Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Kong Stuffer Recipe - Nutritious Healthy Treat


If you choose to give your dog a Kong, this Kong Stuffer recipe makes a nutritious healthy treat for your dog… 



Ingredients
  • ½ cup meat or meat grind (ground meat, organ meats and bone)
    • If on a 100% raw diet, use raw meat.
      • If not on a 100% raw diet, use gently cooked meat proteins.
      • Meat examples -
        • Poultry / fowl.
        • Red meat.
        • Wild-caught fish such as sardines.
        • Organ meats, including fresh raw tripe.
  • 1 tsp of one of the following:
    • Coconut oil, ghee, hemp seed oil, pumpkin seed butter, sunflower seed butter, tahini.
  • 1/4 cup blueberries (frozen or fresh)
  • 1/3 cup of one or the combination of the following:
    • Dandelion greens
    • Kale leaves
    • Sprouts
      • Broccoli sprouts
      • Other dark leafy green sprouts
      • Cat grass sprouts
      • Herb Sprouts (i.e. basil, cilantro, dill, fenugreek, parsley)
      • Sunflower sprouts
      • Watercress
      • Wheat grass sprouts
Preparation
  • Toss all ingredients in a blender or food processor – puree.
  • Stuff the Kong with the pureed treat mix.
  • Place Kong in freezer.
  • You can cut the above Stuffer treat recipe in half, or double, triple, quadruple the recipe to suit the size and quantity of Kong you will be filling.
Serving
  • Serve frozen.
Variations
  • You can also try -
  • 1 tbs of raw unpasteurized natural honey 
  • Replace the blueberries with tart red cherries.
    • You can also choose other substitutes – for ideas go here >>
  • 1 tsp, up to 1 tbs – *herb or *spice appropriate for your dog’s health. For example:
    • Ceylon Cinnamon – read here >>
    • Ginger – read here >>
    • Turmeric – read here >>
    • Other herbs and spices for dogs – read here >>
    • *use organic or wild-crafted herbs.

Option, No Kong Required – This is My Preferred Method

  • Make the recipe as per above.
  • Fill ice cube trays with the resulting treat mix.
  • Place in freezer and allow to freeze.
  • At treat time, remove the quantity of cubes you wish to use.
  • Serve frozen – do not pre-thaw.

This is my preferred option as I am NOT a fan of Kongs, and here’s why –

  • Kong ingredients are:
    • 80% ‘natural’ rubber.
    • 20% (approximately) unknown strengtheners and fillers -unknown because the manufacturer does NOT disclose those ingredients.
    • Dyes – we have no way of knowing what dyes are used in the manufacturing process as the manufacturer does not disclose this information. We also do not know if scents/ flavorings are used in the manufacturing process as an ingredient in an ingredient (i.e. an ingredient added to the rubber).

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Important Note

1.0 Use of Foods, Herbs, Alternative Medicines:

Safe use of items and protocols in the article above, is your sole responsibility.

Foods, herbs and alternative medicines have health issue, condition and conventional drug interactions. Safe use of all substances and protocol are your responsibility.

Before you use any substance or protocol do your research. Check for cautions, contradictions, interactions and side effects. Do not use substances or protocols not suitable to your animal's individual circumstances.

If your animal has an underlying condition substances and protocols may conflict.

2.0 Definition of Holistic…

Food, herbs, alternative medicines are NOT ‘holistic’ they are a substance and MAY, or may NOT be ‘NATURAL’.

If you use a ‘natural’ substance (ie. an herb) you are using a natural substance, not a holistic substance.

Holistic is not defined by use of one or several substances. Holistic is an approach.

Definition of “holistic” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press

Adjective

"relating to the whole of something or to the total system instead of just to its parts"

"Holistic medicine attempts to treat the whole person, including mind and body, not just the injury or disease."

Holistic is a way of approaching life, and within that health, and well-being.

3.0 Expectation a natural substance remedies a health or behavioral situation.

A natural substance used to treat symptoms. But, if factors causing the underlying issue remain you do not have a remedy.

Remedy requires a comprehensive approach. It is necessary to identify root cause. Remove items that trigger, cause or otherwise contribute to issues. Holistic approach includes design, implementation to treat, remedy and maintain long-term health.

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