It's no secret that I'm obsessed with both of my fur babies. We have a 6 yr old Bichon Frise named YaYa ( it means Grandma in Greek) and an Italian Greyhound + Poodle + maaaaaaybe Mini Schnauzer??? mix named Pappouli ( it means Grandpa in Greek). Both are rescue dogs and both mean the world to us. So when Pappouli had to have emergency surgery to remove stones from his bladder, we were terrified. Especially when the doctor said he wouldn't have lasted another night. He had been in & out of the vet the whole month with urination issues and they couldn't quite pin point the issue. However, when he literally couldn't pee one night and was making a pumping motion with his hips, we knew there was an issue and rushed him to the emergency vet in the middle of the night.
He is now susceptible to having the stones return in the future. Poor baby! So our vet has placed him on a strict diet. I asked her, "So how long does he need to be on this diet?" Her answer...."For the rest of his life." Wait what!?! But.....what about his treats? She gave us a list of acceptable ingredients he can have along with his prescription food. From those ingredients, I was determined to make my little guy and extra yummy treat he can enjoy.
Not to toot my own horn, but I more than succeeded! Pappouli is obessed with them, YaYa is obsessed with them, and our in-laws dogs are obsessed with them. He can't have fruits or certain veggies. He can only have rice flour (yep! our dog is so hip and gluten free.) Coconut oil is very good for him. Protein packed egg & greek yogurt is in his restricted diet as well. I kept it pretty simple, keeping in mind my dogs' infatuation with peanut butter, and came up with this recipe below.
It's so easy, makes a ton, actually saves you money, and most importantly, is going to be your dog's new favorite treat. Enjoy!
1.5 cups rice flour (I used Bob's Red Mill )
1/2 cup greek yogurt
1/4 - 1/2 cup natural peanut butter ( our dogs like crunchy Peanut Butter co.)
2 tbs Coconut Oil (I used Trader Joe's Coconut Oil)
2 Whole Eggs
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Mix all wet ingredients together.
3. Add flour and mix until it becomes thick enough to then form into a dough ball.
4. Roll flat and use small cookie cutters of your choice to form your treat. ** we found the perfect Spring shapes for ours this season **
5. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone liner and arrange treats on it.
6. Bake at 350 for 20min and you're done.
P.S. Don't be shy, try them. You know you want to. I did... Kinda tastes like a more flavorful communion cracker but the dogs love them!
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