Monday, May 27, 2013

Treats for Your Diabetic Pooch

One of my Yorkies, Zap, was diagnosed with diabetes in 2011. Every twelve hours,
I test his blood glucose level, feed him exactly 1 cup of a prescription diet, and determine how much insulin he needs.  Because Z is a brittle diabetic, and his blood glucose can plunge very low, he gets a snack every six hours. Sometimes he gets tired of broccoli, so I make diabetic dog biscuits.

Zap's father, Murphy (left), doesn't have diabetes.

Nor does Mister.

These Yorkies are serious foodies.
Mister has been known to jump onto the kitchen table the moment his humans
have left the room. Once, he wolfed down Dr. Will's steak.
Mister developed a collapsed trachea after a surgical procedure,
and this condition worsens when he gains weight.

 Murphy is almost thirteen years old and tends to be portly.

All three boys can benefit from diabetic-friendly biscuits and cupcakes.

What You'll Need:

Diabetic Dog Biscuits
                                                                    Yield: approximately 50 biscuits
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2 eggs
1/2 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)

Into a bowl, add eggs and pumpkin. Whisk until smooth.
2 tablespoons dry milk. Stir.
2 1/2 cups brown rice flour
2 teaspoons dried parsley
Place dough onto a (brown rice) flour-smeared cutting board. Roll out 1/4 to 1/2" thick.
Cut into strips or use a cookie cutter.
Place "bones" on a baking pan. Place pan in oven and bake 18 minutes. Turn biscuits.
Continue baking another 18 minutes.
Remove from oven and cool.

Since mixing bowls and ingredients are already on the counter,
it's a good time to make canine cupcakes.

Healthy Peanut Butter-Carrot Cupcakes for your Pooch
                                                           Yield: 1 dozen
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
1 cup shredded raw carrots
1/2 cup organic (sugar free) applesauce
1/4 organic or natural peanut butter (smooth; no sugar added)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup canola oil
1 egg
1 c. whole wheat flour
Blend ingredients.
Line a cupcake pan with liners and add batter.
(It won't rise very much, so go ahead and fill to the top.)
Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until browned.
Note: you can ice the cupcakes by blending 8 oz fat free cream cheese and 4 tablespoons sugar free
applesauce. This is a bit rich for my Yorkies, so I skip this part.

Because a diabetic animal needs to be fed the same amount of food at the same time of day, it's imperative that you consult your veterinarian before adding these treats to his/her diet.
Your vet will explain how to calculate calories and the dog's weight--and he/she will also know
which foods will be acceptable for your animal's personal health history. 

Note: Before making these treats or serving them to your pet, consult your veterinarian.  

Printable Recipes are available HERE.


Publix Grocery-- Natural Peanut Butter (deli)

 Disclosure: Wholeport provided green and red patterned cupcake liners.

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  1. Thanks for sharing the recipes. Sadie says "Woof, Woof" ~ Sarah

  2. Dog gone cute! I bet those cupcakes smelled great baking with the peanut butter and applesauce! Bone Appetite to your canine crew~ hope your Memorial Day was equally delicious :)

  3. ha i was gonna say so dog gone cute too, first time i ever read a comment and see that my twin not only buys the same things, but thinks the same things!

    you did a darn doggie good thing, they are ADORABLE! what a good mama you are to nurse 3 into such good health, i let my girls eat all the $%^# i do, which means they are portly and lazy like their mama ;-)

    loving all the cannie love, you are shaming me into thinking i don't love my dogs enough since i never dreamed of cooking for THEM~ but i would by those doggie cupcakes in a heart beat~

  4. I haven't tried making my pup dog biscuits yet, but I keep saying I'm going to after I find a cookie cutter. I swear if I start making her cupcakes, my husband will truly think I've lost my mind! He thinks I've turned into a crazy dog lady already!

  5. Thanks so much for sharing!! I'm always looking for healthy treats for my dog as well as all my "grand dogs". We just lost one this weekend and our hearts are broken. :( She had kidney problems and just sad. Doesn't matter how long we have them, it's never long enough.

    Again, thanks so much! Thank you for sharing about the cookie cutters too.


  6. How much fun to make all those wonderful little doggy the ones shaped like sweet..the recipe looks so good too...come on over and visit my backyard garden tour, the gate is open...

  7. Nice sharing; very help full for those who take care their pets. Thanks for sharing.

  8. What a sweet post!!
    Full of loving and caring, and of-course beautiful and cute treats :)

  9. You are so sweet to make those for your puppy!! I'd bake something for the cats, but they would probably ignore like they do everything else I try and feed them.