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Food of the Dogs

8 Healthy Dog Treats that are already in your Kitchen

We have all experienced that moment when we get something out of the fridge and we can feel eyes on our back….. the hair on our neck stands up, knowing that if you turn around, you will see those intense eyes watching your every move, whilst slobber drops slowly to the ground, connecting the ravenous animal to the earth. No matter what you do, you cannot avoid that look of pure hunger.

HOW CAN YOU STILL BE HUNGRY PUPPY!!? I JUST FED YOU!!!!

What can you feed your adorable but insatiable fur baby? Not only are treats quite often high in calories (that’s right, we have to take into account their treats as well when working out their perfect diet), but also we run out of them so quickly!

That’s why we have put together the perfect list of 8 Human Foods that are already in your kitchen to give to your lovable dog for healthy and nutritious treats.

Apples

This disease-fighting fruit is a tasty and healthy treat for your dog. They are full of Vitamins A, and C, Antioxidants and Dietary fibre, which contribute to your pup’s gastrointestinal health. They also keep their teeth clean and their breath delightful!

The Vitamin C in apples combats degenerative diseases, such as joint disease. It is also extremely beneficial in stressed dogs, as stress is the main cause of Vitamin C loss in dogs.

Make sure they don’t eat the seeds though as they contain a cyanide compound which is poisonous if eaten. Also be aware that is your dog has diabetes then the high sugar content could be detrimental to their health.

Blueberries

What a glorious little ball of goodness! They are the perfect combination of convenience and nutritious. They are packed full of Vitamins K, C and B6, Manganese, sugar, dietary fibre and copper, not to mention the antioxidants!

A study was conducted at the University of Alaska on Huskies to see the benefits of blueberries as a supplement to their diet. The results showed a very positive spike in antioxidants in their blood, which prevents free radical damage and cancer.

They also lower cholesterol and blood pressure (great for their heart), assist in weight loss, increase bone strength and protects their brains from degeneration over the years.

Try them frozen for a refreshing summer treat. As with any fruit, moderation is the key! 

Banana

I think one of the cutest things is to see a dog eat banana…. Our 45kg beast of a lab Odin looks adorable chewing away on one!

Boost their immune system, replenish electrolytes and promote the health of skin and coats….. What more could you need in a healthy dog treat! They are full of potassium, magnesium, Vitamins C and B6, fibre, biotin and copper.

Definitely don’t feed them the peel because it can cause major blockages in their digestive system. An as already mentioned… moderation!

Peanut Butter 

You will also be in for a treat watching your dog licking peanut butter off a spoon. Hours of fun for the whole family!

First thing first, make sure you check the ingredients to make sure your peanut butter doesn’t contain xylitol. This sugar substitute found in some brands of peanut butter is deadly to dogs, even in small amounts.

Get one of those natural brands of peanut butter containing just peanuts a watch your dog demolish that wonderful source of healthy fat and protein.

Green Beans

This low calorie treat is great for the dog on the heavier side. They are full of Vitamins A, C and K, minerals and fibre.

Raw Carrot

If you have a dog that has trouble pooping, this is the treat for them. Full of soluble fibre, carrots will keep them regular! (only small portions again I have to stress)

Vitamin A for their immune system skin and fluffy coat and Beta-Carotene to assist in preventing eyesight degeneration.

Watch them crunch away at some carrot and feel good about yourself!

Cheese

CALCIUM!!!! Your dog needs plenty of calcium for their teeth and bones, which their will find in this delicious little treat. Chees is also full of protein, Vitamin A and B and essential fatty acids.

The best cheeses are cottage cheese and mozzarella as they are low in fat. Keep cheesy treats to minimum to avoid obesity and intestinal upset.

Pineapple

Frozen pineapple pieces are a glorious delight in summer for both dogs and humans. Your dog’s health can only benefit from the Vitamin C, B1, B5 and B6, Manganese, Copper, Fibre and folate.

The other benefits you will see are extra energy, boost in the immune system, a better digestion, and decrease in inflammation in injured dogs as well as strengthening the bones and joints.

Make sure that the pineapple is ripe as unripe pineapple can cause vomiting, nausea, diarrhea and skin rash.

Watermelon

What a great treat for summer! Considering that watermelon is approximately 92% water, your dog will be grateful for this refreshing treat in the heat.

Watermelon is packed of nutrients like Vitamins A, B6 and C, potassium and dietary fibre.

Just make sure you remove the seeds as they may cause digestive blockages in small dogs and don’t give dogs the rind as they may not chew them properly and they will also cause blockages.

 

These convenient and (relatively) inexpensive healthy dog treats are not only going to make your favourite little furball go crazy in delight, but it will also benefit their health no ends! As with with us humans, make sure treats are only eating in moderation.

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