My Top 5 Health Boosting Treat Ball Stuffing Recipes!

We're so in love with Beco's natural rubber treat balls and bones. Made from a tough yet springy, non-toxic natural rubber sustainably harvested from FSC certified forests, they bounce, they float and they're pretty indestructible but best of all, they're perfect for stuffing with healthy, natural ingredients to keep your dog in tip top shape from nose to tail all whilst keeping them busy and working their brains! Dog toys don't get better than these!

One of the most common questions I get asked by newbies to treat balls is what to stuff them with. Here's my top 5 recipes for healthy treat ball stuffings that will drive your dog wild whist adding essential vitamins and minerals to their diet that can help ward off and relieve symptoms of health issues. You can make them up in advance and pop them in the freezer for an extra long lasting treat, just make sure to allow them to defrost for around 30 minutes before giving them to your dog :-)

Summer Smoothie

This fruity favourite always goes down a treat with our dogs, can be prepared in a hurry and is full of antioxidants!

50g of fresh or frozen strawberries, diced

Half an apple, diced

A generous tablespoon or 2 of crunchy organic peanut butter (Xylitol free!)

Mix and stuff!

Strawberries are a great source of vitamin C, potassium and manganese, all of which play important roles in supporting your dog's immune system. They are full of antioxidants and will even help keep your dog's teeth clean! Apples meanwhile are a healthy source of dietary fibre and offer a vitamin A and C boost. Make sure you remove the pips and core as you would for yourself and chop to a size that doesn't cause a choking hazard. When making this for teeny tiny dogs, i blend all the ingredients and make a smoothie!

Always be sure to check the ingredients label of your chosen peanut butter brand to make sure it is Xylitol free! Xylitol is an artificial sweetener being found more and more in human foods, especially those that advertised as sugar free. It is highly toxic to dogs so whenever feeding any ready made human food, check, check and check again!

Blueberry Stuffin'

This is my go to recipe for dogs struggling with seasonal allergies and can provide relief for itchy hot spots of skin.

Organic plain Greek yoghurt, about half a cup

50g fresh or frozen blueberries, mashed

1 teaspoon of local, organic honey

Mix and stuff!

Blueberries are one of the most nutritious berries for dogs. They're little powerhouses of goodness. Stuffed full of antioxidants they help prevent cell damage and fight inflammation making them a great choice for dogs with arthritis! Greek yoghurt contains higher concentrated levels of prebiotics than plain yoghurt which helps keep tummies happy and helps fight yeast infections that can cause itchy and irritated skin. Honey contains trace elements of pollen from the flowers the bees have visited. If your dog suffers from seasonal allergies, offering locally produced honey can help to slowly introduce pollen into their body allowing them to create antibodies! We know, nature is so cool!!

Fish Supper

This is my favourite recipe for dogs who are entering their senior years, suffering from arthritis or other joint related issues as it's full of health boosting vitamins and minerals that help keep older dogs going like a well oiled machine.

1 can of wild caught sardines in water

1 medium sweet potato, cooked and mashed

Handful of broccoli stalks, steamed and mashed

Mix and stuff!

Sardines are little fish that pack a mighty punch. They're low in heavy metals (dog's apparently don't like Iron Maiden, who knew!) and high in Omega 3’s, selenium and copper. If you want to reduce inflammation, develop muscle and connective tissue, regulate cell activity, promote healthy cardiovascular function and protect them from kidney and dental disease, choose sardines.

Broccoli is full of vitamins, such as A, K and C as well as fiber, calcium and beta carotene. The fibre helps with keeping the digestion system ticking over happily and vitamin K promotes strong bones and higher bone density. It's safe to feed your dog the whole broccoli however the florets contain a naturally occurring compound called isothiocyanate which can cause irritation in the digestive tract if eaten in large quantities. To be extra safe we just chop them off and enjoy them ourselves as isothiocyanate is an excellent human anti-inflammatory! If you find yourself having more awkward silent dog fart situations than normal to deal with, just pull back on the broccoli a little.

Pumpkin Pie

With 5 dogs, its fair to say we've seen our fair share of dicky tummies over the years. This stuffing is soft and gentle on tummies and can be used to help get things back to normal down below!

120g Fairtrade organic white rice, cooked

A handful of organic, free range chicken, shredded

1 tablespoon of no added sugar canned organic pumpkin (Xylitol free!)

Mix and stuff!

Chicken and rice is a well known belly settler, recommended by vets the world over since the beginning of time. It is easily digestible, low in fat and gentle on tummies. The combination of protein and starch can also stimulate you dog's appetite when they aren't feeling their best or are recovering from surgery.

Pumpkin flesh contains soluble fibre, which will help slow your dog’s digestion and can help manage diarrhea by absorbing water and is packed full of nutrients such as vitamins A, C and E, alpha carotene, calcium and iron boasting health benefits for everything from the immune system to eyes, skin and coats!

Sunday Lunch

This stuffing is very close to my heart as it's one I started making for my Sunday lunch obsessed Labrador Lucy Lambchops who passed away at the grand old age of 18 last year. Sunday lunch is a family affair and in this house that's always included the dogs (and cats!) too so I always make sure to throw some extras into the pot to share around.

1 medium potato, boiled and mashed

A handful of organic, free range chicken, shredded

A handful of carrots, boiled and chopped

No salt organic chicken broth

Carrots are loaded with heaps of health benefits for dogs as they contain beta-carotene, calcium, magnesium, and vitamins A, B, C, D, E, and K! We've all heart that carrots help you see in the dark and that's exactly that they do! Beta-carotene is the beginning form of vitamin A that is necessary to maintain good eye health, especially in low light!

Chicken broth is brimming with health benefits and can provide a helping hand for tired and stiff joints due to the abundance of gelatin and collagen found in the broth which help keep joints mobile. It also contains a host of amino acids such as glycine that helps to detox a dog’s liver and kidneys and can help settle an upset tummy.

Give them a try and let us know what you think! We love receiving pupdate pictures!

Stef xx

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