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These four-ingredient puppy paws are adapted from this recipe for Homemade Flea Prevention Dog Treats. I came across this post one day and found it really interesting that in addition to the antioxidants and vitamins found in brewer’s yeast, feeding small amounts to a dog is a natural way to help keep fleas and ticks away!
Randomly enough, I actually had some brewer’s yeast on hand after making these Lactation Cookies for my cousin and one of my good friends after they had babies. (Who knew lactation cookies are a thing?? They were actually delicious!) I thought these treats would be a great way to use that up and also help keep fleas and ticks off Emmy Lou!
I think these little paws are SO CUTE, but an ice cube tray, a mini muffin pan, or a mini tart pan would also work to make these treats! I have these baking molds. I love that you can use these in the oven or the freezer, and they are super easy to clean, too! (Which is a major bonus, because cleaning up is my least favorite part of cooking!)
Emmy takes her taste-testing duties seriously. She made sure to check these bad boys out at every stage!
Besides the brewer’s yeast, these treats are filled with other tasty things that are good for puppies. Greek yogurt has probiotics, which helps keep their bellies happy. Coconut oil is also good for digestion and their skin. (I even rub a tiny amount on Emmy after her baths to help keep her coat shiny!) Finally, it has protein from peanut butter, and I don’t know many humans or dogs who don’t like peanut butter! (Except for my dad. I’m glad that didn’t rub off on me!) Emmy has had stomach issues in the past, so I feel good about giving her treats with so many ingredients to help her digestion.
If you want even layers, you could freeze the peanut butter mixture before smoothing the Greek yogurt on top, but I like them better when they don’t look too perfect!
Emmy got hooked on regular ice cubes when she was teething, and they are still one of her favorite treats. Since she already adores plain ice cubes, she really loved these frozen snacks!
(As I was writing this, she just ate some toilet paper, though. So she’s not very picky!)
How could you ever get mad at that face??
Homemade Frozen Dog Treats
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These healthy dog treats are made with just four ingredients, are good for digestion, and help keep fleas and ticks away naturally!
- About 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
- About 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
- A couple of teaspoons of coconut oil
- About 14 teaspoons of brewer's yeast
- Combine the peanut butter, coconut oil, and brewer's yeast in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for a couple of seconds, until the mixture is pourable.
- Spoon the mixture evenly into the bottom half of a baking mold, ice cube tray, or other mini pan.
- Cover the peanut butter mixture with plain Greek yogurt.
- Freeze until the treats are firm. (I put my baking mold on top of a cookie sheet to keep it sturdy in the freezer!)
- Treat your fur baby!
You will want 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. I've read some recommendations of about a 1/2 teaspoon of brewer's yeast per day for every 10 pounds of body weight, and others that say 1 teaspoon per day is sufficient for most dogs. I decided to only put one teaspoon in each treat, and to only give Emmy one of these treats per day. You could also skip the brewer's yeast! If your dog is lactose intolerant, you could possibly substitute the Greek yogurt layer with only melted coconut oil or leave it out completely. You could also try kefir! Consult with your vet before feeding these ingredients to your dog to find out what's right for you and your pup!
Recipe adapted from Health Starts in the Kitchen
If you’re interested in the baking molds I used, you can find them at the link below!