As mentioned in a previous post, our dog Nelson had spinal surgery recently for a ruptured disc in his back 😦
It’s a long and slow recovery process. Luckily, I think the toughest part is now behind us (fingers crossed and knock on wood.) In fact, he can just about walk now! (see video link below)
One of the (several) small problems we’ve encountered along the way, was some doggy constipation. My mom asked me to come up with something that would help poor little Nelson to “go”. I happily obliged. I love making adorable puppy treats. They get so excited when they know it’s something special for them 😉
These biscuits are super packed full of fiber and great puppy nutrition. They also only need a few ingredients. Here’s how I did it:
1 (29oz) can of pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie puree) – I went with the big can for these. I wanted each biscuit to have a serious amount of pumpkin
3 large eggs + 1 egg (beaten for the egg wash)
3 cups oat flour (I made my own oat flour by throwing rolled oats into the blender and blending until a flour-like consistency. Be sure to measure after blending, not before)
2 cups wheat germ (full of fiber, lots of protein, healthy fats, and vitamin E. You can find this in the grocery store usually near the oats and granola. You keep it in the fridge after you’ve opened it)
1.5 – 2 cups of all purpose flour
1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the pumpkin puree and the eggs.
2. Add in the oat flour and wheat germ and mix until well blended.
3. Add in the all purpose flour a half a cup at a time and continue to mix. When it gets too tough to whisk, use your hands and knead the dough to get it all mixed in. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
4. Take the ball of dough and place it on a lightly floured cutting board. Use a rolling pin to roll it out to about a quarter inch in thickness. Then, using fun shaped cookie cutters, cut the dough into shapes and place the biscuits onto a baking sheet that has been sprayed with non-stick spray.
5. Brush the tops of the biscuits with the beaten egg.
6. Bake in the preheated oven for about 20-25 minutes. Biscuits will start to get slightly browned when they are done.
7. Allow your puppy to taste!
(these are best stored in the fridge)
I then took them down to Nelson to see if he liked them!
Nelson has his own little cage area set up in the basement. We have to keep him separate from the other dogs right now. It’s not safe for them to interact just yet.
You can see that his scar is healing up nicely 🙂
Nelson likes these biscuits so much that he walks over to the mini fridge in the basement where we keep them and he scratches at the door till we give him one. It’s pretty adorable.
As mentioned, he is pretty much walking now (although he’s still quite wobbly), which is amazing considering that only two weeks ago he was completely paralyzed. Keep your fingers crossed for a speedy and safe recovery from here on out!
Click here to watch Nelson walk!
Oh, and if you have any puppy recipes you love please share them with me and my babies!