs, available at independent pet retailers across the United States. LiveFree is high in animal protein sources to align with a dog’s natural diet. The ultra low glycemic recipe prevents spikes in blood sugar levels and supports slower digestion and sustained energy for proper absorption and healthy weight. LiveFree is free of grains and potatoes, which are common high glycemic fillers. LiveFree is available in dry food (chicken, lamb, salmon, turkey recipes) and canned food(chicken, lamb and salmon stew recipes) for puppy, senior and adult dogs.

How to enter to WIN LiveFree Dog Food for LIFE:

Since their motto is “Live Long. Live Happy. Live Free”, they’re making it super EASY to enter! Watch this quick and adorable video for details:

 

 

To summarize: just post a photo (to Facebook or Instagram) of your dog cutting loose, living free and doing funny dog things. Be sure to use the hashtag #LiveFree4Life to be eligible AND to check out all the other entries!

That’s it! You can CLICK HERE to visit Dogswell’s LiveFree sweepstakes page on Facebook. And here’s the official contest rules if you want to check them out for yourself.

This post is sponsored by Dogswell LiveFree. We only present info, products and promotions that we feel will be of value and interest to our readers!

$10 OFF $40 Natural and Organic Products at Abe’s Market (for Pets and People)

Promo Code for $10 off at Abe's market

In celebration of Spring, Abe’s Market is giving everyone $10 OFF when you order $40 or more by Monday 3/31. You’ll need to use Abe’s Promo Code SPRING to get the $10 OFF discount at checkout. You get FREE Shipping on orders of $49+ or flat rate shipping on your entire order for $4.99.

Abe’s is a great source for all kinds of natural and organic products for both pets and people. Stock up and save on gluten-free flours for making homemade pup cakes. Try some healthy snacks for your human kiddos lunches. Treat yourself to some natural skincare and bath products. I saw Miracle Noodles in the Natural Sale Section, along with Organic Apple Chips and lots more stuff I want to try!

And don’t forget to replace those old toxic cleaners with new safer ones before you get going on Spring Cleaning! For more info about safer chemicals for your home and family, check out our recent Seventh Generation Toxin Fighter post.

Abe’s Market has a large Pet Department with brands including Halo, Ark Naturals, Castor & Pullox, Dr. Harvey’s and lots more popular natural pet brands you’ll want to give your fur kids.

 Here are the links to take you directly to the Natural & Organic Pet Care department as well as to the section for Eco-Friendly Cleaning Supplies. Don’t forget to tell some friends and earn $5 free to spend!

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PetSmart $20 OFF Flea and Tick Products, 25% OFF Spring Savings + More

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Can you believe it’s already the last full week of March??? I haven’t done a roundup of PetSmart deals recently and thought you might want to know what the promos are, so here’s a March wrap-up of current deals and discounts on pet supplies from PetSmart.com!

PetSmart Sales, Discounts and Deals:

15% OFF Abe’s Market Natural and Organic Goods for Pets & People

Abe's Market Promo Code

Here’s a great chance to snag some extra savings on organic and natural products for home, pets and people! Now through Sunday 3/23, get 15% OFF sitewide at Abe’s Market with promo code GOLDENBEAR at checkout. It’s a super way to stock up on brands you love, and try out some new ones  too!

You’ll also get FREE Shipping on orders of $49+ so stock up on hard-to-find or frequently used items from brands including Seventh Generation, Castor & Pollux, Halo, Dr. Bronner and many more! Here are the links to take you directly to the Natural & Organic Pet Care department as well as to the section for Eco-Friendly Cleaning Supplies. Don’t forget to tell some friends and earn $5 free to spend!

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Ideas for using your 15% OFF Abe’s Market Promo Code:

  • Natural & Organic Pet Shampoo, Skin Care & Grooming Supplies
  • Natural Cold & Flu Remedies
  • Essential Oils & Other Natural Home Fragrances
  • Dental Care for Dogs
  • Safe & Organic Cleaning Supplies
  • Cat Toys & Treats
  • Super-Food Ingredients to Make Your Own Trail Mix or Granola
  • Low Sugar Snacks
  • Lunchbots
  • Visit Abe’s Market HERE for more natural products for pets & people!
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