Healthy Treats for Dogs and Their Benefits
We all like the odd treat, and dogs are no exception. The trouble is, depending on what you choose for a treat, you could be harming Fido unintentionally. Even if you’re feeding your dog healthy meals, it may come as a surprise to you just how many treats he gets.
Many commercial pet treats contain way too many calories to be good for your dog. It’s very similar to the situation with many of us humans: we might eat healthy meals, but snack on unhealthy junk in between meals.
When it comes to treats, a single piece will reinforce your message just as well as a whole handful. Treats are a wonderful way to bond with your dog, and if you’re trying to teach him a new trick, there’s nothing like a snack to encourage the behavior you’re looking for. So what should you be feeding your beloved friend?
From CBD-based dog treats to fruits and vegetables, there are plenty of options to choose from. The only thing to remember is to follow the proper dosage when feeding these treats and always feed snacks in moderation.
Healthy treats for dogs
1. CBD dog treats and biscuits
We all want the best for our dogs and CBD dog treats could be just the thing. CBD-based products are now becoming more and more popular. Because of this, manufacturers started creating products suitable for our pets. There are different types of treats for you to choose from and you don’t have to worry about getting your dog high. Unlike THC, another component that comes from cannabis, CBD is non-psychoactive, and it can even provide some excellent health benefits for your pet.
Some examples of healthy CBD treats for dogs include cookies, biscuits, organic flavored treats, chews, and edibles. You can try each one of these treats and see how your dog likes them. If you find one which your canine really enjoys, stick with those when you’re training. Just remember to follow the feeding directions on the package of the treats so you know how to feed them to your pet properly.
2. Frozen sardines
Sardines are a small, convenient, and healthy snack for dogs. Keep a bag of individually-frozen sardines in the freezer, and feed your dog a whole frozen fish when you want to reward him. They’re relatively low in calories, but pack a powerful Omega 3 punch, which is a great antioxidant, good for the heart, and a healthy coat.
3. Cruciferous vegetables
You might get surprised at what your dog will eat. We usually think they’ll only like meat or animal-derived products, but most dogs like some or other fruits and/or vegetables. For example, next time you’re preparing broccoli, reserve the stem and give it to your dog as a treat. Many dogs enjoy chewing on them, and as broccoli is such a healthy food, you’ll be doing your dog a world of good. Similarly, a cabbage or cauliflower stem will do the trick.
4. Brown Rice
Cooked brown rice is full of fiber to keep your dog feeling fuller for longer. It makes a good snack in small quantities because while it delivers an energy boost, its low GI allows this energy to get released slowly for sustained energy. It’s also pretty bland-tasting, so most dogs will eat it happily. It’s also a useful thing to feed dogs with an upset tummy.
5. Red Peppers
Dogs usually love the sweet flavor of red bell peppers, and because they’re so low in calories, and packed will all sorts of healthy nutrients, they make an excellent treat. You can keep a few slices in the fridge and use when needed, or you can freeze a quantity and give your dog something cool to chew on for extra enjoyment.
Pumpkin’s not only good for us humans but great for dogs too. It contains a wealth of nutrients, including vitamin A, beta-carotene, carotenoids, iron, zinc, potassium, and alpha-carotene. Because it’s full of fiber but low in fat, it’s a good choice for dog snacks or treats. If your dog needs to lose weight, try giving her one or two tablespoons of pumpkin puree with her food. Reduce her usual food to compensate for the added pumpkin.
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Carrots contain many of the same nutrients as pumpkin, so they’re a healthy addition to your dog’s daily food intake. But the great thing about these root vegetables is that they’re good on-the-go snacks that are very portable. So, if you’re taking your pup out for the day, pack a few raw carrots to ensure you have enough snacks available. You can even freeze baby carrots as a frozen snack that will help keep your dog’s teeth clean.
Never give your dogs these human treats
1. Raisins, sultanas, grapes
Although they’re perfectly fine for humans, raisins and other grape products can be deadly for dogs. Even one grape can be fatal for dogs who are sensitive to them and can cause irreversible kidney failure. If your dog swallows any grape product, take him or her to your vet, especially if they are showing symptoms like repeated vomiting, lethargy, and depression.
Xylitol is a natural form of sugar that comes from the fruit and bark of some plants. It is very low calorie, making it a good sugar substitute. These days, it’s showing up in the ingredient lists of many products, including peanut butter, toothpaste, mouthwash, sugar-free gums, sweets, and baked goods. The problem is that xylitol is highly-toxic to dogs and can cause seizures, vomiting, loss of coordination, and liver failure.
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3. Garlic and onions
Some people swear by garlic and/or onions for keeping fleas away from dogs, but that’s a myth. The truth is that both of these foods highly favored by many people can be toxic to dogs, especially if they receive them regularly or in a large quantity. That’s one of the many reasons why feeding your dog left-overs is a bad idea. Onions and garlic in whatever form they come can destroy a dog’s red blood cells, leading to anemia and severe illness.
Remember to ask your vet about anything you are not clear about and if you notice any change in your dog’s normal behavior.