Dental hygiene is important for big dogs and little dogs alike, but holding your pup down to brush her teeth is far from pleasant. Instead of waging war with a toothbrush, bake a batch of tartar control dog treats. Hard, crunchy treats scrape tartar from the teeth as your dog eats, leaving him with cleaner teeth and a happy tummy.
Grease a cookie sheet with 1/2 teaspoon of coconut oil. Turn the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and allow it to heat up before mixing the batter. The treats will bake more evenly if the oven is hot when you put them in.
Measure 1 1/2 cups coconut flour into a sifter, and sift it into a large mixing bowl. Stir 1/2 cup peanut butter, 1/4 cup shredded carrots and an egg into the flour to form a thick batter. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill for one hour in the refrigerator.
Dust the counter with flour and turn the dough out onto the flour. Roll the dough to a thickness of 1/2 inch and cut out treats with cookie cutters. Dog-themed treats, such as bones, are fun, but you can use any cookie cutters for these treats.
Transfer the treats to the greased cookie sheet, and bake them for 20 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven, turn the treats over, and bake for another 20 minutes.
Pull the treats out of the oven, and transfer them to a wire cooling rack. The treats will be firm when they come out of the oven, but will harden even more as they cool. Store any uneaten treats in a plastic storage container.
The coconut flour in these treats makes them an excellent choice for dogs with corn or wheat allergies.
Items You Will Need
- Cookie sheet
- Coconut oil
- Measuring spoons
- 1 1/2 cups coconut flour
- Mixing bowl
- 1/2 cup smooth, all-natural peanut butter
- 1/4 cup shredded carrots
- Plastic wrap
- Rolling pin
- Cookie cutters
- Cooling rack
- Storage container
- The coconut flour in these treats makes them an excellent choice for dogs with corn or wheat allergies.
Louise Lawson has been a published author and editor for more than 10 years. Lawson specializes in pet and food-related articles, utilizing her 15 years as a sous chef and as a dog breeder, handler and trainer to produce pieces for online and print publications.