This one is for the puppers in your life: A super simple dog treat that makes it simple to give the fur babies their daily dose of oil
We have a sweet little pup, Abby, we adopted a few months ago that 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 After all, I’ve learned to deal with my joint issues and tend to just get quiet and withdrawn when I’m feeling miserable.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.
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.”
I wanted a simple way to give Abby a bit of Copaiba every day. These 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 without further ado – here’s the recipe:
Peanut Butter Love Dog Treats
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1/2 cup creamy ALL-NATURAL peanut butter (no added sugar and especially be sure no XYLITOL)
- 1/2 cup water
- 1-1/2 cups flour. I used a combo of almond and oat flour. Look for flours that have some good nutritional value. Coconut flour is not a good sub here though; it absorbs liquid more than other flours and would make the dough too dry.
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 15-20 minutes at 325 degrees.
This batch will last 2-3 weeks. The treats freeze well too.
When we’re ready to give the dogs a treat, I add a drop of my Copaiba mixture to the treat – at this point both pups are getting pretty excited. Most of the time I don’t even think they chew them.
Word of warning – label your jar “dog treats” or an unsuspecting husband might try to snack on them 😉