Dog Treats And Cookies For Senior Dogs
Softer Snacks for Aging Dogs
As your pooch gets older, softer dog treats and cookies may be necessary and especially if he has problem teeth. The same goes for his main food as well.
By providing softer food and treats along with regular oral care, your dog can enjoy his meals.
The key is to first find an all natural quality dog food soft enough for your dog that will provide the nutrition his senior body needs. We suggest that you take a look at a dehydrated and freeze-dried food like the ones listed on our dog food recommendations page.
Then choose a selection of softer all natural dog treats that won’t irritate his tender gums and teeth like the ones listed on this page.
Healthy Snack Ideas For Your Senior Dog
Besides traditional dog treats and cookies, try adding a few healthy treats to your old dog’s diet. That is if you can get her to eat them. Here are some suggestions that you may have in your kitchen right now. Be sure to warm the fruits up to room temperature for dogs with sensitive teeth:
- Frozen berries of any kind warmed up to room temperature (raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, etc.)
- Canteloupe chunks cut small enough to chew easily
- Canned pumpkin (PUMPKIN ONLY – NOT the prepared pie filling)– Use 1-1/2 tablespoons for giant dogs as a guide
- Thinly sliced apple lightly dusted with cinnamon
- Plain rice cake (salf free) with a THIN layer of natural peanut butter cut into small pieces.
- Cheap steak such as round cut up into small thin chunks and baked in the oven until semi-hard (not burnt). Meat is good for your dog and this is a nice wheat free dog treat. It’s easier to cut the steak raw into the sizes you want before baking by using kitchen shears.
- Training snacks are good option as well. They’re small and a good choice when weight is problem for your older dog.
Fruits like the ones mentioned above are a healthy treat, but you don’t want to over do it and cause the stool to become too soft. Carrots are a good treat, but keep in mind they are hard for dogs to digest and you’ll notice that they are undigested in the stool.
Sweet Potato Softies – A Homemade Recipe For Soft Dog Treats
Both of the following recipes were modified from their original versions found here at all-natural-dog-treat.com Here’s a great high fiber recipe that is quick, easy and the treats are nice and soft too.
We recommend storing them in the refrigerator due to the high moisture content and to prevent mold. Pull a few out each morning for the day so that you can serve them at room temperature.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Use parchment paper to line cookie sheet or grease lightly. We use rounded 1/2 teaspoons which makes a nice size. Bake for 15-20 minutes.
Chicken Tenders – Another Easy Recipe
Dogs love and NEED meat! This recipe is as easy as the one above. Again, make sure you keep them refrigerated:
- 1-6oz jar of chicken baby food (make sure it does not include onion or onion powder)
- 1 small can of ALL NATURAL chunk chicken shredded apart with a fork and DON’T DRAIN the liquid
- 1/4 cup of dry milk (powdered)
- 3/4 cup Cream of Wheat
Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and spray with non-stick oil. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and drop by 1/2 teaspoon fulls onto cookie sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes using your judgement for the right consistency.
If the treats are too soft, you can turn the oven off and leave the oven door propped open just a little bit and allow the treats to sit in the oven like this for awhile. Watch them though, because they can become hard.
Keep Your Old Dog Fit by Working Off The Treats
Just like humans, dogs too love their snacks. Dogs develop Pancreatitis during the holidays more than any other time of year. So be careful with the holiday treats for dogs and use good judgement. When adding dog treats and cookies to the diet, be conscious of how many snacks you’re feeding and always include adequate exercise. Keep in mind that although cholesterol isn’t a problem for dogs, heart disease is and most often can be related to your dog being overweight.
Walk, Walk, Walk
Have you ever heard the saying “if your dog is fat, then you’re not getting enough exercise”.
Whether or not your old dog has a big yard or not, incorporate walking into his daily “routine” for his health and yours. Walk off those snacks with plenty of exercise. Provide a nice blend of dog treats and cookies and be sure to include healthy snacks for your dog as well.
Exercise is key!