Healthy Dog Treats – There are many dog treats available. So which one should you choose?
We all like to feed our dog a special treat. Our dogs are always happy to get them.
We may feed our dogs healthy dog food. But then we don’t pay much attention to the treats we give them. We just know that our dogs like the treat and like us for giving it to them.
Most treats are not healthy for our dogs. They have too high calorie content. Many are loaded with sugar or corn syrup or fructose. They have no nutritional value. Most treats just make our pets fat. They are not to be used as a meal replacement.
My recommendation is to select healthy dog treats that are functional. That is, they must serve a nutritional purpose. They should not be used to just fill up our dog.
My dog, Romeo, gets 2 treats per day. In the morning, he gets a dental treat to help his teeth and gums. In the evening he gets an antioxidant treat for general health. He gets no more than those 2 treats so his weight stays under control. He would love to get more.
His treats are served at least one hour after eating his main meal. This is done in order not to interfere with the nutritional balance of his dog food.
I read an article that discusses healthy dog treats. The article is entitled “Choosing healthy treats for your pet.”
Here is a quote from the article:
Pet obesity has been on the rise in recent years, so your first concern should be with the contents of the treat itself. Examine the ingredients and nutritional information. Select treats that are not too high in sugars, which may be listed in various ways, such as fructose, sucrose and corn syrup. Too much sugar provides excess calories that could lead to the same conditions that obesity causes in humans, including diabetes and joint strain.
Choose treats that are low in additives. Favour the ones that use natural means of preservation, such as freeze drying or dehydration. Rather than being grain-based with little nutritional value, dehydrated treats often consist of nutritious food such as venison.
Note, though, that treats are not designed to be meal replacements. So, keep treating down to a maximum of 10% of your pet’s daily food intake and don’t treat before meals. Otherwise, your pet may tend to skip meals and become nutrient-deficient.
To make the best use of treating, choose treats that contain nutritious dietary supplements. Treats with antioxidants or essential fatty acids can help build your pet’s immunity. If your pet has a certain health condition such as joint pain, choose a treat that has added glucosamine.
With the right selection and timing, treating can become a healthy part of your pet’s life, adding enjoyment to both you and your furry friend.
The entire article can be read here.
It discusses the importance of making them functional. It says that the dog’s treat should be a part of its nutritional diet.
Do you feed healthy dog treats? Or do you just feed something cheap that fills up your dog? I don’t mean to criticize you. But feeding healthy treats is an important factor in helping you dog live a long, healthy, and happy life.