Treats and Chews - Diet and Tips On What To Feed Your Dog

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Treats and Chews - Diet and Tips On What To Feed Your Dog

For many pet owners, treating their dog is a bonding experience. That being said, it’s important to keep nutrition in mind when giving out treats so that you don’t overfeed your canine companions.

The treats your dog eats should never make up more than 10% of their daily diet. You can talk to your vet to get a clearer idea of how many calories Fido should be getting every day along with what nutrients the meals should consist of. Below are some healthy treats.

Nutritious Options

Vegetables

Why spend a lot of money on sugary snacks from the store when you can use some good ol’ fashioned vegetables to keep your dogs happy and healthy. Peas and carrots are good options since they’re small in form yet rich in nutrients.

Apples

Apple slices are a fruitier alternative. Apples are rich in vitamins A and C — not to mention fiber — making them a great pick. They’re also suitable for older dogs due to their low-fat nature. I guess an apple a day keeps the vet away too, not just the doctor.

Cheese

While cheese bits aren’t the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of dog treats, you’d be surprised how much they like it, and the calcium will help keep their bones healthy. Just be mindful of the calories and avoid unripened varieties as it could upset their stomach.

Enzymatic Chews

Using enzymatic chews as a treat for your dog ensures that their teeth stay healthy. Plaque and tartar will become a thing of the past thanks to the abrasive texture. They’re often poultry-flavored as well making them appealing to dogs of all ages and breeds.

What About Bones?

You’re probably wondering why we didn’t mention bones anywhere on our list. That’s because, while popular, bones can actually be dangerous for your dogs. Bones splinter and may irritate the mouth of your pets, especially puppies who have sensitive gums.

In the worst cases, digestive tract punctures can even occur. Stick to safer options for your dogs. It’s not like they need the extra calcium from bones since they should already be getting all the necessary nutrients from the actual meals that you give them.

Conclusion

As you can see, there are quite a few healthy options to choose from. You can also try out our Calm and Quiet treats to keep your dogs relaxed even as you leave for work. Browse the rest of our catalog to see the other products we have on sale.