Boosting the K9 Immune System With Banana Kelp Dog Treats

Boosting The K9 Immune System With Banana Kelp Dog Treats

How about some banana kelp dog treats for your furry loved ones?

They’re a huge hit with my pups and make great Valentine’s Day dog treats, too!

Best thing is they’re SUPER EASY to make as there’s no baking required!

Ready? so let’s jump right in! | Boosting the K9 Immune System with Banana Kelp Dog Treats

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Ingredients For The Banana Kelp Dog Treats

As the name suggests, all you need is two ingredients for these scrumptious, immune system boosting dog treats!

I used two overly ripe bananas and 1.5 teaspoons of a kelp powder supplement.

The one pictured in the image below is by Kelp Dog, but unfortunately, the brand went out of business.  

Thankfully I found a great kelp powder alternative at Raw Paws Pet Food!

K9sOverCoffee | Ingredients Used For Our Banana Kelp Dog Treats | Kelp powder for dogs from Raw Paws Pet Food
Kelp powder for dogs from Raw Paws Pet Food

How To Make The Banana Kelp Dog Treats/ Heart Dog Treats for Valentine’s Day

It’s a breeze making these banana kelp dog treats.

(1) Simply peel the bananas and mash them up in a mixing bowl.

(2) Add 1.5 teaspoons of the kelp powder and mix them together.

(3) Fill your (heart shaped) silicone molds with the concoction and place them into the freezer overnight.

It’s just enough to fill 12-15 medium sized silicone molds – I used two molds with 12 heart shapes.

Aren’t they super cute to make Valentine’s Day dog treats?!

How to easily make dog treats for Valentine's Day
Dog treats for Valentine’s Day

Benefits of Bananas & Kelp for Dogs

Ripe bananas are rich in dietary fiber, vitamin C, potassium, vitamin B-6 and antioxidants.

They’re very easy to digest when ripe!

Kelp is a seaweed that’s chock-full of fiber, vitamins, minerals, trace elements and amino acids.

It’s a natural source of iodine that supports thyroid health, helps with digestion, promotes healthy skin, reduces itching and alleviates arthritis pain.

It even repels fleas – how about that?!

The Raw Paws Pet Food kelp supplement consists of 100% organic Icelandic dried kelp.

When doing my research on kelp, I found that kelp from the Southern Pacific shouldn’t be fed because of industrial pollution. 

Kelp from Hawaii, the Northwest USA, Canada, Iceland and Norway is considered much less contaminated.

Use Small Silicone Molds – Moderation Is Key

As with all treats, feeding them in moderation is key – too much banana and kelp can cause digestive upset.

Because of this, I like to make smaller treats in silicone molds as opposed to larger KONG food puzzles that I typically like to use for frozen, DIY food puzzle fillers.

Dogs can have 1/4 teaspoon of kelp per 10 lbs of body weight per day.

I limit Missy’s allowance to 1-2 banana/kelp treats per day when she’s not getting the kelp dosage with her raw food.

She weighs 50 lbs and can have a little over one teaspoon of kelp per day. Her brother Buzz weighs 70 lbs and can have just shy of 2 teaspoons of kelp per day.

K9sOverCoffee | A Raw Meal Topped Off With Our Kelp Supplement from Kelp Dog

Banana Kelp Dog Treats: Bottom Line

These banana kelp dog treats are a quick, fun way of incorporating an immune system booster in your pup’s life!

I make them whenever I have some overly ripe bananas sitting around the house that I won’t eat anymore but don’t want to throw out.

Leave your comments or questions in the comment section below this blog post!

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Barbara launched her blog K9sOverCoffee in 2014 and has been feeding her dogs raw dog food since 2015. As a former professional dog walker, she’s passionate about balancing species-appropriate exercise with healthy dog nutrition. Barbara is raw dog food nutrition certified from “Dogs Naturally Magazine” and the author of several e-books about minimally processed, balanced raw dog food.



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6 responses to “Boosting The K9 Immune System With Banana Kelp Dog Treats”

  1. Jose Luis Rivera Madera Avatar
    Jose Luis Rivera Madera

    Love it! 🙂

  2. Jan K, Wag N Woof Pets Avatar
    Jan K, Wag N Woof Pets

    Those treats sound great, Luke especially loves bananas so I know he’d love these. I didn’t know about the benefits of them though. The kelp powder has a lot of impressive benefits too, we might like to try that. Right now our big supplements are fish oil and curcumin. I’m not sure my hubby – who does most of the feeding – will be happy if I add something else to the mix though. LOL

    1. K9sOverCoffee Avatar

      Lol, I hear you on adding more supplements 😉 I enjoy mixing it up and keeping the pups guessing a little what they’ll find in their bowls next. I’m a big believer in fish oil and like Bonnie & Clyde’s best. One of my Instagram followers recently tried it with her Chessie and was completely in awe about how soft his fur got in less than 2 weeks. Amazing what a little supplement here & there can do, right?

  3. Anna Avatar

    Thanks for sharing. Looks like an easy treat!

    1. K9sOverCoffee Avatar

      It really is, Anna, you can whip it up in less than 5 minutes. Thanks for stopping by!

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