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Oh my dog! My boy Figgy has a problem with calcium oxalate crystals, which are bladder stones. This means the list of ingredients he can’t have is huge. Do you know how many dog treats out there have almost all the bad or (in) monderation ingredients only? I am pretty much paralyzed and am calling on you, Mama Jodi & Kolchak to come up with something my boy can eat as a treat, so he doesn’t have to be cut open and have those nasty stones removed from his bladder again!
– Tammy and Finnigan, Love on a Leash Trusted Pet Care
OK, Tammy & Finnigan, first of all – that SUCKS! Calcium oxalate crystals are no fun at all. Generally speaking, dogs with calcium oxalate stones shouldn’t have a whole lot of vegetables. Vegetables are like our wheelhouse. No peppers?? No spinach?! Whole grains – like whole wheat and oatmeal are major off limits. Dogs who have calcium oxalate stones aren’t supposed to eat like a ton of my favourite foods. They shouldn’t have nuts. Like peanut butter.
Can you imagine not being able to eat peanut butter?That would be awful. I don’t even know what I would DO. So we set out to make something tasty that our friend can have. We wanted to come up with a treat that was really easy to change up and have fun with, so that you could get a variety of tasty treats without much extra work. The meat and the tasty flavour can be changed up with very little work.
Sure, today this is a chicken, rice and cheese dog treat recipe, but tomorrow?
Maybe tomorrow it could be be beef, pea & asparagus! Change it up!
- 1 cup cooked, chopped chicken chunks (or other lean meat, like porkloin or fish, but no red meats)
- 1 cup cooked white rice (or cooked peas)
- 1 cup shredded cheese (or other flavour booster - like asparagus)
- 3 tablespoons white rice flour (or pea flour)
- 1/3 - 1/2 cup low-fat, low sodium chicken stock
- optional: 1 tablespoon dry cilantro or basil
OK, we don't want to overwhelm you here, so this recipe is like ridiculously easy. Are you ready?
Preheat oven to 350F.
Place chicken and rice into a blender, food processor or Magic Bullet. Add chicken stock a little a time until it forms a very thick paste. (You might not need all the stock.)
Stir in cheese and rice flour.
Spread mixture into a 9x9 silicone cake pan or a wax paper lined regular pan.
Score the treats into 1" squares using a pizza cutter or a knife. (This will make it much easier to break them into bites later.)
Bake the treats for 45 minutes. If you like a soft treat, remove from oven and allow to cool. If you prefer a crunchy treat, flip them and bake them for another 30 - 45 minutes.