Our 14-year old dog, Rusty, recently had six teeth removed. Those six teeth were barely attached to his gum. He was soon diagnosed with cancer of the jaw. Because of his age we decided against the traditional medical options, removal of his jaw followed by radiation, and maybe chemo. This option might buy him a little more time, according to the vet. But what would his quality of life be while going through major surgery, radiation, and possibly chemo therapy? It was time to get to work!
Previously his food had consisted of homemade combined with dry food. Now, it’s 100% homemade. Many hours of research went into creating his new diet. Although a raw diet would have been ideal if his immune system had not already been compromised, I decided to go with a cooked diet of meats combined with small amounts of veggies and fruits.
After much research, Dr. Karen Becker’s Real Food for Dogs and Cats is where I found the basis for Rusty’s complete whole food diet. It’s been a lot of work preparing recipes, portioning for each meal, and cooking his food fresh for breakfast and dinner. Whether or not the change in diet makes a big difference in his health, I will always be happy that I gave it my best shot. Plus, Rusty absolutely loves his new diet and his appetite has only grown.
Peanut Butter Doggie Cookies were created specifically for dogs who have dental issues. Also, the coconut flour is a great source of fiber. Of course, younger dogs will also enjoy these healthy wholefood cookies.
NOTE: Check with your veterinarian before making any changes to your pet’s diet. Also, please be aware of any allergies your pet may have to specific ingredients and avoid ingredients which have caused reactions in your pets in the past. If you are unsure about a specific ingredient found in one of our recipes, introduce the food to your pets in small amounts first.
- 1 cup coconut flour
- 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon natural peanut butter
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup water + 1 tablespoon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Blend or beat eggs, peanut butter, and water until smooth. Stir in coconut flour to form a dough.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Divide and shape dough into 24 1-inch balls. Dip fork into a little water and press dough with a fork, forming the traditional crisscross marks on top.
- Bake 20 minutes. Note: The longer they bake the harder they become. For younger dogs or dogs without dental issues, cookies can be baked 35 to 40 minutes. This method creates a more traditional crispy dog treat.
- Cool completely before serving. Store in an airtight container just as with human cookies.
- Tip: We chose not to use any sweetners. However, 1 teaspoon of honey can be added for a slight touch of sweetness.