June 8, 2012

These meat balls are exceedingly easy to make, and have the added benefit of helping to calm down pups who get anxious at big gatherings or the sound of firework displays. Turkey is naturally high in sedating Tryptophan, and the Quiet Tea is a blend of herbs that will infuse each meatball with calming, soothing properties to help July 4th pass by with a little less stress.

Calming Meatballs for Dogs and Cats 


6 tbsp Honest Kitchen Quiet Tea®
1 cup hot water or hot organic free range chicken broth
1 cup of Honest Kitchen Preference® dehydrated dog food
2  tbsp of ground flaxseed
1 ½ lb of ground turkey (raw or sautéed depending what you’re comfortable with)
1 tsp coconut oil
2 cups full fat plain yogurt
1 banana, sliced
½ cup coconut flakes

What to do

Steep the Quiet Tea in the hot water or broth in a large bowl, and set aside.
Measure out the Preference into a separate bowl and add the flaxseed.
Add the tea to the Preference to rehydrate it.
Mix in the ground turkey,  then add the coconut oil, and stir to mix thoroughly.
Roll into meatballs, then roll each meatball in yogurt, and top with coconut flakes and a couple of banana slices.
Refrigerate, and take out when you’re ready to serve!

What else to do

Most dogs are better left at home, rather than being taken to 4th July parties – especially during the evening when the fireworks begin. A crate is ideal for confining your dog if she’s comfortable spending time in one – make sure she’s had plenty of exercise and an opportunity to relieve herself before you close her in. If you leave your dog loose in the house, make sure all doors and windows are locked and leave the tv or radio on to help drown out the banging and squealing of festive pyrotechnics. Just in case your pet does escape, make sure he wears his collar and his ID tags are securely fastened. A marrow bone or interactive toy will help to keep him occupied and pass the time away too. Better still, stay home and spend the evening together so he doesn’t get all worried, home alone.