Recipe for Homemade Doggie Treats

With Fennel Seeds for Gassy Dogs

These homemade dog treats are gluten free, and contain fennel seeds, which are effective in aiding digestion and have anti-flatulent properties. If your dog is always gassy, try making these treats and the air in your house may clear up!

Is your dog always gassy? Do his "aromatic bombs" send everyone reaching for gas masks? If so, the first thing to do is to take a look at his diet. Poor quality dog food containing fillers, glutens, questionable animal and/or plant proteins, and chemical preservatives are all possible causes of dog flatulence.

However, flatulence may also indicate that the dog has some deeper health issues, for example, chronic constipation, food allergies, inflammatory bowel disease, other gastrointestinal issues, etc. It is therefore important to monitor the situation carefully, and a trip to the vet is advisable if flatulence is accompanied by weight loss, bloating, bloody stools, and/or vomiting.

Fennel Seeds - Carminative Herb for Gassy Dogs

If your dog is gassy but is otherwise healthy, try adding some carminative herbs to his diet. Carminative herbs are those that help relax the stomach muscles, increase intestinal movement, and reduce gas.

Fennel seeds are one such herb. Fennel seeds are extremely nutritious and are high in fiber, vitamins A, C, E, and B complex, as well as trace minerals (including iron, copper, selenium, zinc, potassium, and magnesium.)

In addition, they have powerful antioxidant properties and, being carminative, help digestion and are beneficial to gassy dogs.

My dog loves the taste of fennel seeds and doesn't mind having the seeds sprinkled on her food. She also loves the "anti-gas" biscuit introduced below.

Other herbs that have similar carminative properties include ginger, thyme, chamomile, peppermint, cardamom, and aniseed.

Recipe: Homemade Doggie Treats for Gassy Dogs

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup brown rice flour
  • 2/3 cup flax seed meal
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup shredded zucchini
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons fennel seeds
  • 2 medium eggs

Instructions:

Homemade Doggie Treats with Flax and Fennel Seeds
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the flour, flax meal, fennel seeds, and baking powder.
  3. Add the carrots and zucchini to the dry ingredients. Mix well.
  4. Add the eggs and knead the dough until it forms a ball.
  5. Roll out the dough between 2 pieces of saran wrap to desired thickness.
  6. Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes as desired.
  7. Place them on baking sheet and bake for about 25-30 minutes.
  8. Let cool on a rack and store in an airtight container.

GR with a rolling pin

Fido's Tips

  • If your dog is a chronic gasser, double ammunition is required - try adding to her food a teaspoon of any of the following carminative dried herbs: ginger powder, thyme, or chamomile.
  • If your dog's breath is, well, not too fresh (which is common in gassy dogs), add 2 heaping tablespoons of chopped fresh parsley to the mix.

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