As a healthy treat and addition to my dogs’ home made food, I wanted grain-free, healthy nutrient rich alternatives to replace the commercially manufactured dog cookies that I formerly added to my dogs’ daily meals.The following recipe and its companion, my homemade dog food recipe is appropriate for:
- Teenage Dogs;
- Adult Dogs, and;
- Senior Dogs.
The only reason the commercial pet food industry has established a sales niche for puppy food, v.s adult dog food, vs senior dog food is because the adult dog food produced by the pet food industry is often deficient in good source nutrition.
While an adult dog may be able to sustain such deficiencies for longer periods of time – dogs that are more vulnerable – such as puppies, will show the effects of deficiencies more quickly, the same can be said for many senior dogs.
As well, the pet food industry has created a niche for ‘weight control’ dog foods for adult and senior dogs. Another invention made necessary by the inadequacies of pet food industry products. A dog that is on a species appropriate diet is much less likely to become overweight than a dog that is fed a nutrient poor and grain-based diet. Grain gets converted by the body into sugar very quickly – this spikes insulin levels and has a collective effect of creating constant hunger in the dog. In addition a dog that is fed a diet that is primarily comprised of fillers and poor source carbohydrates must consume a much larger quantity of that ‘food’ in order to obtain actual nutritive value. The combination of these two facts creates obesity in dogs, just as it does in humans. If a dog is fed a truly good diet – that same diet can retain its value unchanged throughout the life-span of the dog – from puppy, hood to adult to senior.
If you need your dog to loose weight – the best approach is to feed your dog a truly good diet, cut back on carbohydrates, increase protein and good source fat (i.e. coconut oil a good source omega-6 fatty acid, a high quality omega-3 fatty acid such as Norwegian cod liver oil, Wild Alaskan salmon oil or Norwegian krill oil), introduce appropriate cooked, frozen-thawed and fresh veggies and fruit prepared properly to maximize absorption of nutrients, and turmeric.
For puppies up to 8 months of age exclude the garlic from the recipe. Once puppy is 8 months of age add the garlic to the recipe.
- 3 cups meat or fish
- if you feed your dog raw food, use raw meat
- if you feed your dog dry or wet processed food, or cooked food – cook the meat on lowest possible temperature until just cooked, then remove from heat.
- 3 to 4 tbs of coconut oil, olive oil or sesame oil;
- 3 to 4 tbs of organic apple cider vinegar;
- 2 cups grated/shredded cheese – cheddar, mozzarella, provolone or Swiss;
- 1 fresh lemon (rind, pulp, juice, seeds removed), finely minced – lemons have many beneficial properties;
- 1/8 cup organic basil – fresh or dry
- 1/8 cup organic anise seed (whole or ground);
- 1/8 cup organic caraway seed (whole or ground);
- 1/8 cup organic fennel seed (whole or ground);
- 4 garlic cloves, finally minced (yes, it is safe for dogs when fed in reasonable amounts daily and offers many health benefits);
- 1/8 cup dry or fresh dill (chopped);
- 1/8 cup ground flax seed, or chia or saba chia seed, or hemp hearts.
Preparation, Serving and Storing
- Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.
- You can form into little round pebbles, balls or flat cookie shapes using a spoon and your palms.
- Place in a container.
- Store in refrigerator for up to one week – you can also freeze it.
- If you are not going to be freezing the treat you can simply place in container and spoon out at treat-time.
- You can also use this as a food topper at meal-time.
- You can cut the recipe in half, thirds, or quarters depending on how many dogs you have and how often you want to feed them the treat.
Recipe #2 – Scrambled Eggs, Cheese and Coconut Oil
- 6 Omega-3 enriched eggs;
- 1 tsp to 1 tbs coconut oil (depends on the size of the fry pan you are using);
- 1/2 cup grated/shredded cheese – cheddar, mozzarella, provolone or Swiss;
- If going raw with this treat just whisk all ingredients together and serve.
- If cooking this treat –
- Add the coconut oil to a fry pan and set on low heat;
- Crack the eggs into a bowl and whisk them;
- Add the grated cheese to the whisked eggs;
- Pour the egg and cheese mixture into the heated fry pan and cook on low heat;
- Scramble them as they start to cook;
- When the eggs are fluffy and still a little moist they are ready to serve;
- Allow the scrambled eggs to cool down to warm, before placing the treat in your dog’s food bowl.
You can cut the recipe in half, thirds, or quarters depending on how many dogs you have. Provided you use whole eggs (both yolk and egg white) when making this recipe your dog can have this treat daily. If you only use the egg white, give this treat a maximum of 3 times per week. Long-term consumption of egg white without the egg yolk can cause a our dog to have a biotin deficiency. Egg white contains avidin which over time can interfere with the body’s absorption of biotin. Egg yolk contains biotin in sufficient amounts to balance and the intake of avidin.
Cheese – Cheddar, Mozzarella, Provolone or Swiss
Eggs contain Lutein and zeaxanthin – two caratenoids that support eye health – particularly important for aiding in the prevention of macular degeneration and cataracts. Eggs are high in protein and iron and naturally occurring vitamin D. Eggs are rich in vitamins and minerals (i.e. sulpher) that support the growth and maintenance of healthy fur and nails. With the growth of mass production of eggs Omega 6 levels have risen dramatically resulting in a disruption of the natural ratio of Omega 6 to 3 in eggs. For that reason it is best to purchase Omega-3 enriched eggs.
Additional Treat Recipes
- DIY Smoothies & Frozen Treats for Dogs – Nutrient Rich Refreshing Relief During Hot Weather – recipes and health benefits here.
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