Treats that Treat

Photography by: John Howard
Treats that Treat

When your dog is suffering from an ailment, the last thing he needs are artificial colors and preservatives. With your vet’s OK, serve up these DIY nibbles instead, says Nancy Scanlan, D.V.M., a holistic vet in Shasta Lake, Calif.

Pumpkin-Oat Bark
Eases symptoms of: vomiting; diarrhea
Recipe Rx: Combine 1 cup each canned pumpkin and cooked oat bran or oatmeal. Thinly spread mixture on a cookie sheet and bake at 250° F until crispy (30 to 60 minutes). Break up into biscuit-sized pieces and serve once a day. Can be stored in a dry, airtight container for up to a month.

Turkey Surprise
Eases symptoms of: stress and anxiety
Recipe Rx: Combine ½ lb. ground turkey, ¼ cup quick oats, 1 ripe banana, 1∕8 teaspoon nutritional yeast, 2 tablespoons chicken broth and the contents of 1 chamomile tea bag. Heat in pan until meat is cooked. Give small pups (up to 25 lbs.) 1 teaspoon twice daily; 1 tablespoon to larger dogs. Store in fridge for up to a week.

Salmon Jerky
Eases symptoms of: dermatitis (which may include dandruff, red or scaly skin, patchy hair loss or constant scratching)
Recipe Rx: Thinly slice and bake wild salmon on a cookie sheet at 200° F for two to three hours until dried out, keeping the oven door slightly cracked to let air circulate. Offer one small strip daily. Store in the fridge for up to two weeks.