Healthy ‘No Bake’ Easter Dog Treats

Healthy ‘No Bake’ Easter Dog Treats

Healthy ‘No Bake’ Easter Dog Treats

As I’m sure you’re aware, chocolate is toxic to dogs.  But that doesn’t mean they should miss out on all the fun at Easter.  Try these healthy Easter dog treats – they’re quick and easy to make and my dogs love them.  Plus, they contain ingredients with numerous health benefits for your dog.

Materials

  • Whisk or folk
  • Small bowl or ramekin
  • Silicone mould – I used this Easter egg mould, but you can use whatever shape you want or even an ice cube tray will do
Ingredients; kefir, spirulina, turmeric, beetroot powder

Ingredients

  • Plain unsweetened Kefir – if your dog is lactose intolerant you can get a dairy free kefir. This can also be substituted for natural yoghurt if desired.
  • Spirulina
  • Turmeric
  • Beetroot powder

 

Health Benefits

Kefir

Kefir is a fermented milk drink which has many health benefits for your dog.  It is a good source of protein, calcium, vitamins, and minerals. However, the main health benefits come from the probiotic content which promotes a healthy digestive system, enhances the immune system, and helps fight allergies and yeast infections.

How much should I give my dog?

Small dogs: 1 tsp - 1 tbsp 
Medium dogs: 1 tbsp - 2 tbsp 
Large dogs: 2 tbsp – 3 tbsp 

Spirulina

Spirulina is a type of bacteria called cyanobacterium.  It is high in protein and iron, and is rich in vitamins and minerals.  Spirulina has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, and can improve gut health, strengthen the immune system, reduce allergies, and help detoxification.  It is also thought to have anti-cancer effects.

How much should I give my dog?

Recommended dose is 1/8 tsp per 10lbs or 4.5kg of body weight

Note: always use high quality, organic spirulina as contaminated spirulina may be toxic.

Turmeric

The active ingredient of turmeric is a compound called curcumin. Curcumin has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-cancer properties.  It can help dogs with arthritis or joint pain.

How much should I give my dog?

Recommended dose is 1/8 to 1/4 tsp per 10lbs or 4.5kg of body weight

Beetroot Powder

Beetroot is a superfood which is packed full of vitamins and minerals.  Beetroot powder is antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, and a natural detoxifier.  It can reduce blood pressure, help with bone health and alleviate skin conditions.

How much should I give my dog?

Small dogs: ½ - 1 tsp
Medium to Large dogs: ½ tsp - 1tbsp

Recipe

For this recipe, I will only be adding a small amount of spirulina, turmeric and beetroot powder to get the desired pastel colour of the Easter treats.  You can adjust the quantities of these additives as required.

  1. Add approx. 1/8 teaspoon of spirulina, turmeric or beetroot powder to a small bowl or ramekin.
    turmeric in ramekin
  2. Add kefir (approx. 1/2 cup).
  3. Whisk to mix.
    whisking beetroot powdr & kefir
  4. Pour mixture into silicone mould.
  5. Place in the freezer until solid (~ 2 hours).
  6. Pop out of mold and give to your dog. Remaining treats can be stored in the freezer in a zip lock bag or container for 1-2 months.

dog eating easter dog treat

  

 Disclaimer:  I am not a veterinarian, and this information is based on my own research.   If in doubt consult your vet before giving the supplements mentioned in this article to your dog.

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