For many of us, pets are really family members. For the last two weeks, I’ve been dealing with a very sick boy. My sweet son is a 7 year old boxer and he has refused to eat. On day 12 of his illness I noticed his muzzle was green and I realized he was eating our grass. I was thrilled he was eating SOMETHING, but he still refused his dog food.
Out of curiosity, my husband offered our dog some lettuce from our salad…and he ate it up! Hunger strike over!
That got me thinking…how can I use my juicer to feed my dog?
Use your pulp!
After you’ve processed your yummy produce goodness, don’t throw that fiber filled pulp away! Freeze it and use it another day!
The easiest way to freeze your pulp is on parchment paper or wax paper, but you can use aluminum foil as well. Line a large baking sheet or pan with the paper (make sure the pan can fit in your freezer!) and spread your pulp onto the paper in a thin layer. Place in freezer until frozen solid, about 1-2 hours. Then you can transfer your pulp into heavy duty freezer bags for long term storage. Your pulp will keep for up to 6 months in your combo freezer, or 12 months in a standalone freezer.
It’s important to be aware that some produce is poisonous for our cats and dogs. You’ll want to make sure your pulp is free of grapes, rhubarb, apple seeds and pits. Citrus oils, onions, garlic and tomatoes can also prove toxic for your pet.
DIY Homemade Doggie Treat Recipe!
- • 8 cups of juicing pulp (an average of 3 juicings)
- • 1 cup sunflower seeds
- • 1 cup ground flaxseed
Soak your flaxseeds in 2 cups of water for 30 minutes. Mix all the ingredients together. Spread onto a non-stick sheet 1/4 inch thick. Score into 1-inch squares. Dehydrate at 145 for 1 hour, reduce heat to 115. Continue to dry until completely dry, flipping once during dehydration. Approximately 12-14 hours. Recipe makes 2 trays.
Do you have a doggie recipe treat you’d like to share? I’d love to try it! Leave me a comment below!