The last year of Sammy’s work as a Service Dog he began to have issues with his front right leg. Arthritis was setting in so retirement was quickly approaching. Luckily I was at a place where I didn’t need a Service Dog and so a new chapter of life began for both of us.
He was started on Chinese Herbs (Canine Body Sore) and he seemed to be doing very well. Unfortunately a side effect of working for several years, walking on pavement and being everywhere I was, meant that more joints would most likely be affected. A year and half later his back legs started bothering him, much more than the front leg had.
So we added more supplements, including turmeric to his daily food as well as Arthritis Cookies. After several attempts at recipes we got from others, including a veterinarian, that he either didn’t like the taste of or had questionable ingredients, I created a recipe just for him.
They work great, he loves them, and so we thought we would share that recipe with you and your pet. WE have tested them on Sammy’s friends, including dogs who don’t have arthritis, and they all agree they are delicious!
WE hope your pup enjoys them too! Be sure to let us know what your dog thinks of them!
Sammy’s Arthritis Cookies
⅓ cup Pumpkin Puree
2 tbsp creamy natural peanut butter**
2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
⅓ cup coconut flour
½ tsp cinnamon
1 tsp turmeric
In a small bowl add coconut flour, cinnamon and turmeric. Combine well, set aside.
In a medium sized bowl add egg, pumpkin puree, peanut butter, and one tbsp of coconut oil. WhIsk together with a fork until creamy (do not use a hand mixer or blender!).
Add ingredients from the small bowl, fold over to combine once, add remaining coconut oil, and fold over a few more times to combine well (do not wisk, just continue to fold over in bowl until completely combined).
Using a measured teaspoon for scooping, form into small balls and place on a cookie sheet covered with a baking mat or parchment paper (see notes). Press down to form a cookie shape. These cookies DO NOT spread out, so you can place them close to each other, but not touching (or they will not cook through properly).
Cook at 350 degrees fahrenheit for 17 minutes ~ until the bottoms are lightly golden brown. Timing is for a gas stove, so if you use an electric stove be sure to check after 12 minutes to determine your timing.
Remember, this is made with love for the pup in your life, so take your time and think good thoughts about your canine while preparing these cookies. Your dog will be very grateful!
* I used a flax egg, however you can also use a chicken egg. Please note that the dough might turn out a bit dryer. If you choose to do this just note your mixture at the end and if it appears slightly dry add 1-2 tsp of coconut oil and fold in. Dough should not be dry, but slightly damp to the touch and roll easily in your hand.
**do not use peanut butter with anything added including salt! Just unsalted peanuts!
Flax Egg: 1 tbsp golden flax meal to 3 level tbsp of water. Mix well and let sit for 30 minutes to congeal before adding to the mixture.