This dog cookie recipe is very easy to make; with simple yet healthy ingredients such as chickpea flour, flax seed meal, and sunflower seed butter. Gluten-free and grain-free!
These dog cookies are low in fat, high in dietary fiber, as well as rich in B vitamins (especially B1 and B6), vitamin E, iron, magnesium, and manganese.
Sunflower seeds are an excellent source of vitamin E, a fat soluble antioxidant. Vitamin E is also anti-inflammatory; therefore, it is good for dogs with health issues where free radicals and inflammation are the main culprits, such as osteoarthritis, rheaumatoid arthritis, asthma, and cancer.
In addition, sunflower seeds are rich in magnesium, which is necessary for healthy bones and energy production. Magnesium also has nerve calming effects, because it blocks calcium from rushing into the nerve cell, "waking up" and activating the nerve.
Moreover, sunflower seeds are a good source of the trace mineral selenium, which is also an antioxidant that is particularly useful in cancer prevention.
As you can see, sunflower seeds and the seed butter can benefit all dogs, and in particular older dogs due to the seeds' anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.