Dream dog. Not even kidding. Like up there with Lassie and Old Yeller and Old Dan and Little Ann. Loyal. Obedient. Intelligent. Playful. An all around people pleaser. Lives, I repeat, lives for his red frisbee.
Our old boy turned 11 years old over the weekend. Given his large size (approximately 90 pounds), the vet classifies him as a super senior. I agree — he’s pretty SUPER! But this also means he’s struggled with arthritis for the past couple years, especially in his hips. We manage it pretty well by keeping him at a healthy weight, feeding him a salmon based dog food, and supplementing with fish oil and Cosequin (fyi: this supplement was a big game changer in managing Cohen’s symptoms). I’ve made it a tradition to cook him up a special treat to celebrate his birthday. This year, I wanted to take a “food as medicine” approach and incorporate lots of anti-inflammatory ingredients. After doing a bit of research and taking Cohen’s favorite foods into consideration — the star anti-inflammatory ingredients in this recipe include ground flax meal, turmeric, sweet potato, and pineapple.
I also used brown rice flour (Cohen is sensitive to wheat) and, perhaps the most drool-worthy ingredient, melted bacon fat. Seems we always have a jar of bacon fat floating around at the back of our refrigerator, so this was a perfect way to use it up. I used sweet potato baby food leftover from the baby shower (so convenient!) and pureed the pineapple myself. The dough was the perfect consistency to fill this silicone treat mold I purchased from Amazon. You can also add a bit more rice flour to make a stiffer dough that can be rolled out and cut into shapes.
As for how they taste, I can’t comment personally but Cohen (and his sidekick Wrigley) gobbled these treats right up and whined for more!
Side note, Justin and I have always wanted to see how Cohen would look in one of those lion mane costumes. We always say he’s King of the Dogs – a title given to him by a little boy at the park. Dog costumes are really the most ridiculous thing and a great way to accumulate non-essential “stuff”…but I broke down and bought one anyway. Cohen was not amused, but we were not disappointed. I’m laughing right now looking at these pictures!! And now (cue royalty fanfare horns), ladies and gentlemen, may I present to you King Cohen!
If you make these homemade anti-inflammatory treats for your pup, let me know how they turn out and if your dogs like them as much as ours did!
- 1½ cups (201 g) brown rice flour
- ½ cup (50 g) ground flax meal
- ½ cup (111 g) melted bacon fat
- ½ cup (120 g) sweet potato puree
- ½ cup (120 g) pineapple puree
- 1 tablespoon (7 g) turmeric
- 1 large egg
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Mix well with a wooden spoon or spatula.
- Place silicone molds on a cookie sheet and fill with dough. Tap the cookie sheet on the counter a few times to help the dough settle into the molds. Alternately, add up to ½ cup rice flour to the dough mixture. On a floured surface, roll out dough to ¼ inch thickness and cut into shapes.
- Bake for 20 minutes. Turn off oven. Remove treats from silicone molds and allow to cool in oven. Flip shaped treats and allow to cool in the same manner. This will help the treats to crisp up.
- Store treats in an airtight container at room temperature or refrigerated for 1 week. They can also be frozen for up to 2 months.