Dogs love peanut butter and coconut oil has so many benefits for dogs that this treat is a match made in heaven for your pups. Coconut oil can help your dog’s skin, digestive system, immune system, metabolism, musculoskeletal system, brain, eyes, ears and mouth. It can clear up skin conditions such as eczema, flea allergies, makes coats sleek and glossy and gets rid of odour. It can improve digestions and nutrient absorptions, bad breath and increases energy and helps reduce weight. Coconut oil promotes good nerve and brain function, helps clear up ear and eye infections, improves oral health and can be used to clean teeth.
Research shows that coconut oil is well tolerated in dogs and safe to give in small amounts. It is suggested to give 1 teaspoon of coconut oil per 10 pounds of your dog’s weight per day. It is always best to consult your veterinarian before giving your dog anything new. Start by giving your dog half a treat and then gradually give a whole treat to get the dog’s stomach used to the coconut oil and rotate treats using coconut oil treats on alternate days for the best results.
It is recommended to buy organic virgin coconut oil in a glass jar, not plastic. You will need:
- 1 teaspoon of unprocessed coconut oil per 10 pounds of dogs body weight
- 1 cup of all natural peanut butter
- A sprinkle of cinnamon
- Silicon ice tray in any design
- Start by melting the coconut oil in a small saucepan over low heat until smooth.
- Add peanut butter and cinnamon. Stir until mixture is smooth and thick.
- Pour mixture into silicon tray and tap on the bench to ensure smooth and bubble free.
- Freeze until set.
- Remove from tray and store in an airtight container in the freezer.
- Give the dog the treat on a plate or outside as they soften quickly.
Watermelon and coconut milk dog pup-sicles
This summer treat will cool your dog down and leave them wanting more. Watermelon is harmless to dogs as long as you remove the seeds as they can cause intestinal blockages. Always remember to serve treats in moderate amounts.
You will need:
- A quarter of a seedless watermelon
- 1 can of coconut milk.
- Start by refrigerating the coconut milk until it resembles the texture of yoghurt.
- Scoop watermelon into a blender and add coconut milk gradually.
- Blend until smooth.
- You can add more watermelon to make a darker colour and taste.
- Pour into a silicon ice tray.
- Freeze until fully frozen.
- Remove from tray and serve to dog or store in an airtight container in the freezer for future use.
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