Healthy dog treats are a great way to help an overweight dog slim down, but they are also great for ALL dogs as a nutritional boost! There are lots of fresh, low-calorie snacks right in your refrigerator that pack a nutrition punch. They can help tame midday snack cravings or serve as alternatives to processed treats, many of which are high-calorie and offer little to no nutrition. Maybe treat time happens just because those adorable begging faces make you hear that song “Hungry Eyes” from “Dirty Dancing” in your head as you lose the staring contest with your pup.
It happens to the best of us!
Healthy Dog Treats
Dog are omnivores, which means that as much as they need protein in their diets, they also love many fruits and veggies too, and can get a lot of great nutrition from them. We love keeping these snacks handy:
- seedless apples
- seedless watermelon cubes
- sweet potato
- green beans
These are all wonderful for your dog just like they are for you. The key is moderation. A few slices of apple, a few baby carrots, a couple of strawberries…not a whole meal of apples and strawberries. Frozen blueberries are very convenient and we all know how loaded with antioxidants they are.
Trust us, your dog will “sit” and happily do whatever you ask just as much for these healthy dog treats as for most any packaged dog treat! Most dogs love fruits and veggies. Even if your dog isn’t a fan of green beans, its likely they will like something else that you already keep around the house for yourself.
A Step Further Than Dog Treats Alone
Sometimes, it’s also nice to supplement your dog’s kibble with something you’d typically think of as “human food.” A couple of tablespoons of plain canned pumpkin is a great option to mix in for added fiber, which helps with both diarrhea and constipation. Plain Greek yogurt or kefir (unsweetened and no artificial sweeteners) is also a healthy choice for some probiotics. Repopulating the gut with probiotics, especially after a round of antibiotics is good for pets and people! You can even chop up a little spinach or cabbage to mix in for a green boost of nutrients and fiber!
Toxic Dog Treats to Avoid
No list would be complete without a list of dangerous foods to avoid. These can be risky or toxic for your sweet dog, so please be sure that everyone in your family knows what foods to never give.
- fruit with pits
- macadamia nuts
- anything with xylitol (a sweetener commonly in human foods, gum, toothpaste, etc.)
We hope you enjoy snack time with your pup! ‘Tis the season for fresh foods!