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Nutrition for Dogs

Salmon Slices, April's Monthly Treat

Salmon Slices are grain and gluten free. What are some of the other unique properties of the treat?

We love Salmon for the omega-3 fatty acids it contains. They are good for your pups skin and coat while providing support for their immune system. We started by crafting our own jerky for this recipe and then used a grain and gluten free base. We choose Bob’s Red Mill Almond Meal/Flour because it is low in carbohydrates, grain free, and high in fiber. Fiber can help sugars in the pup's from crashing. 

We also added some unsweetened coconut flakes (sulfur/preservative free) and coconut oil. Coconut has benefits for not only your dogs coat but digestive track since it is rich in fiber. Most of the saturated fats in coconut oil are Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT’s). They help the body digest nutrients efficiently. Coconut oil also contains 50% lauric acid (the only other source for this high amount is in breast milk) which has antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties. Below is a short video by Chicago’s own Karen Becker talking about the benefits of coconut oil. 


Lastly we added a high quality little super seed known as black Chia (gluten free). It is non-allergenic. Chia seeds are an excellent source of phosphorus, potassium, copper, iron, and zinc. They contain more calcium than whole milk, more iron than raw spinach and more magnesium than broccoli. They even trump salmon by having triple or more Omega-3 fatty acids!

Omega-3 is important to balance out Omega-6 fatty acids and promotes healthy: cells, immune system, skin and coat, joints, brain development and maintenance, eye development and maintenance and growth.” 

We want to thank our monthly subscribers for allowing us to create unique treat experiences for many pups. This special treat has been receiving great feedback! Stay tuned to find out how we are bringing it to more than our monthly subscribers. 

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March’s Monthly Treat Okinawan (purple) Sweet Potato Cookies

This month’s treat was all about Purple, Yams that is! We used purple sweet potatoes known as Okinawan in their native Hawaii. They are touted as a powerhouse of nutrition and you can find many of the benefits here. The purple pigment provides more than just color. It is a byproduct of the antioxidant Anthocyanin. The Okinawan potato contains 150 percent more antioxidants than blueberries. 

We paired the purple potato with pumpkin seeds. They a great source of protein, amino acids, fiber, iron, copper, phosphorus and magnesium, calcium, zinc, potassium, folic acid and niacin; all important nutrients to your pet’s overall good health. When feeding them please make sure they are raw and unsalted. An interesting fact we also learned about is they are being used as a holistic approach to treating worms in your dog.

We combined jerky, yogurt, and an egg to provide extra protein for your pup. We do keep it simple below is the complete ingredient list. 

  • Rice Flour
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Egg
  • Purple Sweet Potato
  • Dried Cranberries
  • Raw Pumpkin Seeds
  • Turkey Jerky (locally made)

“Sweet potatoes are cooked with the skin produces more fiber than a serving of oatmeal"

We also sent some our customers another version that we made with organic Buckwheat Flour instead of Rice Flour. Buckwheat is a nice grain free alternative for dogs on special diets

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Hawaiian Duck

Every month we try to research healthy and nutritious ingredients for your pup. We also happen to love experimenting, so for January we chose Duck. Duck meat is highly nutritious. It’s a good source of high quality protein, vitamins A, B3 and C. Minerals include iron, calcium and selenium which help protect cells from free radicals that cause heart disease and cancer. The meat itself with fat removed is lower in fat than chicken meat!

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We started with Chick Pea flour, made from garbanzo beans, as the base. It offers a natural source of protein and fiber for your pup. The beans also contain lecithin, potassium, and vitamins A, B and C. We added our own dehydrated pineapple for a little sweetness, a sprinkle of asiago cheese, and packed in tons of handmade Duck Jerky. 

Fun Duck Fact

Through our research we found out ducks have their own research facility. The Cornell University Duck Research Laboratory, located on New York’s Long Island and established in 1949, is considered an international resource on ducks, diseases, nutritious human food supply, vaccine production, diagnostics, and the development of new and improved duck biologics.

Watch out pork! Duck may be the new “other” meat.