Homemade Treats To Improve Aging Dogs’ Health

homemade treats to improve aging dogs healthWhether your dog is a senior with arthritis, or you want to start early preventative care for your young pup, these homemade treats are rich with ingredients that help with arthritis and inflammation, joints, digestion, skin/coat, tumors/cysts, cholesterol, cancer, and cataracts. They’re a great source of antioxidants, beta carotene, fiber, vitamin A,  potassium, iron, Omega 3 fatty acids, protein, and B vitamins. This recipe is super easy, tasty, and so healthy for our dogs! The human members of your family may even like them too. 

Ingredients That Help Aging Dogs IMG_2682

  • Turmeric – a natural spice that has amazing health benefits for humans and animals. It has natural anti-inflammatory properties to help joints and is known to help with fatty tumors and cysts. Known to lower LDL (bad cholesterol) and rich with antioxidants believed to prevent and fight cancer. It’s also packed with beta carotene which can prevent cataracts. 
  • Pumpkin – great source of fiber for dogs with an upset stomach, regulates the digestive system, and a source of vitamin A, potassium, iron, and beta carotene. 
  • Flax Seed Meal – incredible source of Omega 3 fatty acids which is great for dogs’ skin and coat. The antioxidants in flax seed are also an anti-inflammatory. 
  • Oats – a great bowel regulator, source of protein and B vitamins, calms nerves, and prevents tumors.
  • Eggs – excellent source of protein 
  • Meat – you can use ground turkey, venison, beef, pork, or chicken depending on what you prefer to use. I recommend a lean meat like turkey, venison, or chicken. 

Amount of Turmeric Depends on Your Dog’s Weight

You will need to adjust the amount of turmeric you use in this recipe depending on your dog’s weight.

If your dog is:

1-25lb = 1 Tb of turmeric

26-50lb =2 Tb of turmeric

51-75lb = 3 Tb of turmeric

75lb+ = 3.5 Tb turmeric 

Step 1: Mix All Ingredients In A Large Bowl

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.


  • 1 C ground flax seed meal
  • 1 C of oats
  • 2 eggs
  • Turmeric (amount depends on your dog’s weight)
  • 1 can pumpkin

IMG_2685Your mixture will look like this once combined thoroughly. Next step is to add the 1 lb of ground meat:

IMG_2686Once you’ve added the ground meat, the mixture will be finished:


Form The Treats

IMG_2688The mixture will be slightly sticky, so rolling the treats into balls or using cookie cutters wouldn’t be an easy task. I simply grabbed globs of batter out of the bowl and plopped them down onto the baking sheet. I pushed down to flatten them, and they’ll taste just as good if they’re ugly as they would cut into pretty shapes!


IMG_2690Once the baking sheets are full of treats, place them in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Depending on the size of your treats, they may need to bake for more or less time than that. I didn’t bake mine for long, because these are specialized for elderly dogs. A softer treat is better than a crunchy one on their teeth.

 Chow Down!

Turmeric can cause dehydration, so make sure your dog has plenty of water available when you serve these treats. 

IMG_2726 Jem and Zoey loved the smell of the treats coming out of the oven!

IMG_2743Of course Jem did her typical move: jump up onto the counter to investigate! 

IMG_2791And she loved what she smelled! 

IMG_2805Jem and Zoey loved these treats sooo much that I couldn’t even get a clear picture of the crazy girls! They went nuts! Safe to say this is a recipe for the record books. 

Storing These Treats

You must keep these natural treats in the refrigerator since they lack preservatives. They will last up to a week in the refrigerator and up to 3 months in the freezer. You can also freeze the uncooked dough if you would rather not bake them all at once. 

Do you have any other tried and true methods for helping elderly dogs feel more comfortable or prevention for younger pups? 

Yummy Homemade Banana Dog Treats

homemade banana dog treats from radiofence.comWhat’s better than homemade dog treats? When they’re only 1 ingredient! These banana dog treats are super easy to make and much cheaper than store-bought treats. You can’t go wrong! And your doggy is going to love them.

Step 1: Prepare Your Ingredients

All you need for this recipe is bananas! I chose to use 5 bananas because I have 3 hungry doggies to treat this week. 

homemade banana dog treats from radiofence.comI chose bananas that still had some green color. This made them stay in tact better when I cut them rather than soft, ripe bananas. 

Step 2: Peel and Cut The Bananas

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homemade banana dog treats from radiofence.comI sliced my bananas into bite-sized pieces since my dogs are small. When I give them treats, I like them to be bite-size rewards after a walk, trick, or good behavior. Over-treating can lead to obesity and other health problems. 

banana dog treats from radiofence.comYou can also slice the bananas long-ways into three pieces for a chewy treat for bigger dogs. This shape is also great if you want your dog to have a treat that will last longer.  Don’t worry if you can’t cut them perfectly, as you can see mine broke!

Step 3: Place & Bake

homemade banana dog treats from radiofence.comPlace the bananas on a baking sheet. You can use parchment paper, but I didn’t have any in stock! I heard that squeezing lemon on the treats will keep them from browning, but I don’t know if it made much of a difference. I’d say that this step of adding lemon isn’t necessary. 

homemade banana dog treats from RadioFence.comBake in the oven at 200 degrees for 1 hour & 30 minutes. They will come out of the oven still a little bit soft. Let them sit and cool for about 30 minutes, then remove from the baking sheet. You can cook them for longer if your dogs prefer a crispier treat. 

Step 4: Go Bananas!

Yep, that’s right. My pups went absolutely bananas over these treats! It was so much fun to watch them freaking out over the taste. 

Zoey and Laci were the first ones out of the gate…

zoey and laci homemade dehydrated banana dog treats from radiofence.comI wasn’t sure which one of them would get the first bite…

homemade banana dog treats from radiofence.comBut before they could get a taste…

radiofence.com banana dog treats INCOMING! Jem swooped in for the prize! And with one sniff of the banana…

banana dog treats from radiofence.comShe was hooked!

radiofence.com banana dog treatsZoey had to see what all the fuss was about…

radiofence.com banana dog treatsAnd she was in love!

radiofence.com banana dog treatsIt was Laci’s turn to fight for a taste…

radiofence.com homemade banana dog treatsShe wasn’t about to let Jem steal her bite…

radiofence.com homemade banana dog treatsOut of the way, Jem… this bite is mine!

laci radiofence.com homemade banana dog treatsSuccess! Laci got her bite, and she went crazy for it…

radiofence.com homemade banana dog treatsThe girls loved their treats so much that they wished their Uncle Buddy there to try them. But since they didn’t have a big dog to share the big pieces with, they would just have to split it in three…

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Health Benefits Of Bananas For Dogs 

Bananas are beneficial to dogs when given in moderation, so a treat is the perfect solution. They’re one of the most nutritious fruits you can feed your dog. They have high levels of vitamin B, vitamin C, fiber, and potassium that your dog may not be getting from her dog food.

Large/Medium sized dogs can eat up to half of a banana a few times per week. Smaller breeds should have smaller slices. It is recommended to feed your dog bananas in moderation since they can cause constipation in humans and dogs when consumed heavily. If your dog struggles with constipation on a regular basis, it may be wise to avoid banana treats. 

Dogs that suffer with colitis, which is inflammation of the colon, benefit greatly from eating bananas because the enzymes soothe irritations in the intestines. Always consult your veterinarian to make sure any nutritional additives to your dogs diet coincide with her treatment regimen. 


If you love how easy dehydrated dog treats are to make, check out our other recipe:

Jerky Treats Killing Dogs, Cats – 2013 Recall for Dog Food Treats

Jerky treats are killing dogs (and some cats) and after an earlier recall, the FDA is seeking more information on dog food treats that have been sold over the last few years that may have sickened pets.

Most of the jerky treats implicated have been made in China.

Pet owners are concerned now that new numbers have been released and it has been revealed that almost 600 pets have died from illnesses linked to the dog treats.

Some of the cases have have involved “kidney failure, gastrointestinal bleeding, and a rare kidney disorder. About 60 percent of cases involved gastrointestinal illness, and about 30 percent involved kidney and urinary systems.”

What should pet owners do?

The best thing to do is to only buy treats made in the USA.

If you ignore the warnings and still feed your dogs the treats and your pet becomes sick, the government agency warns to”stop the treats immediately, consider seeing your veterinarian, and save any remaining treats and the packaging for possible testing.

Preventing obesity starts with pet owners

Issues relating to what we eat are in many cases similar to concerns about what our pets eat.

“There definitely is a link,” says Dr. Karyl Hurley, director of Global Scientific Affairs for Mars Petcare, who helped organize the Waltham International Nutritional Sciences Symposium.

Similarly, according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, just over half the dogs in America are overweight or obese, and about 60 percent of cats. The parallels to people include a long list of medical repercussions. Just one example is the sharp increase in diabetes among dogs and cats, according to the Banfield State of Pet Health 2011 Report. Read entire story…

There are several ways we can help our pets fight obesity. 50% of pets in the U.S. are overweight, and a lot of that comes from over-treating. One dog biscuit can have up to 50 calories, so the weight can really add up fast! Selecting the right treats is just as important as selecting the right pet food, especially for pets who need to lose weight.

To give your pet the healthiest snacks, look for treats that are:
– Low in calories- less than 10% of your pet’s diet
– Not table scraps, which are often high in fat and hard to digest
– Made with natural ingredients
– Made in the U.S.A. to ensure quality

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Hartz Real Beef Treats Recall

SECAUCUS, N.J., Sept. 3 /PRNewswire/ — The Hartz Mountain Corporation is voluntarily recalling one specific lot of Hartz Naturals Real Beef Treats for Dogs due to concerns that one or more bags within the lot may have been potentially contaminated with Salmonella. Hartz is fully cooperating with the US Food and Drug Administration in this voluntary recall.

Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems, all of whom are at particular risk from exposure and should avoid handling these products.

Salmonella symptoms may include fever, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and nausea in both dogs and humans. Anyone experiencing the symptoms of Salmonella infection should seek immediate medical attention. Owners of dogs exhibiting these symptoms should also seek veterinary assistance.

Hartz Mountain Corporation is recalling 74,700 8-oz bags of Hartz Naturals Real Beef Treats for Dogs, lot code BZ0969101E, UPC number 32700-11519, which were imported by Hartz from a Brazilian supplier, Bertin S.A., and which were distributed to a number of customers in the United States. While regular testing conducted by Bertin (prior to shipment to the US) did not detect the presence of Salmonella in any packages of this product, random sample testing conducted by FDA did indicate the presence of Salmonella. Hartz is aggressively investigating the source of the problem.

Although Hartz has not received any reports of animals or humans becoming ill as a result of coming into contact with this product, Hartz is taking immediate steps to remove the product from all retail stores and distribution centers. Dog owners having purchased this product should check the lot code on their bag, and, if the code is not visible, or if the bag has lot code BZ0969101E imprinted thereon, they should immediately discontinue use of the product and discard it in a proper manner.

Consumers can contact Hartz at 1-800-275-1414 at any time with any questions they may have and for information on how to obtain reimbursement for purchased product.

Contact: Hartz Consumer Affairs