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05/24/2011 16:31:57 PM by K.T.Riffic   Send Message to K.T.Riffic  1580  views, category: Pet career and businesses view all blogs


As the unemployed masses are looking for more and more creative ways of earning a living, many pet owners are trying to combine their love of pets with a possible career. One option to consider is making and selling homemade pet food and treats.

Craft fairs are great places to start with this type of work. You can bake smaller batches of food and sell them at a local fair to gage customers reactions before making larger batches, which can cost more money and time.

If you find this work is a passion and customers love your products, you can expand your business by selling your treats at local pet stores and even veterinarian offices. There are even examples of small business owners expanding and growing into their own storefronts or home delivery.

Why We Love to Buy
Pet owners really enjoy buying unique, homemade treats for a variety of reasons:

*Homemade treats are considered to be healthier than store bought prepackaged ones
*Treats made by local artisans are much better looking than the ones on store shelves
*Homemade treats tend to be packaged in attractive and creative ways, making them wonderful gifts
*A much wider variety of foods are used in homemade treats. Pet chefs seem to like to compete with each other to create the most outrageous but desirable foods and treats.
*It is always nice to buy from local neighbors instead of faceless big business.

But Please Be Careful
There are a few things to keep in mind when you are cooking for animals. There is the obvious (i.e. never use chocolate), and the not so obvious (grind eggshells to add calcium). Here are some dos and don’t to get you started.

1. Cook the food for your pet as you would for yourself. Keep in mind that raw oats and rice will expand in the pet’s stomach. This can be dangerous.

2. Humans have a much more refined palate than pets. Keep the receipes simple and do not add spices or sugars.

3. Do NOT ever add the following to pet food recipes in any way: chocolate, onions, chicken bones, avocado, raisins, macadamia nuts, grapes, or fruit pits. These ingredients can cause serious harm to pets, up to and including death.

4. Brown rice and yogurt make great treats. Plain yogurt is best. Both of these ingredients are easy to digest and even beneficial to pet’s digestive tracts.

5. Eggshells are a great source of calcium, but make sure you pulverize them into a fine texture. A good rule of thumb is to add about half an eggshell to a meal.

Try turning your passion into a career and make pets and their people happy!

About the author: Kayleigh has always loved animals and has spent time volunteering at the local dog shelter. The love of her life is her four year old Rottweiler, Lizzie. She enjoys writing for since it combines her love of animals with one of her favor... more >>

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