These are quite possibly the easiest treats I’ve ever made for my pups, and they’re super healthy! I was inspired to create them because I wanted to make a nutritious, tasty treat to aid an upset stomach. Hudson
can get very anxious with a lot of commotion in the house, and it can cause him to have a nervous, upset stomach. We’ve been very busy these last few weeks with people (and dogs) coming in and out of the house and working crazy hours. I wanted something all-natural and healthy that could ease his stomach when he gets an anxious, upset tummy.
Here are the three ingredients I chose and why: Sweet Potatoes are a good source of potassium, manganese, magnesium, and contain calcium, iron, and zinc. Sweet potatoes are also low in sodium and natural sugars. Sweet potatoes are high in dietary fiber which is great for digestive health. They also contain very little fat. Sweet potatoes shouldn’t be eaten in excess by dogs but can be a great addition to their diets.
Bananas are a good source of potassium, manganese, vitamin B6, vitamin C, fiber, biotin, and copper. Bananas are low in sodium and cholesterol, but do have a decent amount of natural sugars and therefore should only be given to dogs in small amounts as they can cause constipation. Bananas are a key component in the BARF diet given to humans to aid in treating an upset stomach. The skin of bananas should never be fed to dogs!
Turmeric is known as the ‘anti-everything’ for its amazing health properties from being a detoxifier to an antioxidant, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory. “Turmeric is one of the most potent natural anti-inflammatories available,”says Dr. Randy J. Horwitz
. Which is why many dog parents are using it to aid arthritis, here
is a great article about the benefits of turmeric for canine arthritis. Turmeric can also help reduce stomach upset and gas! For my dog Hudson, who is about 80 pounds, I can give him anywhere from 1-2tsp. For questions or dosage amounts, consult your veterinarian or refer to the dosage info on this site.
When adding new foods to your dog’s diet, it is always best to consult your vet!
Recipe & Instructions
1 Medium sized sweet potato
1.5 Tsp of turmeric (based on an 80 pound dogs dosage)
1/2 Cup of water
1 Ice cube tray
1.Cook the sweet potato in the microwave like you would make a baked potato. Poke holes in it, wrap it in a paper towel and heat using the settings on your microwave.
2.Let the sweet potato cool for a bit and then peel off the skin instead of scooping out the inside (I find this makes sure you use all the potato instead of leaving remnants attached to the skin).
3.Peel your banana and put in a bowl with the sweet potato, add 1/2 cup of water and 1.5tsp of turmeric and mash all together!
4.Once mashed and mixed to a consistency you like, add the mixture to the ice cube tray and freeze.5.Let freeze for a few hours, serve one a day, or every other day!