St. Patrick’s Day is coming up, and we can’t forget to make something green for our pets! These healthy dog treats take just four ingredients and five minutes of prep time, and they help keep their stinky puppy breath away. (Can I get a hallelujah?)
The first ingredient in these special treats is fresh parsley. Not only does parsley help keep dogs’ breath fresh, but it’s also anti-inflammatory and contains a bunch of vitamins and minerals. Fresh parsley may help dogs with arthritis, urinary issues, GI issues, and cancer. (Check out this site and this site for more information!)
The other ingredient making these treats green is spinach. I was imagining these treats to be like little frozen smoothies for Emmy Lou, and since I love adding spinach to my smoothies, I did some research to see if it would be good for her as well. According to my research, in moderation, dogs can also benefit from the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber found in spinach! Blending the raw spinach helps retain the nutrients that can be lost when cooking, but makes it easier for dogs to digest. (Check out this site and this site for more details!)
The next ingredient in the lineup is coconut oil. We rub coconut oil into Emmy’s fur after we give her a bath to help her with flaky skin and give her an extra shiny coat. I like using coconut oil because it’s safe for her to ingest if she licks it off. Her skin has been a little dry this winter, so I thought I would incorporate coconut oil into these treats, too. Coconut oil can also help canines with digestion and reduce allergic reactions. (If you would like to see more information on the benefits of coconut oil for dogs and how much to give them, you can find some information here and here!)
The final ingredient that I used is plain Greek yogurt, which Emmy adores. (I’ve used Greek yogurt in a few other dog recipes on this blog before, but check out sites like this and this if you want to read more about it!)
I like to do a lot of research when it comes to what’s healthiest for my fur baby, so I provided the links above to help you to start your own research. Most recommendations suggest starting with small amounts when introducing new ingredients to your dogs’ diets to make sure they don’t have any issues. Of course, it’s always a good idea to consult with your vet to see what’s best for you and your pup!
With all of that being said, Emmy loved these nutritious little bones, and I love providing her with her own version of a green smoothie! (See the blooper reel below for proof of her excitement!)
Breath-Freshening Green Dog Bones
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It only takes four ingredients and five minutes of prep time to make these nutritious, breath-freshening dog treats!
- about 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
- about 1/2 cup coconut oil (I used this at room temperature, no need to melt it!)
- about 1/2 to 1 cup fresh organic baby spinach
- about 1/4 cup fresh curly parsley
- Combine all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
- Pour into an ice cube tray or some other dog treat mold, such as the one linked in the post!
- Freeze for at least an hour, or until firm.
- Serve as treats when you want to give your dog something special!
You may need to adjust the amounts of the ingredients in this recipe depending on the size of your dog, the size of treats you're making, and the amount of treats you're making. If these are new ingredients to your dog, start out small to make sure there aren't any issues!
It's not recommended for pregnant dogs or dogs with kidney issues to consume parsley. It's also not recommended for dogs with kidney issues to consume spinach.
If your dog is lactose intolerant, you could possibly use extra coconut oil and skip the Greek yogurt, or you could try kefir.
Consult with your vet before feeding these ingredients to your dog to find out what's right for you and your pup!
Blooper reel, aka pics I know aren’t very good but still make me smile:
Ears back, mouth open, drool slobbering, weight on her front paws – ready to leap for that bone!
Can’t you hear her demanding a treat from just looking at this picture?
If you’re interested in the baking molds I used, you can find them at the link below!
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