You know I love to feed Walter coconut oil. If you aren’t already aware of all the benefits coconut oil provides to dogs, be sure to check out my previous post, which talks more about them. The biggest benefit we have enjoyed, is coconut oil’s ability to keep Walter’s teeth and gums clean + healthy. He will be 5 in October and has never had his teeth cleaned. During his last visit, the vet said he had the teeth of a 1 year old dog (#ProudDogMama).
Our experience of fostering through Fetch Wisconsin has introduced us to an entire community of dog
freaks lovers, who have taught me even more about the benefits of coconut oil. Our foster community has used coconut oil to treat everything from peeling paws to itchy skin. My foster partner also introduced me to the magic dog vitamin supplements such as Naturvet, and I knew I had to start incorporating a vitamin supplement into Walter’s routine! (click here to read full post)
We fostered two young puppies, both of them were having GI issues related to a parasite they were recovering from. A few days of adding a powdered vitamin supplement to their food made a drastic improvement! The right supplement should provide your dog with probiotics, prebiotics, key nutrients for healthy intestinal function, anti-inflammatory ingredients, enzymes and other valuable nutrients! It’s kind of like a multi-vitamin for your dog, that helps support a healthy digestive system.
INGREDIENTS / SUPPLIES
1/8 Cup Naturvet Power
1/8 Cup All Natural Peanut Butter (I used YumButter)
1 Cup All Natural Coconut Oil
Silicone Paw Molds (for small dogs, for large dogs)
Squeeze Bottle (optional, you can also opt to use a freezer bag)
1 (or 2) quart-sized Freezer Bags
Place the coconut oil in a ziploc bag, and place the bag in hot (not boiling) water, until it warms up and turns to a clear liquid. You may need to massage the bag to get it to completely liquify. While that is warming up combine the peanut butter and Naturvet in a bowl, and mix until it forms a pretty solid dough.
Begin forming this mixture into small balls. Place your silicone mold on a tray or pan that will fit in your fridge or freezer. Then place A PB/Fido Vite ball in the bottom of each mold.Once coconut oil is completely liquefied, snip a corner off the ziploc and empty into a Squeeze Bottle (optional, it’s messier but you can just clip corner and use bag similar to a pastry bag). Fill each mold with coconut oil. The coconut oil will solidify at temperatures below 86 degrees…so if left at room temperature it should solidify again, but placing the mold in the fridge or freezer will speed it up!
Store them in an air-tight container and keep them cool so that they don’t melt! If your furry friend enjoys the treats, we’d love to see a photo on Instagram! Tag me @Thyme_is_Honey (I promise to show #WalterBtheJRT).