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Tips for feeding golden paste to picky dogs

This is an ongoing list of suggestions. If you have an idea to contribute, please post it in the Facebook Turmeric User Group (and if you're not a member there, please consider joining!).
Please do not feed frozen portions straight out of the freezer. Let them sit for a few minutes at room temperature to soften up before feeding. This will avoid a piece being caught in the esophagus, with damage to the tender tissues there.

Laura Margison Gallacher’s peanut/oat treat

1 1/4 cup of oats
1/2 cup of Natural Peanut Butter (no xylitol or sugar)
1/8 cup water
70 quarter teaspoons of GP (I used 6 tablespoons which is equivalent to 72 quarter teaspoons)

Mix well together, measure into 70 portions, separate, roll and freeze. Each piece should contain approx. 1/4 teaspoon of GP.
Saskia Vermuelen’s frozen yoghurt treats

Started with plain yogurt, then froze it, then piped some GP, then I mixed a heap of peanut paste with some yogurt and covered the GP, and then topped it off with some more yogurt and sprinkled it with crushed liver treats. Success!! My boy ate it.


 Natalie J Penner McCallum's Turkey Treats

 Natalie J Penner McCallum's Turkey Treats

Easy treats for dogs who will not eat Golden paste. I used a food processor to combine/mush cooked turkey, carrots, ground up oats and flax seed for binding; put in fridge overnight to firm up Use a tiny scoop to make balls then the end of a wooden spoon to make indent. I used my dehydrator but you could bake them at a low temperature until hard. Cool then fill hole with golden paste; I am freezing these, then will store in an air tight container.

Estimates: about 4 cups turkey, 2 lightly steamed carrots, 1/2 cup ground oats, 1/4 cup ground flax seed. After initial pulverizing it should look like a thick paste. Leaving in the fridge overnight allows the oats and seed to soak up moisture making it like a cookie dough.

Allana Kasperczyk's Turmeric Balls

  • 125g (1/2 cup) turmeric powder
  • 250 - 500ml (1-2 cups) water (different batches of turmeric need different amount of water, it's the consistency of a thick paste we aim for)
  • 2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 70ml (1/3 cup) coconut oil
  • About 100g (3-1/2 ounces) ground up dry cat food (any brand your dog likes.)
  • 10 g Ceylon cinnamon (optional)
Put 250 ml of cold water in a pot and add the Turmeric, stirring over gentle heat until you have a thick paste. This should take about 7 - 10 minutes and you will need to add additional water along the way. Add the pepper and oil at the end of cooking. Stir well (a whisk is ideal) and allow to cool.

While the paste warms up I usually grind the cat food into a rough powder and put it onto a flat plate. When the paste cools down stir it now and then, and just when it reaches the consistency of play doh, take the desires amount per treat into the palm of your hand and roll it into a ball. Roll the ball in the cat food and put it into a container. I separate the different layers of treats with baking paper.

Store the Turmeric balls in the fridge.
They will last up to ten days, best used within 7 days.

More ideas...
Wrap a portion of golden paste in a slice of cheese or lunch meat
Mix it into:
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Peanut butter
  • Liverwurst or braunschweiger
  • Canned dog food
  • Cat food
  • Tuna fish, mackerel or sardines
  • Yoghurt
  • Raw mince (ground meat) or liver
  • Green tripe
  • Scrambled eggs
  • a small amount of canned pumpkin
Trick the dog:
  • Eat something yourself and then toss a treat with golden paste in it to the dog
  • Toss one or two plain treats, and then one with the golden paste in it.
  • Offer a plain treat and then a treat with golden paste, and then before the dog has an opportunity to spit that out, offer another plain treat
  • A member of the Turmeric User Group suggests this: “I started GP for me by putting on my favorite cracker. My dogs ALWAYS want to have whatever I’m having. So after a couple of days of them “staring and hoping” to get in on what I was having, I gave them their own cracker sandwiches. I put the GP inside of cracker halves so their first taste was blended. Worked like a charm.”
Disguise with other flavors
  • Pour bone broth over the food you’ve mixed it in
  • Add Ceylon cinnamon to the recipe
Freeze it in small serving sizes (be sure to allow these to defrost enough to soften, so they don’t get caught in the throat and damage the sensitive tissues there)