Looking for a new recipes to make for your dog? These ones will tickle his tastebuds and improve the health of his skin and coat.
Certain whole foods, like eggs, liver and sweet potatoes, work from the inside out to boost the health of your dog’s skin and coat. Read on for a few recipes that incorporate these — and other — health-boosting ingredients!
Chia coconut crunch truffles
- 1½ cups rolled oats
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ cup coconut flour
- 1½ tablespoons chia seeds
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- 1 cup almond butter
- 2 whole eggs
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla
- ¼ cup carob chips
Choose organic ingredients whenever possible. Preheat oven to 350°F. Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Combine all ingredients, except the carob chips. Ensure ingredients are well incorporated, then fold in the carob chips. Form small balls of dough with hands and place on cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely before serving. Store in a Ziploc bag or airtight container, in the fridge or freezer.
This recipe can also be prepared and served as a “raw” whole food treat. Simply skip the baking process. If you like, raw truffles can be rolled in coconut or carob for extra pizzazz. Store in a Ziploc bag or airtight container in the fridge or freezer.
Oat ’n egg scramble
- 2 eggs, whisked
- ½ cup rolled oats
- ¼ cup goat milk
- 1 to 2 teaspoons first pressed olive oil
Combine ingredients in a medium sized bowl. Leave to sit for 10 minutes. Lightly coat pan with olive oil, add contents of bowl, then scramble like regular eggs. Cool before serving as a topping for your dog’s regular meal.
You can experiment with this recipe by adding herbs like fresh oregano and a dash of sea salt. Organic brown rice flakes can be used in place of the rolled oats.
Chicken liver fritters
- ½ pound chicken livers
- 1 egg
- potato flour for dredging
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 tablespoon first pressed olive oil
Whisk egg in a small bowl. Set aside. Put about ½ cup of potato flour in another small bowl. Begin to heat olive oil in pan, on medium high. Dunk chicken livers in egg, then in the potato flour, and place in the pan with olive oil. Sprinkle with sea salt and other herbs of your choice. Cook until there is no pink left. The chicken livers will be golden brown in color from the egg and flour mix. Cool completely before serving, as a very special treat, and store in the refrigerator or freezer.
After cooking and cooling, chicken liver fritters can be thinly sliced and dehydrated or dried in a low heat oven, for a great training treat.
Suzi Beber has been successfully creating special needs diets for companion animals for two decades. She founded the University of Guelph’s Smiling Blue Skies® Cancer Fund and Smiling Blue Skies® Fund for Innovative Research. She is the proud recipient of a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, and was honored with the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, for her work in cancer, from the University of Guelph/Ontario Veterinary College. The Smiling Blue Skies Cancer Fund is also the recipient of the “Pets + Us” Community Outreach Champion Award.