If you choose to give your dog a Kong or licky mat, this recipe makes a nutritious healthy treat for your dog.
- 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:
- MCT 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
- Broccoli sprouts
- Other dark leafy green sprouts
- Cat grass sprouts
- Herb Sprouts (i.e. basil, cilantro, dill, fenugreek, parsley)
- Sunflower sprouts
- Wheat grass sprouts
- 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 or other chew toy you will be filling.
- Take the pre-filled stuffer treat out of the freezer and allow to thaw in the refrigerator for several hours of overnight (time required to thaw depends on the size of the toy you filled).
- When thawed it's ready to give to your dog.
- You can also try -
- 1 tbs of raw unpasteurized natural honey (not for dogs under 12 months of age).
- 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:
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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