Choosing a Healthy Dog Treat

Posted on September 17, 2017

One of my interests is canine nutrition.  I love learning about the topic - you might say I'm Hungry for knowledge!  And food lends itself to a lot of Cheesy jokes!  Anyways... as the owner of a kennel and mama to 8 pets, I have served a lot of meals and treats in the past decade and I'm excited to begin discussing the topic with you today.

In order for dogs to live the longest and healthiest lives possible, they need to eat the healthiest diets possible.  This sounds fairly simple until you stand in the middle of the dog treat aisle looking for something without artificial colors, artificial sweeteners, animal by-products, or grains.  You also have to be careful about what preservatives are used.  And don't forget, your dog should actually find the treats appetizing.  

So what's my advice on choosing a dog treat?  In a Nutshell... skip the treat aisle altogether and offer your dog small amounts of real, unprocessed food instead.  Many fruits, vegetables and cooked meats make nutritious and tasty treats for dogs.  Make sure you are feeding the food in it's simplest form - no salts, spices, sauces or oils.  

 

Here is a list of foods that I regularly use in place of commercially available dog treats:

*Bananas 

*Strawberries

*Blueberries

*Carrots

*Sweet potatoes

*Brussels Sprouts

*Sugar snap peas

*Green beans

*Nori

*Salmon

 

You can continue learning about nutrient-rich treats by reading this article from Modern Dog, or by talking to your veterinarian.  And here we are at the end of my second blog post... so far this blogging thing is a Piece of Cake!