Compliments of Animal Wellness Magazine

If your dog has a health issue such as arthritis, cancer or diabetes, you need to watch what they eat.  Being certified in canine nutrition I know that providing healthy food and treats for your pet is your first defense against disease.

Good, healthy food and treats please!
Good, healthy food and treats please!

The treats in this article are easy to make – just refer to the chart at the end of the article to find your dog’s condition, select from the ingredients specified, then follow the instructions for mixing and baking.


  1. Choose four cups of whole flour. You can use one flour or a combination.

2.Choose 1½ cups of filling. Have fun with it. Depending on the flour/s used, additional liquid may be needed.

3.Choose 2 teaspoons of healing spices.

4.Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender, until the dough pulls away from the side of the bowl. This recipe can also be mixed by hand.

5.Preheat your oven to 325°F. Cover a large cookie sheet with parchment paper, for easy cleanup.

6.Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead well.

7.Roll out and cut the dough into desired shapes using cookie cutters or cut it into squares. You can also take small pieces of dough, roll them out to the thickness of a crayon, and use a sharp knife to cut pieces appropriate to the size of your dog.

8.Bake for 20 minutes, then turn the oven down to 175°F and bake for 40 more minutes. Turn the oven off and allow biscuits to cool completely before removing.

9.Store in an airtight container or Ziploc bag.

Treat Ingredients for Common Conditions

Health Issue Whole Flour Filling Healing Spices
Arthritis Oats, brown rice, chia, quinoa, coconut Pumpkin puree Ginger, turmeric
Cancer Chickpea, sweet potato, oats Fruit and/or vegetable mash, including apples, blueberries, broccoli, carrots, green beans, pumpkin, and/or shiitake mushrooms Cinnamon, carob, turmeric, green tea
Diabetes Brown rice, quinoa, oats Applesauce, green vegetables, pumpkin puree Cinnamon, oregano, thyme
Gastrointestinal problems Oats, chia, coconut Applesauce,  pumpkin puree Cinnamon, carob, ginger, turmeric, dill
Heart Brown rice, oats, sweet potato Broccoli, carrots, green beans, squash, blueberries Cinnamon, oregano, turmeric, green tea
Kidney Brown rice, oats Green beans, squash, turnips, zucchini, carrots, cranberries Cinnamon, ginger, parsley
Liver Quinoa, oats, coconut Shiitake mushrooms, broccoli Ginger, parsley, turmeric