If you have a pup at home, you know that the cost of food and treats can add up quickly. This is even truer if your dog experiences any form of food allergies! Making your own treats at home will not only help you to save money but also gives you complete control over what your dog is eating. Don’t believe me? Check out this recipe for Pumpkin Butter Oatmeal Dog Cookies!
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Alright, so the last 24 hours in our house have been a little beyond crazy. As I am writing this I am sitting here with my puppy Daviana curled up at my feet and I am more appreciative than I have been in a long time to just watch her sleep peacefully.
Yesterday morning I woke up to a very sick puppy. She was throwing up, having a hard time breathing, she had no energy and she just wasn’t herself. I will be completely honest when I say this dog mom shed some serious tears because I was honestly worried that I was going to lose my girl, it was that bad. We have an AMAZING vet, I can’t say enough good things about him. Local readers: Dr. Ross at Amherstburg Animal Clinic – seriously, take your pets to him, you won’t regret it! Anyway, we called him up and got an appointment to rush her in.
As I have previously discussed, we have always had an issue with Daviana’s allergies. This dog is allergic to everything and anything, and in the past, due to atopic dermatitis, her reaction to an allergen is rather severe with significant hair loss and welts. Adding to the stress, at 9 ½ years old her allergies have worsened over time. The reactions that we were seeing were her body responding to an allergen. Turns out we’ve got to be even more diligent moving forward!
There are some things that we can’t avoid, such as pollen and grass. We can make sure we clean her up after she’s been outside and keep her medication in check, but she is inevitably going to be exposed to these things. We can, however, control what she’s eating.
Recently my best friend started her own blog Flavour with Flair. She shares her favourite recipes, restaurant reviews and food-related information. One recipe she shared, however, was for her adorable little pug Dorian – Pumpkin Butter Oatmeal Dog Cookies. She had been messaging with me talking about Dav’s allergies and even provided a ‘Dav Friendly’ version of the recipe. With her permission, I am sharing that recipe here and highly recommend you check out everything else on her blog!
- ½ cup pure pumpkin puree
- ½ cup natural peanut butter*
- 1 teaspoon Ceylon cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup oats
- 2 cups rice flour
#1. Preheat oven to 350o
#2. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients.
#3. Knead the dough for 1-2 minutes until it forms a smooth dough ball.
#4. Place the dough between 2 pieces of parchment paper and roll out the dough until it is ¼ inch thick.
#5. Press desired cookie cutter into the dough. You may need to flour the cookie cutter between each cookie.
#6. Place the cut-out cookies onto a lined baking sheet.
#7. Bake for approximately 30 minutes.
#8. Cool completely before sharing with your fur baby.
* Always double-check the ingredients list on the jar of peanut butter before sharing with your pup! Many companies include Xylitol as a sugar substitute. This ingredient can be extremely toxic for your fur-pal and can induce hypoglycemia. I strongly suggest using JIFF for any pet-friendly recipes because they document on the label that they provide a Xylitol free product.
Do you make treats for your pups? If so, what are their favourite flavours?