This one is for the puppers in your life: Simple homemade dog treats with an added boost for joint support
We have a sweet little pup, Abby, that we adopted last year. She has deformities in her front paws. While they don’t seem to bother her, I wondered if her quiet demeanor had anything to do with her being in a bit of discomfort. After all, I’ve learned to deal with my joint issues and tend to just get quiet and withdrawn when I’m feeling miserable. Besides, she’s prone to arthritis because of it, so anything we can do for joint support now is a good things. But this girl LOVES her treats, so that got me to thinking.
I use copaiba oil daily to support my joints, to ease discomfort and to support my immune system. After doing some research, I found it is also good for dogs. An easy way to get them a daily dose is to add a diluted drop onto homemade dog treats
Copaiba & Canines
“In native medicine, Copaiba has been used for humans over many hundreds of years. Research indicates that this essential oil has many properties and pathways similar to those of products we currently use for joint discomfort in conventional veterinary medicine.
Copaiba can also enhance the effects of other medications, therefore providing adjunct support for your dog. It contains high levels of β-Caryophyllene, a chemical constituent also found within CBD or cannabis oil.”
Back to how we give Abby a bit of Copaiba every day: These homemade dog treats are soft, so it’s simple to put a drop on the treat. It soaks in quickly and both Abby and our other pup Kirby love them. Our dogs are small and do not need a full drop of Copaiba, so we dilute the essential oil with an oil like avocado, MCT or olive. I took a copaiba bottle that was fairly empty and added oil so the ratio was 3:1 carrier:EO. Our doggos are in the 5-9 pound range. In general, for each 50 pounds of dog, approximately one drop is given twice a day, so you can adjust according.
It’s a good idea to check with your vet first and to make sure that you’re using a brand of oil that is safe for internal consumption. Message us if you’d like some advice. Copaiba is also effective topically, so again dilute (and dilute a lot for little dogs just like you’d do for a little person) before applying.
We also use coconut flour in these homemade dog treats as it also has loads of benefits for our four legged family members. Coconut flour is high in dietary fiber, in protein, and in healthy fats – the trifecta of amazingness. Most doggo’s love it too! Don’t try to sub other flours in for this recipe though. Coconut flour absorbs a lot of liquid, so we have to use a lot more liquid ingredients in any recipe that calls for it.
And without further ado – here’s the recipe:
Peanut Butter Homemade Dog Treats
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup creamy ALL-NATURAL peanut butter (no added sugar and especially be sure no XYLITOL. It’s very dangerous for dogs. Be a label reader)
1 cup water
1 cups coconut flour
1 tablespoon liquid omega oils (optional)
Combine all ingredients. Dough should be thick and not sticky (think play-doh). I used my hands to form the dough into a square on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and used a pizza cutter to cut into squares. You could also use cookie cutters. Bake 15-16 minutes at 350 degrees.
This batch will last 2-3 weeks. We tend to store them in the fridge during the summer (aka HUMID) months just to be safe. The treats freeze well too.
A printable version of the recipe is below.
When we’re ready to give the dogs a treat, I add a drop of my Copaiba mixture to the treat – at this point Abby and our other pup, a tiny Chihuahua/Pomeranian mix named Kirby are pretty crazy excited. Kirby has this spin move that he does when he’s jazzed about a treat. Most of the time I don’t even think they chew them.
Almost all of these ingredients can be ordered from Thrive Market. I love their high quality products, great pricing, and the fact that everything is delivered to my door in no time. You can check out their offerings here – and get a free gift when you get started.
Word of warning – label your jar “dog treats” or an unsuspecting husband might try to snack on them. Not that we’ve had that happen or anything…
PS) when it’s time for puppy birthday parties, we got a great cake recipe!
Homemade Dog Treats
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup creamy all-natural peanut butter no added sugar and especially be sure no XYLITOL as it is poisonous for dogs
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup coconut flour Grab some from Thrive
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon liquid omega oils, optional
- Combine all ingredients. Dough should be thick and not sticky (think play-doh).
- I used my hands to form the dough into a square on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper
- We then used a pizza cutter to cut into squares (or use cookie cutters). Bake 15-16 minutes at 350F.
- These homemade dog treats should be good for 2-3 weeks. They also freeze well. If you live in a particularly humid envirnoment, it is helpful to store these treats in the refrigerator