As an owner of three dogs, I find again and again that treats cost way too much! I am a cookie machine — if my dog comes inside the first time I call them? Cookie. If my dog willingly goes into their crate? Cookie. If my dog doesn’t bark at the door bell? Well, you get the concept. So, how do I find a balance between the super crazy expensive treats and the junk food treats you buy at the grocery store? I did a little experiment and KABOOM! DIY dog treats! Now, in no way am I the first person to think of adding coconut oil and turmeric together. So then, why coconut oil? And why am I feeding my dog a spice?
Coconut Oil: Why am I feeding my dog fat?
Just like humans, there are fats that are good for us and fats that are bad for us. The same goes for your dog! Coconut oil is an ingredient found in many beauty products for humans, so why feed it to your dog? There is this little wonder component of coconut oil called Medium chain triglycerides (MCT), which is a type of fat. MCTs have been proven to be an immediate source of energy, to aid in enhancing your dogs athleticism, and, wait for it… WEIGHT LOSS! Right? I was shocked too. A fat that helps your dog lose weight! The Medium chain triglycerides in coconut oil help balance thryroid homrones, helping them lose weight.
In addition to weight loss, this superfood also does a lot of other things:
-Helps reduce pain in dogs with arthritis and ligament issues
-Helps your dog’s focusing abilities (hello, puppy brain!)
-Improves absorption of nutrients and in turn, improves your dog’s overall digestion
– When applied topically, it can help cure hot spots, yeast infections, cracked paws and noses and infected scrapes and cuts
-Can help prevent cancer in your dog due to it’s medium-chain fatty acids that have “anti-tumor” properties
As with everything, it is important to introduce coconut oil slowly into your dog’s diet, as too much at once can cause loose stool. Add it slowly into their diet, and once they are comfortable, you can feed 1 tsp for every ten pounds, or 1 tbsp for every thirty pounds.
Turmeric: Nature’s Cure for Everything
Turmeric is a new craze that has popped up in the dog community over the last few years. While turmeric is a great supplement for all dogs, senior dogs can gain amazing benefits from it! Senior dogs tend to suffer the most from arthritis, and turmeric is a natural pain reducer due to the bio-active compound, curcumin, found in this spice. Turmeric also has a positive impact on heart health! It lowers level of LDL (also known as the “bad” cholesterol) and helps to thin blood which reduces the risk of clots, strokes and heart attacks significantly in your dog. If your dog is already on a medication that thins their blood, ask your vet before adding it to their diet.
What else does Turmeric do?
-helps to detoxify the liver
-new studies have shown that it helps to prevent cancer (the number one killer of dogs)
-helps relieve allergies by boosting the immune system
-aids your pet to metabolize fats and helps weight loss
If your dog already has preexisting medical conditions like diabetes, liver or kidney failure, it is best to double check with your vet before feeding your dog turmeric! As it is a natural preventative for these issues, it can sometimes lower the effectiveness of the medication already prescribed by your vet.
How do I Use it?
As we are all busy people, not a lot of us have time to measure out the correct doses everyday for our dog’s meals. By making coconut oil and turmeric dog treats, you wont have to worry!
You will need:
-100% Virgin Organic Coconut Oil (I buy mine at Superstore for about ten dollars for 860ml, but you can also find it at any health food store)
-silicone ice cube trays
-ground, organic turmeric
Measure 1/2 cup of coconut oil and place in a boil. Microwave on high for 20 seconds. Remove, stir, and microwave for another 20 seconds. The coconut oil should be in liquid form.
Place coconut oil into silicone ice cube tray and fill half full. Add 1/4 – 1/2 a teaspoon of turmeric to each treat.
Fill the rest of the molds with coconut oil and mix until turmeric is combined with coconut oil. Mix well, as some of it will settle.
Place in fridge for 20-30 minutes until set. When cleaning, remember that turmeric stains! OOPS!
Once solid, remove from fridge and carefully remove the treats from the trays.
Give yourself a high-five for your hard work and place in a container. Store in fridge for best results as they can melt a bit at room temperature.
And there you have it! Affordable, healthy dog treats for at home! Let us know in the comments how yours turn out if your dog’s like them!
Keep those tails waggin’ and those kisses coming!