Do you feed your pup coconut oil and raw honey on a daily basis? You should. It's recommended up to a teaspoon of coconut oil per 10 lbs of weight and roughly a teaspoon a day of raw honey.Read More
Golden Milk is an ancient drink and a delicious way to get the benefits of Turmeric daily without that bitter bite. I've found it's creamier with a fuller mouth taste when I use canned coconut milk. I also think the canned coconut milk has more of the coconut taste than the coconut milk in the carton which has a much thinner consistency. Honestly I can't taste the bitterness at all and apparently Kirby can't either since he scarfs it right down.Read More
Fish contains high-quality protein, iodine and various vitamins and minerals such as vitamin D. It’s also a natural source of Omega 3 essential fatty acids that don't occur naturally in the cells of dogs so adding them is beneficial to the joints and over all mobility.Read More
Fruit leathers, also called roll ups, can be healthy, satisfying bites of sweetness or tartness with a unique chewy texture. You can make fruit leathers from fresh fruit, but did you know you can make them with canned fruit which is cheaper but still healthy? Try to choose fruit packed in water only, otherwise rinse the fruit canned in sugar syrup.Read More
Sweet Potato Chews
Another great fall root vegetable is the sweet potato. They are a powerhouse of nutrition, bursting with beta carotene (vitamin A), high in vitamin C, a good source of fiber,fat-free and cholesterol-free. In fact, the sweet potato has taken top honors in two surveys of the nutritional benefits of vegetables. When eaten with the skin, it has more fiber than oatmeal. One medium sweet potato, baked with the skin, has about four times the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of Vitamin A and almost half the recommendation for Vitamin C.
These chews are super easy to make.
- Sweet potato
- honey or blackstrap Molasses
1. Wash the sweet potatos and pat dry.
2. Slice as thin as possible. A Mandolin makes this easy.
3. Place in zip-lock bag and add flavor of choice. Mix well in baggie until all the slices are coated and place on dehydrator trays.
4. Dehydrate until the chews have the desired texture and dryness you want. If you don't have a dehydrator just place on a foil lined baking sheet and bake at 250 degrees checking often.
I mixed half the slices with honey and used my dehydrator.
And I mixed the other half with blackstrap molasses and baked in the oven.
Kirby's favorite? Given a choice he went for the blackstrap molasses every time.
There are so many liquid flavors you can try...chicken stock, liquid smoke, even carob molasses. I'm not sure how long these chews will last because we had a foster dog when I made them. Between the two dogs they lasted less than a week. I would suggest keeping them in an air tight container in the refrigerator. Watch for any mold and throw out at the first sign.
Honey Apple Delights
The other day a friend of mine at the bank brought us a Honey Apple Bundt Cake she had made which was absolutely delish! I brought an extra slice home and ended up giving Kirby a bite or two since I can't seem to resist those sweet brown eyes. He loved it too which could only mean I needed to devise a honey and apple dog cookie for him with much less sugar.
An interesting tidbit is the Jewish Feast of Trumpets where the apples and honey symbolize the sweetness of the Lord and the sweet year to come. I'm not Jewish but we can all use a little more sweetness this year.
- 2 cups oat flour
- 1 ½ cups brown rice flour
- ½ cup clover honey
- ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
1. Combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly.
2. Roll out to 1/4 inch thick and cut using cookie cutter of choice.
3. Place on parchment lined baking sheets and bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes. They can be placed close together since they won't spread while baking.
4. Turn off oven and leave for roughly thirty minutes.
These can be stored in a closed container in the refrigerator for at least a week.
Is your canine companion having a special occasion? A Barkday Party? Furry company coming for a play date? Maybe it's just a glorious summer day worth celebrating? These cute pupcakes are bursting with healthy flavors and antioxidants your dog is craving!
Blueberry Pup Cakes
Calories from fat: 102/51/205
- 2 cups oat flour
- 2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 cup safflower oil
- 1/2 cup plain yogurt
- In a large bowl mix together all ingredients.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes for mini muffins or 22 - 27 minutes for regular size muffins. Muffins are done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
- Spoon mixture into muffin tins**.
- Remove from oven and let cool completely on a wire rack.
Store individually wrapped in saran wrap in the refrigerator for up to a week. When ready to serve top with frosting.
Frosting (for 12 large, 24 mini, 6 pupcakes)
Calories from fat: 2/1/5
- 1 8-oz package low fat cream cheese
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Let cream cheese come to room temperature.
- Mix thoroughly and frost pup cakes.
**We live near Mississippi State University which means we are in "bulldog country" so it's easy to find just about anything bulldog related. I picked up the silicone muffin pan which makes six 4x4x1 inch paw shaped cakes. You can visit FanPan an online store that caters to the college crowd. You can order 100% FDA approved silicone cake pans, muffin pans and ice cube trays in assorted collegiate shapes and sizes.
Now is the time to stock up on canned pure pumpkin which is an amazing ingredient for dogs. Constipated? A little pumpkin can help. Runny stools? A little pumpkin can help. Upset tummy or trying to transition to a new food? Again, a little pumpkin can help!
This recipe is not only tasty but chock full of incredibly healthy ingredients for sensitive tummies. Pumpkin is packed with large quantities of vitamin A for resistance to infections, improve night vision and keep the body's membranes healthy, potassium for good blood pressure, iron for healthy blood, and roughage to help digestion. We only use fresh pumpkin or canned pumpkin, never pumpkin pie mix which has sugar and other harmful ingredients.
Harvest Pumpkin Balls
Calories from fat: 4/2
- 2 cups oat flour
- 1 egg
- 1 cup pure pumpkin
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 teaspoons ground flaxseed
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- Thoroughly mix together all ingredients in medium size bowl.
- Shape into balls and place on lined baking sheet. This dough is very sticky so I let the mixture chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes for easier handling. Then I scoop out balls with my silicone melon scooper and let them chill for about 10 minutes. Then I cut those balls in half with a sharp knife and roll into small balls. If you don't want to spend the time forming the balls, use a spatula to smooth out the mixture on the lined baking sheet. When halfway baked, score with a pizza cutter. Watch your cooking time as the thinner they are the faster they will bake.
- Grab a small handful and place on a lined cookie sheet. Flatten slightly and make sure there are no loose pieces.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool.
Note: To make them really crispy turn off the oven and leave the treats in for another 20 minutes.
These treats have a crispy outside with a soft, moist center which means they will mold like any baked good. Keep refrigerated up to a week or freeze up to three months.