A few months ago when we started prepping Kenna for the ICKC show in Austin our trainer had mentioned that we should consider putting some weight on her. Being the OCD person that I am as soon as I got home I immediately started doing research on the best way to accomplish this. After reading and trying to process the information overload I remembered seeing a post about this on a Facebook group and finally tracked down a recipe for Satin Balls (or as my Mom calls them...Satan Balls lol).
They did not disappoint! Not only did Kenna LOVE them and fill out a little they have also been great for Charm who hasn’t a great appetite since we got him home. He now follows me around every morning until he gets his “meatballs”.
This is the original recipe:
10 pounds hamburger meat (the cheapest kind)
1 lg. box of Total cereal
Charm and Kenna hoping that I drop some goodies!
1 lg. box oatmeal
1 jar of wheat germ
1 1/4 cup veg oil
1 1/4 cup of unsulphured molasses
10 raw eggs AND shells
10 envelopes of unflavored gelatin
pinch of salt
However, if you just want to try them out or have a small dog, you can start with this recipe. (1/10th or the original)
1 pound cheap hamburger (for high fat %)
1 1/3 cups Total cereal
1 1/2 cups uncooked oatmeal
1 raw egg
6 tablespoons wheat germ
1 package Knox unflavored gelatin
2 tablespoons oil
2 tablespoons unsulphured molasses
Pinch of salt
When you make these I would recommend wearing gloves...as the molasses stinks and overall it is pretty gross to mix with your bare hands.
I start by putting in all the dry ingredients (a little tip here for the Total cereal - I take the whole bag out of the box and before opening it I crush up the pieces a bit. This makes measuring it and mixing it a WHOLE lot easier!)
Next add in the liquids and hamburger meat
After you have everything in the bowl...start mixing! This takes a while but make sure to get everything mixed up evenly.
Once you have mixed up all the ingredients you can split it up however you like. Some people make patties or just fill ziploc bags to go in the freezer. I make mine into 2" balls to freeze then thaw them out as I need them.
When using these be mindful that they will put weight on your dog VERY quickly! Make sure they are getting plenty of exercise as well. We use these for supplemental only.