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April 21, 2011


Dr. Pitcairn – Healthy Dog and Cat Treat Recipes

by DePaolo Equine Concepts

This week we are profiling the ideology of Richard H. Pitcairn, DVM, PhD.  He has been practicing holistic animal care for over 25 years.  He is recently retired from practice but continues to teach and book speaking engagements on homeopathic medicine for animals.  In Dr. Pitcairn’s third edition of his book, Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide To Natural Health For Dogs & Cats, he goes into depth on holistic dog and cat care.

Dr. Pitcairn is strongly against manufactured dog and cat food.  You may feel that preparing fresh meals for your pets is not a feasible option; but you might change your mind after reading the book and decide that fresh raw or cooked meals are worth the extra effort in hopes to give your dog or cat the most natural and healthy food possible.

A great start that any pet can benefit from (even those who are on canned food or store bought kibble) is Dr. Pitcairn’s Treat Recipe available for both dogs and cats.  So fill up those Easter baskets for your beloved sidekicks with healthy and all natural yummies!


2 cups whole-wheat flour

1/2 cup soy flour

1/4 cup cornmeal

1 teaspoon bone meal*

1 tablespoon Animal Essential calcium**

1/2 cup sunflower or pumpkin seeds

1-2 cloves garlic, minced or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (optional)

1 tablespoon brewer’s yeast (optional)

2 tablespoons butter (melted), fat or oil

1/4 cup unsulfured molasses

1 teaspoon salt

2 eggs mixed with 1/4 cup milk

Mix the flours, cornmeal, bone meal, and seeds together.  Add the garlic and yeast, if desired.  Combine the butter, molasses, salt, and egg mixture; set aside 1 tablespoon of this liquid mixture and combine the rest with the dry ingredients.  Add more milk, if necessary, to make a firm dough.  Knead together for a few minutes and let the dough rest 1/2 hour or more.  Roll out 1/2 in ch thick  and cut into sticks, crescents, rounds or use cookie cutter in dog bone shape and brush with the remainder of the egg mixture.  Bake at 350F for 30 minutes or until lightly toasted.

To make harder buscuits, leave them in the oven with the heat turned off for an hour or more.  Biscuits keep longer if you use oil instead of butter.  These treats provide 20% protein, 18% fat, and 57% carbohydrates.

And we can’t leave the cats out of the mix!


1 cup whole-wheat flour

2 tablespoons wheat germ

1/4 cup soy flour

1/3 cup powdered milk

1 tablespoon kelp

1/2 teaspoon bone meal*

1 teaspoon crushed dried catnip leaves

1 tablespoon unsulfured molasses

1 egg

2 tablespoons oil, butter or fat

1/3 cup milk or water

Mix the dry ingredients together.  Add the wet ingredients.  Knead together until i t forms a dough.  Roll out flat on an oiled cookie sheet and cut into narrow strips or ribbons.  Bake at 350F for 20 minutes or until lightly toasted.  Break into pea-size pieces, suitable for cats.  Good for treats, exercising gums, and cleaning teeth.

*Bone Meal – you can purchase bone meal at pet stores and natural food stores.  Never feed your pet the bone meal sold in garden-supply stores as it is not meant for consumption.  Dr. Pitcairn recommends Sold Gold Bone Meal or KAL, Inc. Bone Meal.  Note: All calcium/phosphorus ratios differ depending on the brand of supplement so follow feeding instructions on supplement or read Dr. Pitcairn’s book for a more in depth explanation of calcium and other supplements.

**Calcium – Several recipes including the dog treat one above call for Animal Essentials Calcium.

2 Comments Post a comment
  1. Midge
    Jun 4 2013

    Suggestions for feeding my newly diagnosed diabetic schnauzer?? I want to cook her meals.

    • We suggest you visit Dr. Karen’s Becker site for great small animal tips. Also, Dr. Pitcairn has a wonderful book on cooking for your animals. We’ve had great success with cooking for our dogs. Thank you for your inquiry.


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