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Healthy Dog Treats

A Healthy Dog Equals A Longer, Healthier Life: 

There are a lot of dog treats on the market today…Depending on what store you go to, there may be countless different brands, names, and sizes…

So…How do you know which ones are the best…Which ones are Healthy? 

Do you go by the delicious description, or scrumptious picture on the package? Wow…My pup would LOVE these…

That’s the “tempting” way to choose treats for our pups…Just like it’s the “tempting” way to choose snacks for ourselves…

But…our pups can’t choose whether to eat healthy or not…It’s up to us to choose for them…

The Cheeky Hound (64)Choosing Healthy Dog Treats For Your Pup: 

When you shop for your family…Do you read labels? Well, dog food and dog treats have labels too…

I know sometimes we don’t always eat healthy, although we at least try…But remember…Our pups don’t have a choice…They eat whatever we give them…Healthy or Not!

So…Read the list of ingredients on the bag or box of dog treats…The first three ingredients are the most important, since they contain most of the content, and therefore, should have the notably highest quality.

So…What makes up quality in a healthy dog treat? Believe it or not…The same characteristics that create quality in human food…

The healthiest doggie treats are made with fresh, pure and minimally processed ingredients. Whole-Food Ingredients are much more recommended than by-products or food “fractions.” Wheat is healthier than wheat flour, for example.

The more an ingredient is processed or altered, the more chance it has to deteriorate and become contaminated, and the more nutrients it loses.

Every ingredient on the label should be one you recognize and from a source you are familiar with. If the ingredient says “meat,” it could be from anywhere. However, if it says “chicken,” you know it came from a chicken. Know the source of the ingredients you are feeding your dog…

If you buy your doggie treats with organic ingredients…That’s all the better…They are less likely to be altered or contaminated if they are organic, and the organic ingredients always receive a more in depth analysis from the inspectors.

Treats are something special for your pup, so sometimes sweet is ok…But make sure it’s a natural sweetener, like applesauce, molasses, or honey, rather than artificial sweeteners, which are not healthy for your pup.

There are a few ingredients to avoid when choosing the best treats for your pup. These include artificial preservatives, artificial colors, and chemical humectants, which are used in pet food (and some human food) to keep them moist and chewy and prevent discoloration.

Your Pup has no choice…They eat what you feed them…Feed them healthy treats…For a healthy, happy Pup!

Healthy Dog Treats without the Extra Calories:

We all love to see our pups wag their tail in excitement…Roll over, give us paw, sit, lay down…Do all the tricks…Just to get that treat…To our pups that treat is a special sense of approval from us…

They love to receive it…We love to give it…

But then there are the calories that go with them…One treat turns into rolling over again with that adorable, irresistible look…And another treat…And more calories…Have you ever had your vet tell you your dog needs to lose weight?

OOPS…Too many treats!!!

As a rule, treats and snacks should only make up 10% of a dogs daily calorie intake…That’s not to say you can’t give them treats…Giving our dogs treats is a way of bonding…

Try fruits and veggies…Most dogs are not the picky eaters that some humans are…They are willing to eat just about anything…It’s the idea of you giving them a treat that matters to them…

Try a baby carrot, a green bean, or maybe even a piece of broccoli…And fruit…How about a slice of banana, watermelon, berries, or apples. Avoid grapes, raisins, onions, chocolate, and anything with caffeine. Other low calorie options are air popped popcorn without salt and butter, or rice cakes broken into bite size pieces.

Healthy Treats Make a Happy Pup…Use Healthy Treats, and Low Calorie Options, Helping Your Pup Live A Longer, Healthier Life!