Welcome to Four Legged Fancies!
I created 'Four Legged Fancies' as my family and I have been involved with dogs for over 30 years. We are Guide Dog puppy walkers and have helped train over 45 dogs in their first stage in becoming working Guide Dogs. I did not just set up this business as I am dog mad but more importantly I was concerned about the junk that goes into some pet foods. Many dog treats on the market might look nice and tasty but many of them contain high amounts of sugar, salt, colours, additives and preservatives, all of which can lead to an unhealthy pooch.
All of my treats are made with healthy, natural ingredients and kept as low fat as possible with none of the nasties mentioned above.
Also I think the best part of treating your dogs is not only doing it with something tasty but also with something that is fun for the owner, this is why most of my treats are a bit mad such as my 'Bangers N' Mash pupcakes' or my 'Lamb Terrier' biscuits. These treats make fun and original gifts for dog owners and are a great way to say 'Thank You' or 'Happy Birthday' to a special doggy mad friend!
So welcome to the site, head on in to find a great list of fun products to suit even the pickiest of pooches.
All of these recipes are dog friendly and come from a knowledge of what ingredients are safe and not safe for dogs to eat. If you are cooking for your dog please note there are a few ingredients that must not be used under any circumstances, some you probably know but some are a surprise.
Alcohol (some people think it's funny to give their dogs alcohol but animals are not able to think like us so being drunk is a very confusing, frightening and potentially lethal state for a dog).
Artificial sweeteners, Avocado.
Chocolate (please do not underestimate how lethal chocolate can be, I met a man who accidentally killled his westie at Christmas by giving him some people calendar chocolate, please do not make the same mistake out of kindness).
Coffee/Tea (The caffeine in tea and coffee can make a little dogs heart beat unusually fast, although you can not see it do not presume nothing is happening, caffine can be very dangerous).
Macadamia Nuts (peanuts are ok).
Onions (Be careful when giving food off your plate or a bite of a pasty to a dog, many human foods contain onions, Garlic is in the same family but can be eaten in small quantities).
Wheat allergies are very common in dogs and can cause a number of unpleasant problems such as itchy skin, runny tummies, wind and diarrhea. If your dog is displaying any of the symptons above including biting their paws, rubbing their face or generally being very itchy I would reccommend you have them tested for a wheat allergy.
I am happy to say that after a lot of researching and experimenting all of '4LF's' doggy treats are now made with 'non wheat' flour such as rye, oat, barley and spelt flour. Please note I do not claim these treats to be 100% certified 'wheat free' as not even the flour I use claims to be 100% wheat free as cross contamination with wheat flour can happen in the growing or manufacturing process of non-wheat flour.
It is also important to remember that 'wheat free' and 'gluten free' are two different things and extra care should be taken with coeliac dogs. Please consider these points and your own dogs dietry needs when purchasing these biscuits. If it is just personal choice to avoid wheat in your dogs diet then my treats are the perfect choice however if your dog has a strong allergy to wheat or gluten then its better if you play it safe and stick to the gluten free biscuits listed on the website.
Four Legged Fancies is a DEFRA approved business, 34/642/8015/ABP/PTF.
In compliance with DEFRA regulations are products are routinely tested for any nasties and our premises regularly inspected so you can buy with confidence.