Doing Dogs The Right Way
We all know that all dogs love 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 added ingredients can trigger dog allergies, cause annoying skin and coat problems, and even be more detrimental than useful.
The following are ten 100% natural, healthy treats you can feed your dog, rather than feed him store-bought snacks.
Cabbage belongs to the cruciferous family of vegetables and helps to fight cancer. Steam some cabbage and make it part of dog’s dinner–but only add a little to not upset your dog’s stomach or cause flatulence. Excess cabbage will cause gas.
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These little fish are delicious and rich in omega oils. Due to their tiny size, you can feed sardines whole. Keep them in the freezer for a cool, crunchy little treat.
Not many things are as tasty as cooked pumpkin. Add some pumpkin to your dog’s diet for extra vitamin E, vitamin C, omega fatty acids, riboflavin, fiber, as well as a healthy amount of vitamin A. But make sure to give him steamed or roasted pumpkin as pumpkin pie is loaded with refined sugar and harmful preservatives.
This ancient grain is perfect for dogs that are sensitive to grain and is good for settling an upset stomach, just like brown rice.
Many dogs love delicious, crispy slices of apple. This is great because apples contain vitamin C, vitamin K, pectin (solution fiber), and calcium. However, get rid of the seeds and core because they contain harmful substances called cyanogenic glycosides.
Pack one or two baby carrots for a great dog treat on the go. You can also cook the carrots, pound them and add to your dog’s supper for a healthy, delicious addition. You can also freeze a few baby carrots to get a sweet, cool treat that will clean your pet’s teeth naturally. There are lots of options.
Most dogs really love cheese, which makes it an ideal reward for training. But check those calories and remember that unripe softer cheeses are highly likely to bring 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 plenty of lycopene, which is an anti-cancer antioxidant that also maintains healthy eyes.
Sweet potatoes are sweet as well as nutritious. They contain B vitamins, vitamin C, niacin, magnesium, and potassium. You can serve dry sweet potato chews or steam and add them to your dog’s dinner.