it's a healthy supplement.
These are the players...
- Grass-fed Tallow, this one is home-rendered (here's how)
- Coconut Oil (get it here... affiliate)
- Raw Apple Cider Vinegar (get it here... affiliate)
- Organic Alfalfa (get it here... affiliate)
Take 2 very large, heaping tablespoons of alfalfa and put it in a small dish. Pour 2 or 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar over it and stir, incorporating well. Use more apple cider vinegar, if needed, to be sure the alfalfa is completely saturated, but not puddling.
While the alfalfa is soaking up the apple cider vinegar, pause to enjoy the view from the window of your workspace.
Place about 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of soaked alfalfa in each mold cup (I use a silicon mold that makes 24 1 to 2 tablespoon tabs).
Next, combine the melted tallow and coconut oil in a measuring cup or bowl. Use whatever ratios you prefer. This time, I did half and half.
Spoon a tablespoon of tallow/oil into each mold cup. You may want to give each a gentle stir to be sure the alfalfa is well incorporated. Place in the fridge or freezer till solid.
While it's hardening, take another moment to appreciate the sunny day; then realize how much it makes the dust stand out on your lovely Finnish window ornament... go get the dust brush and take care of that.
Pop them out and, voila... store in the refrigerator.
My 60-ish pounders each get one tab a day. Little Ada Janey gets just half.
It's important not to overdue the amount of fat your dog eats. That pile of fat pushed to the side of your dinner plate that you trimmed off your steak... it's best not to let Fido have that. But a bit of healthy, grass-fed tallow? Go for it.
Coconut oil is a wonder food for humans and their pets. It has antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties that protect against disease and infection. It will improve you dog's skin and coat, aid in digestion and nutrient absorption, and reduce allergic reactions. It aids in arthritis and ligament problems, helps reduce weight and increase energy, and (applied topically) promotes the healing of cuts, wounds, hot spots, bites, stings, dry skin.
The coconut oil in our home is as much for the dogs as it is for us. We use it regularly.
Raw Apple Cider Vinegar:
Again, apple cider vinegar is great for people and pets, alike. It's a great way to balance the alkaline/acid levels in your dog's body, as well as help with digestive health and allergies. It will even help with parasites, such as ringworm, fleas, ticks, fungus and bacteria.
You can add a teaspoon (and up to 2 T, daily) to your dog's food and water... but good luck with that. My dogs don't care for the taste of it and will snub it if the food I'm adding it to is too subtle in taste and smell. For example, I've tried adding to their water, but they won't touch it. So, I have to be creative. That's why I'm now hiding it in their tallow tabs. They don't get nearly the daily dose they could safely take in just the tallow tabs, so I also try to hide it in other places, too, such as the chicken and vegetable bits discarded from the bone broth - but that's not a daily occurrence.
Alfalfa contains a broad spectrum of nutrients and is high in chlorophyll which serves as an antioxidant in the bloodstream. It's also one of the best known herbal treatments for arthritis and may reduce pain associated with it, and is said to promote mental vigor. It's a recommended herb, particularly, for geriatric animals. (source)
And there you have it. Tallow Tabs for Dogs... mine love them!
If I had just one or two dogs, they would likely get this twice a day. But, I have eight! So, mine get one per day; otherwise, I'd be making tallow tabs constantly!
Keep those tails wagging!
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