7 January 2015

Homemade Dog Cookies.

Taking care of a dog that is as agile as any cat can have it's problems. The Husky can stand on the window sill or kitchen table with no effort at all - she can take food from the top of the fridge, as well inside the fridge. It means I had to do my research into what foods dogs cannot eat, having to google 'Can dogs eat tomatoes…?', Can dogs eat apples…?', Can dogs eat an entire pack of butter…?' I came across an interesting list of foods that dogs can eat.

Pure Natural Yoghurt - Calcium & Protein.
Flax Seed - Fibre & Omega-3 fatty acids.
Salmon - Omega-3 fatty acids.
Pumpkin - Fibre & Vitamin A.
Sweet Potatoes - Fibre, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Beta Carotene & Manganese.
Green Beans - Plant Fibre, Vitamin K, Vitamin C & Manganese.
Eggs - Protein, Riboflavin & Selenium.
Brewer's Yeast - Vitamin B.
Apples - Fibre, Vitamin A & C. (Not the core because of the cyanide in the seeds.)
Oatmeal - Fibre

With this in mind, I wanted to make her some home made treats she would enjoy. I will be honest, I did eat one myself - they were quite nice! 

1 medium size sweet potato, approx. 360g, cooked and cooled but with the skins left on
1/2 fillet of salmon, approx. 65g, flaked into small pieces
1 organic egg
1/4 cup oats, soaked overnight in water
1/4 cup oats, dry
1tbsp coconut oil, warmed

Combine all of your ingredients except the sweet potato and dry oats into a bowl and mix well. Add and mash the sweet potato, keep stirring and mashing until you have a smooth-ish consistency. Add the dry oats last and mix in well, the dry oats will help absorb any excess liquid and cook in the oven. Divide the mixture into 14-16 pieces, rolling each one into a ball and pressing flat into cookie shapes on a greased baking tray,(they will be quite soft, so do so gently.) Bake in a preheated oven of 180C for 20mins until slightly browned at the edges. Remove from the oven and using a spatula, flip the cookies over and bake for a further 5-10mins. Remove and allow them to cool completely, before storing in an airtight jar and keeping refrigerated. They will keep for a week, so you can freeze some for later, you can give your dog one a day.

Makes 14-16 cookies.