Many people consider their dogs to be their “furry children.” They dress them up, talk to them as if they were a child, and even give them pacifiers. And why not? These furry, little creatures capture our hearts from the first time their adorable, stubby, puppy legs run to us, attacking us with their kisses. Because my dog baby has me wrapped around her little paw, I am often guilty of giving her manufactured “healthy” dog treats not because she did a trick, but because of the amazing “little furry person” that she is.
But many of the dog treats manufactured by dog food companies fill their treats with preservatives, food coloring, and artificial flavoring that can be extremely harmful to our dogs. But what other options do we have? Do we have to buy all organic vegetables, mix them up, put them in a slow cooker, all to create something that is healthy and safe for our dogs? The answer may surprise you. The magazine ModernDog has created a list of single ingredient dog treats that are two paws up!
- Cabbage and Cauliflower: Cabbage and cauliflower are not just for St.Patrick’s Day, but are cancer-fighting healthy dog treats for your dog. Add just a little bit to your dogs dinner. Be careful to not be hypnotized by your dog’s longing eyes. Too much of these treats can create gas, and there will be no gold at the end of that rainbow!
- Brown Rice or Quinoa: Rice is a great addition to any kind of dog food, wet or dry. It not only tastes delicious but, just like humans, can settle a stomach when a certain little creature ate too much grass or caught a stomach bug.
- Red Peppers: Red peppers are PACKED with all kinds of vitamins and nutrients. Peppers can act as a refreshing, crunchy, chewy treat for dogs who have a habit of gnawing on things that they aren’t supposed to. Store them in plastic sandwich bags and you’re ready to go!
- Apples: To me, there is nothing cuter than watching my dog chew on an apple slice and hearing the crunch, crunch, crunch of her favorite treat. Apples contain calcium, vitamin K, vitamin C and pectin. Adding this healthy dog treats to your dog’s meal will have Feido running through the leaves with an extra boost of energy this fall. Just be cautious to not feed them the unhealthy parts of the apple: the apple seeds or the core. This part can be unhealthy and potentially a choking hazard.
- Dehydrated Apricots: Have a dehydration machine? Dehydrated apricots are a delectable treat that is light, easy, and perfect for the dog with a sweet tooth. Again, be mindful of portions for this one. Too much of this sweet treat can upset your fur baby’s tummy. Remember, a little goes a long way!
Dog owners know that our dogs are our confidants, best friends, and can put a smile on our face regardless of the situation. Somehow they can always sense when a cuddle or a kiss is needed the most. They are always there for us, so we need to make sure that we are being there for them buy rewarding them with treats that will advance their health, not hinder it.
Dog Heiro recognizes the important role dog’s play in our daily life. Therefore, we are dedicated to educating dog owners on the best ways to prolong that important relationship through proper nutrition. Did this article motivate you to reconsider the treats you’re giving your dog? Click here to see more examples of healthy dog treats.