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DIY Eat – Springtime Topper & Itchy Skin Fish Dish

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Springtime Topper

This tasty yet light combination of flavours provides a nourishing, healthy addition to your companion’s usual meal.


¼ c fresh fennel, finely diced, raw or steamed
¼ c fava beans, lightly cooked
1 Tbsp cherries, pitted and diced
½ c live culture plain yogurt
1 c cooked ground meat, such as turkey (optional)


1. Combine all the ingredients gently with a spoon in a large bowl.
2. Add a couple of tablespoons of the mix to each of your pet’s usual meals.
3. Refrigerate any leftovers for two to three days in a covered container.

Fennel is bursting with powerful antioxidants such as quercitin and some studies are underway to investigate its possible cancerfighting properties. It’s also a warming herb that is very useful for gas and indigestion.


Cherries are loaded with antioxidants, and nourish the liver and kidneys.

Fava beans are thermal-neutral. They tonify the spleen, liver, kidneys, and pancreas.




Itchy Skin Fish Dish

This grain-free recipe uses sole, which is a “novel” protein for many pets who may be itchy from consuming more common proteins like lamb or chicken.


2 c sole or other white fish (be sure to remove all bones)
1 c sweet potatoes
3 Tbsp flaxseed or evening primrose oil
2 glugs of olive oil
2 Tbsp fresh dandelion or parsley leaves, chopped (optional)


1. peel and dice the sweet potatoes and boil in water until they are very soft and tender.
2. meanwhile, lightly sauté the sole in a pan with some olive oil (you can also serve the sole raw if you prefer).
3. combine the sole and sweet potatoes in a large mixing bowl and add in the flaxseed or evening primrose oil.
4. stir in the dandelion and serve a portion appropriate for your pet’s size.

Dandelion is a cleansing herb that can help remove toxins from your pet’s system, thus helping to relieve itchiness in many cases. It’s also an exceedingly rich source of vitamins A, C, K, B complex, and D as well as potassium, iron, and manganese.


Reprinted with permission from Made Out Of Love: Recipes to Prepare For (and Sometimes Share With) Your Animal Companion by Lucy Postins (2009, Lucy Postins)

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