Just like we do, dogs love to devour tasty food. And like us, dogs sometimes get too many calories in the devouring. If you’re not careful, unhealthy dog treats can add a lot of calories to your dog’s normal, healthy diet. You may not realize how many treats your dog gets every day. Some people give their dogs two, three, and even four treats at a time, without giving a thought to the consequences of their actions. It doesn’t hit them until they are asked about the details of their health and nutrition history.
By including more fruits and vegetable in your dog’s diet, you will be killing two birds with one arrow-
- A healthier nutrition-rich diet with fruits & vegetables.
- Less consumption of store-bought unhealthy treats
You can skip the snack foods that are high in fat, sugar and often contain restrictions, and try to give your dog vegetables. Give your pup baby carrots, green beans, and some broccoli. They have nearly 0 calories, and the dogs don’t get tired if you don’t give them something fat and fat. Dogs want you to give them something. Dogs are open to all foods, as much as possible. So vegetables can be a great way to lighten your dog’s snack. Try the fruit, too. Slices of banana, berries, watermelon, and apple seeds, (excluding seeds, of course). Avoid anything with caffeine- that includes grapes, raisins, onions, chocolate. Those can be dangerous for dogs. Other easy-to-use snacks like treating low-calorie dogs are popcorn that has no salt in the air without salt or butter, and light rice cakes cut into small pieces.
Creatively use items that are available in your kitchen
Healthy treats for your dog already in your kitchen? Yes! You do not have to drive down to the pet store. Lots of fruit and vegetables make good snacks for dogs. Obviously, it is a powerful nutritious diet that contributes to good health. They are usually quite simple because many are the basics that you can keep for your family anyway. And unlike most dog biscuits or similar treats, they have lower calories. This is very helpful in reducing the challenge most of us face is finding the balance between managing our kids and managing healthy weight for long life in general.
Here are some of our favorites!
- Watermelon- Like humans, most dogs love watermelons as delicious, tasty, and beneficial insects. Be sure to remove any seeds, and do not give your dog a mouse.
- Sweet Potatoes Cooked- Cooked sweet potatoes may not look so soft, but as they sit well in the fridge, it is actually very easy to roast some extra to share during the week with your furry family member. It is better to keep them clear. Do not give raw potatoes of any kind to a dog.
- Bananas- We all know that bananas are loaded with healthy nutrients. Most dogs love them, too, so they are an option that you can always use. Just be sure not to overdo it. Given their high sugar content, it is best to give bananas to dogs in moderation.
- Apples– An apple a day does not keep a veterinarian, and the whole apple maybe a little dog, but they are as good for dogs as they are for humans! Packed with nutrients and fiber, this is a great snack. Just be sure not to let your pup have a seed or a stem.
- Green peas- Peas are frozen or fresh, green for good handling, and many dogs love them. Give your dog a couple as training or put it in its container. Easy-peasy!
- Carrots- Packed with beta carotene and other vitamins, carrots are almost guaranteed to be in your kitchen anyway. Why not cut it into equal pieces and use them as a healthy reward? Some dogs can be bad for swallowing without chewing (we are watching you, labs, and bears), so if yours is one, make sure the carrot slices are the right size.
- Green beans- Dogs can also eat raw beans! Just make sure the cooked green beans are not spiced. Please, plain. This is a good source of vegetables and fiber.
- Broccoli- Cruciferous vegetables have known health benefits, and broccoli is a good choice for females. Few small pieces of broccoli as a treat are great. This can be raw, roasted, or hot, please do not be prepared for the time. Like humans, dogs often have an easy time digesting high-fiber cooked foods, but some are safer.
- Cooked Squash- Cooked squash is a portion of good natural food for dogs! And since there are several types of dog-safe squash, this is a good option all year round. Butternut squash, yellow squash, or zucchini are all good. Even a pumpkin! Just be sure to remove the seeds, as well as the butternut, rind, too.
- Berries- Sweet strawberries of vitamin C small nuggets that dogs love. Like bananas, they have a lot of sugar, so keep that in mind when deciding how much to donate.
- Blueberries- Like strawberries, blueberries are beautiful, healthy, and easy to carry with the little you can share with your pup!
What to Avoid
The key to treats is that it should be easy on the dog’s teeth. Skip anything heavy, such as bones, horns, or hooves. A lot of new practices like those on the market are breaking teeth.
If you push your icon in the treatment and it leaves a marker, that is the safest way. If not, treatment is very difficult for the dog to chew safely.
Rawhide is different because as the dog chews on it, it softens. But watch your dog regularly as he chews on the green liquid, as it may break into pieces and stick to his throat. It’s good to remove it when it starts to get smaller, Pierce said.
10% rule for a healthier-tastier diet
Treats and snacking can only create 10% of a dog’s daily calories. To get an idea of how many such treats your dog can have, consult a veterinarian. They can make a recommendation based on your dog’s favorite treat, their weight, and how they work. But dogs love to eat treats. And people love to give it to their dogs. It is a great way of bonding with your pet, and that is a good thing. You can still offer your dog some treats. One treat at a time is a mantra to follow.