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Recipe Friday – Candy Cane Peppermint Treats For Dogs

Just in time for the holidays, you can make a yummy treat for your dog!  I will include recipe items for dogs with gluten allergies.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups whole wheat flour (about 2 1/2 -3 cups of rice flour for dogs with allergies)
  • ½ cup powdered milk (most powdered milk is gluten free, but check the label just in case)
  • 1 cup chicken broth (some broth contains wheat, so make sure you read the label, and make sure it is gluten free, or if you cook chicken for yourself, you can save the broth from cooking it).
  • 2 large eggs (set one aside for egg wash)
  • 1 tsp. Peppermint oil
  • red food coloring (optional)

Directions:

  1. Whisk all your wet ingredients together until well combined.
  2. Add dry ingredients, one at a time, stirring between each addition to incorporate.
  3. Knead dough on floured surface for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Divide dough in half, make a well in one half and add the peppermint and food coloring-working it in and adding food coloring until desired color is reached.
  5. Place both dough rolls back into bowl, cover, and refrigerate for 1 hour to firm dough.
  6. Preheat oven to 350F.
  7. Cover a cookie sheet in foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  8. Whisk egg for wash in a small bowl.
  9. Remove dough from refrigerator, break each dough color up into an equal number of pieces- about a Tbsp. or so in size-depending on the size of the recipient.
  10. Roll each ball into a small snake-like shape.
  11. .Work on a long sheet of wax paper creating candy canes to prevent sticking- dough will still be somewhat sticky and that is normal.
  12. Twist one of each color together and bend the end to create a hook shape.
  13. Place your “Candy Cane” on the foil lined baking sheet.
  14. Brush each with egg wash.
  15. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  16. Cool completely and store in an airtight container.  Keep in fridge for a week and if there are leftovers, freeze them in freezer bags for up to six months.

 

 

Recipe Friday – Turkey Cuppy-Cakes For Dogs

With Thanksgiving here in the USA just a few weeks away, here is a great recipe where you can use up some of your leftovers and make treats for your pups.  I have included gluten free ingredients for those pups with allergies.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground Turkey, cooked and drained (If your dog cannot eat turkey, ground chicken, duck, pork or beef is fine.)
  • 1/4 cup dried Cranberries
  • 1/4 cup Pumpkin Puree (check that label says gluten free if you are making it for dogs with allergies.)
  • 1 stick Butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup Milk (you can use any other milk if your dog cannot handle cow’s milk.)
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 cup Whole Wheat Flour (you can try 3/4-1 cup of rice flour if your dog has allergies.)
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder (make sure the label says gluten free if your dog has allergies.)

 

Directions;

1. Preheat oven to 350F and grease a muffin tin with olive oil or skip greasing and just line with paper cups.

2. In a medium bowl mix whole wheat flour (or rice flour) and baking powder then set aside.

3. In a large bowl mix cooked ground turkey (or other ground meat), cranberries, pumpkin puree, butter, milk and egg.

4. Once well combined add the flour mixture and stir until mixed.

5. Spoon cupcake batter into muffin tin until 1/2 full, flatten to fill the cups.

6. Bake for 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

7. Cool 5 minutes in pans then remove and place on wire racks to cool completely.

If you want something extra special, top with a scoop of mashed potatoes and a sprinkling of parsley.

Makes about 3 dozen cuppy-cakes.  Store in the fridge in an airtight container for about a week.  Freeze any leftovers and thaw as needed.

Dogs and Flatulence

This is an article I received from Sasha’s vet and I thought I would share.  We all have dealt with flatulence from dogs at some point or another.  Sasha was suffering from room-clearing flatulence for a long time, until we found out it was from her wolfing (no pun intended) down her food.  Sometimes it is as simple as that, other times it can be something serious.  Read on:

What Is Flatulence?

Flatulence occurs when gas accumulates in your dog’s intestinal tract and colon. This is a normal process that occurs when bacteria break down certain types of food. While it can be disruptive and disconcerting, it is rarely indication of a severe health problem.

What Are Some Causes of Flatulence in Dogs?

Dietary causes are the main source of flatulence in dogs. Low-quality foods with ingredients that can’t be fully digested can cause gas. So do random table scraps and foods containing lactose. Some animals may also have food sensitivities and allergies, too, so it’s important to find out what your dog’s stomach can and cannot handle.

Flatulence can also occur when a dog wolfs down his food. If he eats too fast, your dog may swallow air that will eventually have to find its way out.

Which Dogs Are Most at Risk?

All dogs are prone to flatulence, especially if they’re fed a low-quality food with fillers and artificial preservatives, random table scraps, too many snacks or foods they’re allergic to.

Could Flatulence Be A Symptom of Another Health Issue?

Persistent canine flatulence can be a side effect of certain medications and can also be a symptom of other medical problems.

What Can I Do to Reduce My Dog’s Flatulence?

Feeding a consistent and healthy diet is the best way to reduce your dog’s flatulence. Here are a couple of rules to follow:

  • Feed your dog a nutritious, highly digestible food. Do a little research to find the brands that are appropriate for his age, breed and lifestyle. Watch out for ingredients like ash, low-quality proteins and corn products that make your dog feel full, but aren’t rich in nutrition. And do ask your vet for advice about pet food.
  • Don’t feed your dog random table scraps. Allergies or sensitivities to certain foods are common.
  • If your adult canine is a fast eater, you might divide his portion in half and let him eat two small meals a day.
  • Know your dog’s allergies and food sensitivities, and steer clear of foods that will irritate her stomach.
  • Some dogs are also lactose intolerant, so dairy is a no-no.

You’ll know you’re feeding your dog a healthy, highly digestible food when he no longer has gas and begins to excrete firm, well-formed feces.

What Are Some General Hints for Choosing a Healthy Dog Food?

  • Look for food that has an AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) label claim.
  • Choose premium rather than generic or economy-brand dog foods.
  • Meat—not a meat by-product—should be first on the list of ingredients.
  • There is low or no ash.
  • There is minimal to no corn, cornmeal or wheat, fillers that can irritate allergies.
  • There are minimal to no chemical preservatives.
  • Omega fatty acids, which have great health benefits, are included in the ingredients.

When Is It Time to See the Vet?

If your pet’s flatulence persists even though you’ve changed his diet and aren’t feeding him anything out of the ordinary, schedule a visit with the veterinarian. Your dog may have a medical problem, gastrointestinal irritation or a food sensitivity you aren’t aware of.
Source: apsca.org

Recipe Friday – Bacon Nom Noms

Here is a great treat to get your dog begging for more!  Remember to feed treats in moderation only.

Ingredients:

  • 6 Slices of bacon (can be pork bacon or turkey bacon)
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon Bacon Oil
  • 2 Tablespoon Crunchy peanut butter (or smooth, whichever you have on hand)
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1/2 Cup dry milk powder
  • 2 Cups of Oat Flour
  • 2 Cups Ground oatmeal or Wheat Germ (use gluten free oats and grind them in a coffee grinder if your dog has gluten/wheat allergies)
  • 1/2 Cup Cornmeal (this can be omitted if your dog has corn allergies. It adds a trivial amount of crunch, so if you want to add something to it that your dog is not allergic to, feel free).

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Crumble Bacon, and beat eggs.
  3. Mix all ingredients together well in a large mixing bowl, until they have a kind of cookie batter type consistency.
  4. Drop heaping tablespoons onto a greased baking sheet. (Or if you have a smaller dog and prefer smaller sizes, you can use a teaspoon or melon baller for smaller sizing).
  5. Bake for 15 minutes.
  6. Turn the oven off and leave the cookies in the oven to dry out. (Usually I leave them for 8-12 hours)
  7. Store in a ziploc bag or airtight container for up to two weeks, if you want to refrigerate them, that is fine as well)
  8. This recipe yields about 4 dozen treats.

 

Recipe Friday – Doggie Meatloaf

Here is a great treat for your dog.  Remember to feed in moderation.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth (or beef broth)
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground chicken — or turkey (or beef, or venison, or any meat that your dog can eat)
  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese
  • 2 whole eggs (or egg substitute if your dog is allergic.  You can omit, although the loaf may not hold together that well without a binding agent such as eggs).
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ (can be left out if your dog is allergic)
  • 1/4 cup carrot — finely chopped (can be left out if your dog is allergic)
  • 1/4 cup spinach — finely chopped (can be left out if your dog is allergic)
  • 1/4 cup zucchini — finely chopped (can be left out if your dog is allergic)
  • 2 cloves garlic (some people do not use garlic at all for their dogs.  You can use it if you wish or omit)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a large mixing bowl add meat, cottage cheese, veggies, and eggs. Mix thoroughly. Add wheat germ and olive oil, mixing well.
  3. Add mixture to loaf pan, bake at 350 for 1 hour or until done.
  4. Allow to cool thoroughly then cut into pieces and store unused in airtight container for up to two weeks in the fridge.