In a recent blog, we covered the fundamentals of determining if your pet has pet food allergies. Now it’s time to learn how to give it a treat without upsetting its tummy!
If you’ve found out that your pet has a food allergy, we have some news for you. Just because your pet needs to be on a special diet does not mean that all pet treats should be taken away. There are many recipes for allergy-friendly goodies that can be found online and in pet magazines. And we have one to share with you, too. These yummy snacks are also very healthy for pets that don’t have food allergies, so all pets can enjoy!
One great homemade recipe to try is Tropical Cookies. These cookies include the ingredients pineapple and coconut, which are both great for dogs. Pineapple is high in vitamin C, and coconut works to keep your furry friend’s coat shining. While the oil in coconut is healthy for your dog’s coat and skin, it would still be smart to check with your veterinarian that this ingredient is okay to use in your recipe.
The ingredients for tropical cookies are:
- Shredded coconut (optional)
- ¼ cup honey
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- 1 cup crushed pineapple (drain first, and set liquid aside)
- 1 egg
- 1 cup tapioca flour
- 1 cup brown rice flour
How to bake:
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
- Mix the flours together in a large bowl
- In a separate bowl, beat the egg first and then add the pineapple, honey and coconut oil
- Mix the ingredients of the two bowls together
- If the dough is dry, use the drained pineapple juice to make the dough smoother
- Spray a pan or baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray or grease with vegetable oil
- Scoop out dough into little balls onto the pan or cooking sheet
- Bake for approximately 10 minutes, or until golden brown
- Let the treats cool before serving to your pooch
This recipe will make about 2 ½ dozen cookies, depending on how big the balls of dough are. The cookies will need to be stored in the refrigerator, and they should last a week there. However, you can keep them in the freezer for up to three months. I am sensing that this would be a great gift idea for all your furry friends during the holiday season.
To find more recipes of treats for dogs with allergies, browse online or ask your veterinarian. Do you have any recipes to share with us?