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Have you ever considered making homemade dog treats or wondered what you can safely give to your dog from foods out of your pantry or fridge? Poor nutrition is common with giving your dog table scraps, but not all human foods are bad for your dog and some are very nutritional. Certainly, making your own dog treats allows full control how many calories and how much fat they consume, make allowances for dietary needs, tailor to nutritional needs, and practice better control over what your dog eats. Whether you make your own homemade dog treats or buy dog treats from a pet store, consider these wholesome ingredients:
Cranberry // Cranberry is good for urinary tract health that includes infection prevention, and also provides extra potassium, fiber, and Vitamin C. These tasty little berries are also good for preventing cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease that some breeds are susceptible to.
Carrot // Carrot offers the benefits of high fiber and good dental health for your dog. Vitamin A, in particular, is beneficial for your dog’s eyesight, especially as he or she ages.
Strawberries // Strawberries have the goods in the form of Vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants, just like blueberries that dogs also usually love. There is also an enzyme that helps benefit dogs’ dental health in these berries.
Bananas // Bananas offer a good intake of fiber, Vitamin C, potassium, and essential minerals while being low in cholesterol and sodium. This tasty fruit should only be used in smaller amounts, though, because of the higher sugar content. You don’t want your dog developing diabetes.
Pumpkin // Pumpkin, in its raw form, is ideal for your dog’s digestive health, with abundant fiber. There is also a decent beta-carotene amount that provides Vitamin A, good for your dog in moderation because of the benefits for his or her eyesight, especially as your dog ages.
Sweet Potato // Sweet potato is a wonderful addition to treats because dogs love the taste, ensuring that they’ll eat the treats right away. The fat amount is low and fiber high, also beneficial, with Vitamins B6 and C, as well as the essential mineral manganese.
Carob // Carob is a popular addition to dog treats that mimics chocolate, without the toxic side effects. Because this ingredient features a legume base, it is not only free from the toxins in chocolate but has a healthy amount of both pectin and fiber that will benefit your furry friend.
Oats // Oats make good ingredients for dog treats, as long as they are free from flavor additives or sugar. The amount of fiber is good for digestion, especially for dogs with sensitive stomachs or irregularity. If your dog has a wheat allergy or sensitivity issues, oats make a good alternative as long as they’re cooked in any treat where they’re used.
Turkey // Turkey that is lean and free from seasonings is good to use in treats as long as the skin has been removed. The protein in turkey is high; it is easily digestible and also helps your dog build muscle.
Rosemary // Rosemary is high in antioxidants that are good for preventing cancer and cardiovascular disease. Another benefit this herb offers is being a natural flea repellent, making it easier for you to avoid having to use toxic chemicals.
Pork // Pork is naturally high in protein and good fats that are good for your dog’s overall nutrition. Always make sure treats use lean cuts and are thoroughly cooked.
When you incorporate or buy dog treats with these and other healthy ingredients for your dog, he or she will enjoy them*. Whether you use them as a training aid or a thoughtful way to indulge your pet, these healthy ingredients will appeal to him or her*. The best thing of all is that you can feel good about your decision to feed these treats.
*Please ask your veterinarian before feeding any new foods to your dog. It is always advised to introduce new foods gradually, so you can monitor for anyadverse effects like allergic reactions. Keep in mind that all dogs are different – One dog may tolerate a food just fine, while another experiences adverse effects. If you have any questions about the serving size of foods, ask your veterinarian. For other human foods your dog can and can’t eat see Heathline’s article.
About The Author: Olivia Harper is the co-founder of the blog Daily Dog Stuff. She is a passionate pet parent who loves to spend time with her dog, who keeps her active and social. Read more of her guides and tips at dailydogstuff.com.