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Elimination Diets and Healthy Treats

Published: Monday, May 19, 2014

We often recommend an elimination diet. This is the introduction of a new diet and the withdrawal of all treats and tit-bits for an 8 – 12 week period.

Understandably many owners find this extremely difficult as we all love to ‘treat’ our pets and sometimes it is often difficult to find natural, suitable treats. We often recommend feeding vegetables as the healthy alternative to treats and whilst I have Gypsy, who can’t take her eyes off you whilst you are peeling vegetables for the Sunday dinner and loves all vegetable raw or cooked. I also have Zak, and if you pop raw veg in his mouth it is as if you have fed him poison and he can’t spit it out fast enough! Quite funny to  watch though!

Homemade treats can be another useful alternative.

If your dog was on an elimination diet using the Pork & Potato diet for example you could;Soak a portion of the Pork & Potato diet in water mix in a small quantity of minced pork, place in a baking tray and cook for half an hour at 180 – 200 degrees. Allow to cool and cut into training treat size cubes or larger treat sized portions.This recipe could be adapted to fit in with whatever the elimination diet is. The treats can then be bagged and frozen and defrosted when required.

Healthy treats for dogs

When I was training (or trying to train!) Cider, my Spaniel, I used homemade liver cake treats. I also gave some to Fiona to try with her dog Spencer at the end of a flyball run as Spencer was not the best at coming back, I was told they worked well :)

My recipe for liver cake is;

500 grams of liver, this can be pigs, chicken or lambs liver.
500 grams of porridge oats.
1 – 2 large egg – optional, a small amount of water can be used instead.
2 cloves of garlic or 2 teaspoons of garlic puree – optional.

Place the ingredients in a blender and blend well until the mixture is smooth. Place in a sided baking tray and cook in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees for 20 – 30 minutes. Allow to cool and cut into treat sized squares. Again these treats can be portioned into small freezer bags , frozen and defrosted at room temperature before use.

Plain unsalted rice cakes or plain unsalted popcorn can also make a healthy alternative to treats.

Pet Nutrition Team 

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