I have always been an animal person. For years I had asked that when I was five years old, get my first dog, Holly. We named her Holly because she was born just before Christmas and was the best Christmas model ever.
Holly passed away years ago, but now my kids enjoy my Golden Pyrenees (a yellow lab / great pyrenees mix). Daisy honestly watches her children play in the yard and lets a one-year-old baby sit on it and make it a “pet.”
One day, my older children asked if we could make “cookies for Daisy” that they would love. I’ve been relying on the idea of combining dog treats for a while, and that’s what motivated me to finally try some simple, home-made treats.
Home dog treats coconut oil
We give Daisy (and our cats Penelope & Tiger) coconut oil daily, but I wanted to find a way to include this simple recipe.
I got stuck on animal-approved ingredients for dogs: sweet potato, coconut oil / coconut, eggs, coconut flour and gelatin.
Really, any combination of these ingredients will work, but we’ve got a certain proportion that I think Dizzy likes. We also developed a cat-cure combination for Penelope and Tiger.
My favorite part of this DIY recipe is that giving Dizzy her daily coconut oil and her entertainment is an easy way. I also know exactly what is being done in her dog biscuits.
Why Coconut Oil?
Many home remedies include peanut butter, rice flour, whole purpose flour or whole wheat flour. After talking to our doctor, we decided that we wanted our biscuits to be grain-free and nut-free, but full of healthy grease and vegetables.
I made my recipe around coconut oil. According to the American Canal Club, coconut oil is beneficial for dogs. It is more than 90% saturated fat and is an antioxidant that helps in mineral absorption. It contains Medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs), which can give you energy and help to create a shiny coat for your pet.
MCFA also contains lauric acid, which has anti-microbial, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Although coconut oil is full of health benefits for dogs (and dog lovers too!), Consult your doctor before using it in large quantities, especially if your pet has specific health problems. Yes.
One caution: too much coconut oil can cause diarrhea or stomach upset. We have learned that one day a tract is the perfect amount.
Homemade dog treats
Prepare a batch of healthy fats for Fido with a healthy, inexpensive homemade dog!
- 2 Medium sized sweet potatoes Cooked and refrigerated
- 1/2 Cup Coconut flour
- 1/4 Cup Gelatin powder Optional – I ordered it in bulk for my pet and it lasts for months and months
- 1/2 Cup Coconut oil At room temperature or bacon grease
- 1 Egg
- 1-2 Tablespoons Water as per requirement for composition
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Combine all ingredients and mix until well incorporated. If needed, add a little extra coconut flour to get the dough, which is slightly thinner than Play dough.
Make 1 inch balls and flatten by hand.
We created “footprint” shapes with our fingers to make them beautiful (completely optional). If you have extra prep time you can also use a rolling pin to flatten the dog dough to form a cutout shape with a cookie cutter.
Place on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes until the edges are light brown.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before removing.
Store in the refrigerator in a freeze container for several weeks or freeze for several months.
Tips to keep a dog’s treatment fresh
The last thing you want to see after spending time making healthy snacks for your fur baby is your tasty treat.
Since these behaviors are domestic, they do not have protective equipment. They will need to be kept in a cool, dry place to prevent mold growth or deterioration.
Here are some tips to keep your behavior dry, fresh, and ready to go:
- Offer or store these dog treats immediately after they cool down. Give your puppy a sample and then keep the rest.
- I like to have a handful of fruition in a mason pot. They will stay fresh for up to two weeks, but usually do not last long.
- I store most of these biscuits in airtight containers, with a bit of natural leather paper between the layers, and store them in the freezer. They will be stored in the freezer for several months. I avoid plastic containers and prefer to use glass, silicone or metal options.
We give our dog one of these daily and it looks like he is approved!
Do you have any pets? How do you treat them?