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Elsie is on a doggy diet!

dog diet
Elsie is such a happy dog!

I am not sure why, but it is weird having to put a dog on a diet. Elsie definitely loves food, and is very food motivated. I didn’t realize that we were feeding her too much, though. I have never had a dog that I needed to watch their weight. I knew she was chubby, but it wasn’t until we went to the vet last time for some vaccines that they said she needed to lose about 10 pounds! She is an English lab, so she will never be thin, they are built sturdier than other labs, but she needs to lose some bulk.

Elsie is an active dog, when we are home. I think during the day she lays around and rests, though. She does go to doggy daycare once a week, for some playtime and socialization. She sure loves that! As soon as we get close, she starts breathing hard and getting excited! She practically breaks down their gate to get inside!

Back to the diet. I put her on grain free, weight maintenance food. I also only feed about 2/3 of what it says on the bag. Vet said they always recommend more than the dogs actually need when they create the amounts on the bag. Don’t worry, she is not starving. I add a little coconut oil (for her coat), a little canned pure pumpkin,  some peas, carrots and broccoli. She loves the veggies!!

So far she has lost about 6 pounds – it has been about 2 months. So its a healthy rate of loss. She seems happy, doesn’t seem to be hungry, I think its a great diet for her! She still does get a little treat now and then, but I am watching it a bit more than I was before. I dont want her to have excess weight, labs get hip dysplasia and hopefully this will help her NOT get that!

Elsie is such a great dog, she is so sweet and fun! I love labs!

Gluten Free Dog Cookie Recipe

Healthy Dog Treats – Gluten free dog cookie recipe

Chloe Relaxing
Chloe relaxing out front

My dog Chloe has Mega Esophagus, which means her esophagus has lost muscle tone and has a hard time moving food down into her stomach. That’s a story all in itself, but because of this illness we were told to give her foods that are easily digestible.  I found a great dog cookie recipe for her! This is my Gluten Free Pumpkin cookie recipe for dogs. Both dogs devour them! Rocco, our boxer sits and drools as they are being baked. Chloe, the lab, doesn’t usually show much interest in food, probably because it makes her uncomfortable to eat – but she loves these cookies!

I can’t take the credit for this recipe. I found it online, but I did change it up so that its gluten-free. Give it a try!

Here is the Pumpkin Oatmeal Dog Cookie recipe. It makes about 4 dozen cookies

What you need:

  • 2 cups of rice flour (available in the health foods area usually)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup of steel cut oatmeal, uncooked. I buy gluten free
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 small can of pure pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (smooth)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 – 2 teaspoons water, as needed

Preheat oven to 350

Spray cooking spray on cookie sheets. I use Pam Baking Spray

In one bowl, mix dry ingredients and set aside

In a larger bowl, mix wet ingredients. Make sure the peanut butter is mixed in well. You can use a mixer, or a spoon.

Then combine all ingredients.  It will be thick and dry. Add a little water so that you can get it all mixed up.

I like to chill the dough for 15 minutes or so before starting, but its not necessary.

Take teaspoonfuls of dough and place on cookie sheet. I put 12 on each sheet. Then press them down into a circular shape. Thin, maybe 1/8 inch thick.

Put into oven for 14 minutes. Flip cookies and cook for another 14 minutes.

Cool completely on cooling rack.  Then store in airtight container in the refrigerator. You don’t have to put in the frig – but they last longer if you do. I am not sure how long they stay good in or out of the frig. Since our doggies love them so much, we use up our bag in about a week and a half.

Note: if you have a smaller dog, you can make the cookies smaller. This size is perfect for my large dogs.

I hope your dogs enjoy this Gluten free Pumpkin Oatmeal dog cookie recipe!