This satin ball recipe is basically raw meatballs made for dogs to gain weight. Keep reading and I’ll share more details about this meaty dog treat – including what’s in it, how much of it to give your dog, and when you should NOT give it to your pet.
Benefits of Beef
Red meat like ground beef is a fantastic source of protein that helps your dog build strong muscles. Did you know that it has vitamins in it that are good for their skin? Yup!
In fact, it also has lots of B vitamins that will give your dog a natural source of energy too.
Benefits of Oatmeal
Oatmeal is another type of food that is really good to feed to dogs.
I use it because it is a healthy wheat alternative for any dogs that might be sensitive or gluten intolerant.
Just like ground beef, oatmeal also has lots of B vitamins that are good for natural energy and a healthy coat.
What oatmeal has that ground beef doesn’t is a source of omega-6 fatty acids – this is necessary for brain health and strong healthy skin.
Finally, you can’t beat the way the soluble fiber in the oatmeal helps your dog’s blood glucose levels. It’s also a healthy source of fiber if they need help with irregular bowel movements.
Here’s a list of what you need:
- Ground Beef – Choose grass-fed organic ground beef to get the most nutrition for you dog.
- Oatmeal – Use old-fashioned or rolled oats,
- Total Cereal – This is a fantastic source of fiber. If you don’t have Total ceral, you can use Wheaties or another bran-based cereal.
- Molasses – This is a natural sweetener. Use it if you can find it. You can substitute with raw honey.
- Wheat Germ – This is another fantastic source of fiber and protein.
- Gelatin – This will keep all the ingredients together in the shape of a ball.
- Coconut Oil – This is really healthy for your dog, giving them the good fats they need.
- Egg and Egg Shell – Yes, include the egg shell. It is wonderful for your dog’s bones since it has lots of calcium.
Satin Balls And Pancreatitis
If your dog has pancreatitis, do not feed your dog satin balls. It has too much fat and too many calories to be good for a dog with that health condition.
How many calories in satin balls for dogs?
If you make 24 balls, they will have about 100 calories each. See the recipe card below for more nutrition information on satin balls.
Are satin balls for puppies? No, I do not recommend giving these to puppies. They are so young and small that they should just eat a veterinarian-recommended diet.
How Much to Feed
How many satin balls per day? This depends on how many calories your dog eats each day and how much weight they need to gain. I suggest asking your veterinarian how many extra calories your dog should be eating and follow that.
How to Store Satin Balls
Because satin balls are not cooked, they must be stored in the refrigerator or frozen for later use. If frozen, thaw as needed.
Keep them covered the same way you would with ground beef. Wrap with plastic wrap or place them in a plastic zip-top bag or airtight container.
To thaw, place the balls in the refrigerator overnight. Do not thaw them at room temperature.
- 1 pound Ground Beef
- 1 ¼ cups Uncooked Oatmeal
- 1 ⅓ cups Total Cereal
- ¼ cup Unsulphured Molasses
- 5 tablespoons Wheat Germ
- 1 envelope Unflavored Gelatin
- ¼ Cup Melted Coconut Oil
- 1 Raw Egg and Shell
Place all ingredients in a large bowl and use your hands to combine well.
Pinch out a small amount and using your hands and form it into a 1 to 1 ½ inch ball.
Continue until all the mixture is used.