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Dog treats: senior dogs

Canine Nutritionist Kristina Johansen shares her recipe for chewy, easy-to-digest dog treats, rich in vitamin D, lycopene, fibre and protein.

Treats on a tray for senior dogs

Perfect for senior dogs, these treats are soft on older teeth and gums – and will give your pet a nutritional boost, too.

Sardines are one of the best sources of omega 3 fatty acids and one of the few foods naturally high in vitamin D, while tomatoes are rich in lycopene, a powerful antioxidant. Broccoli is brimming with compounds that help protect your dog's cells against damage, while egg is the highest-quality protein, great for senior dogs, who need more protein than younger dogs.

Finally, oats are an excellent source of fibre that aids in digestion, helps control hunger and provides energy that is absorbed slowly by the body.

Ingredients

  • 1 x 400g tin of pilchards or sardines in tomato sauce
  • 100g oat flour
  • 80g finely chopped broccoli
  • 1 egg

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. In a bowl, beat the egg just until the egg whites and yolks are mixed.
  3. Add the sardines, oat flour and broccoli and mix until well combined.
  4. Spread the wet mixture onto a lined baking tray to approximately 0.5cm thickness.
  5. Bake for 35-45 minutes.
  6. Remove from the oven and let cool before cutting into bite-sized treats.

Recipe provides approximately 1,139 calories, 50g fat, 96g protein and 72g carbohydrates.

Kristina Johansen is a qualified canine dietary consultant. She advises on general canine nutrition and home-prepared diets, working closely with a wide variety of vets. In 2013 she set up Elmo's Kitchen, a special canine dietary consultancy which provides nutritional advice to dog owners. Find out more about Kristina Johansen.