It’s obvious that all dogs like treats. But have you considered what’s contained in your pet’s favorite snack? Some dog treats come with preservatives that can compromise your dog’s health (such as Propyl Gallate, Ethoxyquin, BHT, HA, and TBHQ). These additional ingredients can irritate dog allergies, cause bothersome coat and skin conditions, and even be more harmful than useful.
Instead of giving your dog store-bought snacks, here are 10 healthy, all-natural treats you can feed your dog.
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Cabbage is a cruciferous type of vegetable that helps with fighting cancer. Try steaming some cabbage and add it to your pet’s dinner–add only a little though, so you don’t upset his stomach or cause flatulence. Too much cabbage causes gas.
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These little fish are delicious and rich in omega oils. You can feed them whole since they’re very small. Keep them in the freezer for a cool, crunchy little treat.
Few things are as delicious as cooked pumpkin. Add pumpkin to your pet’s diet for a healthy amount of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, omega fatty acids, fiber, and riboflavin. But be sure to feed him steamed or roasted pumpkin because pumpkin pie is high in harmful refined sugar and preservatives.
Like brown rice, this ancient grain is best for dogs allergic to grain and is perfect for relieving an upset stomach.
Many dogs love delicious, crispy slices of apple. This is great because apples contain vitamin C, vitamin K, pectin (solution fiber), and calcium. But remove the seeds as well as core because they have harmful stuff called cyanogenic glycosides.
Pack 1-2 young carrots for a nice dog treat while traveling. Or you can cook the carrots and mash them into your pooch’s dinner for a tasty, healthy addition. You also can freeze some young carrots to have a delicious, cool treat that’ll clean your pooch’s teeth naturally. Options abound.
Most dogs really like cheese, making it perfect for rewarding your pet after training. But mind the calories and remember that softer, unripe cheeses are extremely likely to lead to stomach upsets.
Dried apricots are a delicious, healthy treat perfect for indulging your dog’s sweet tooth. Mind the portion size though. Dehydrated apricots have all of the nutrients found in fresh ones, so just feed small amounts to avoid stomach upsets.
Watermelon contains lots of lycopene, which is an antioxidant that fights cancer and maintains healthy eyes as well.
Sweet potatoes are nutritious and tasty. They contain vitamin C, B vitamins, potassium, magnesium, and niacin. You can serve dry sweet potato chews or steam and add them to your dog’s dinner.