Whole foods are a great way to boost the overall health of your pup and “optimize” certain aspects of their diet depending upon what your pup needs in the moment as far as their overall health.
The idea of this joint treat was to add ingredients that would both reduce oxidate stress, and support health joint function in dogs using natural ingredients as a firm base. But make it in such a way that allows you to add additional supplements into the treat as your pup ages, under the direction of your veterinarian. Personally I’ve used these treats as a vessel for my pup’s daily joint supplement routine. Making Ranger is own DIY Joint Treats that are pre-made to fit his needs!
The mollusks in particular offer anti-inflammatory properties from omega 3 fatty acids, and the other powerful joint/immune boosting vitamins and minerals like zinc, vitamin d, vitamin e, selenium, manganese, and vitamin c.
The bone broth naturally contains things like collagen, hyaluronic acid, glucosamine and chondroitin. – which support cartilage formation and joint health in dogs.
The pumpkin provides not only a great source to antioxidants to the mix, but the seeds provide an excellent source of ALA, and magnesium – both of which can help with overall inflammation within the body.
I chose frozen rather than gelatin or baked (which would be need to be heated) in order to allow for more flexibility to add additional supplements to the treats. This is because many joint supplements are heat sensitive – such as green lipped mussels, fish oil, and cbd – and could loose effectiveness if heated.
- Oysters – source of – omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin B12, zinc, and copper, selenium and vitamin D
- Mussels – source of – omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin B12, manganese, selenium.
- Pumpkin Seeds – source of – ALA (alpha-linolenic acid), manganese, magnesium, zinc, along with vitamins alike vitamin B2, and vitamin e. They also contain powerful antioxidants called carotenoids.
- Sardines – source of – omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin B-12, vitamin D, selenium, and calcium
- Bone Broth – source of – collagen, glucosamine, chrondrotin, hylaronic acid,
- Pureed Pumpkin – source of – Beta-carotene, Vitamin c, lutein and zeaxanthin – which are antioxidants.
Calories: 1070 kcal
- 8 oz Mussels, cooked, or canned in water without salt
- 8 oz Oysters, cooked, or canned in water without salt
- 4 ⅜ oz Sardines, cooked, or canned in water without salt
- 4 oz bone broth, beef
- ¼ c pumpkin seeds
- 1 cup canned/pureed pumpkin
This is probably the most simple treat you will make if you have a food processor or a blender. Simply add the mussels, oysters, sardines, bone broth, and pumpkin seeds into a blender or food processor, and blend until smooth.
Then use your mold/tray and add a layer of the sea mixture, then add the canned pumpkin on top of that. Freeze overnight, then serve the next day.
Keep in mind that all treats or additions should be kept at 10% of your pup’s overall daily caloric needs. This entire recipe is 1070 calories – so depending on your pup, you can either use very small molds, or very large molds in order to account for the amount of treats your pup could get!
I chose molds that were very small – about 1 tbsp each – then just layered in my mixture. I made three trays of treats with this recipe, and each tray contained 21 treats! Making each treat about 17 calories.
I would speak to your veterinarian about which supplements would be ideal for your dog and their particular medical needs – since not all dogs do well or should be all supplements. And contrary to popular belief ALL supplements do have side effects and contraindications in some dogs.
- Green Lipped Mussel Powder
- CBD Oil
- Glucosamine / Chondroitin
- Fish Oil
With my set of treats I divided them in half and one set just has Green Lipped Mussel Powder – for Ash who doesn’t have joint disease yet, but he is getting on in years. The other has Green Lipped Mussel Powder CBD Oil, Glucosamine / Chondroitin, and Fish Oil – for Ranger who has Hip Dysplasia and Arthritis. The nice thing about these joint treats is that I don’t have to remember all the individual supplements during mealtime, instead I can just offer one “custom” joint treat to each pup twice daily!
Did you try out these treats? Let me know how it went and make sure to tag me on instagram or facebook at @thecaninehealthnut with your recipes re-creations!