While treats should only make up 10% or so of your pooch’s diet, you may also be wondering what treats are actually good for your dog.
As a responsible dog owner, you would probably have read a ton of articles about treats (like raisins, chocolate, and xylitol, which is a synthetic sweetener) that you should never, ever feed your dogs.
So what exactly, should you be feeding them?
Here are 8 yummy treats that are actually good for your dog:
1. Meat jerky
Meat is an excellent source of protein, which your dog needs for its overall health.
Whether beef or chicken, you can safely feed these to your dogs as treats – and they’re guaranteed to lap them up.
If you’re planning to make homemade jerky (this recipe from PopSugar sounds delish) be sure to not add sugar- or salt-rich ingredients like glazes or sauces — jerky is best served plain to your dogs.
Looking for something a little more affordable and commonly found in your household for your dog?
Carrots make a great doggy treat. Whether raw or cooked, they contain plenty of vitamins and minerals, and best of all, they’re low in calories.
Try slicing them up to add to your dog’s main meals, but be sure to keep bite-sized so that your dog doesn’t choke.
3. Hard-boiled eggs
Eggs are nutritious, for you and your dog thanks to it being chockful of vitamins.
It also gets brownie points for being safe for your four-legged friend’s consumption.
Just be sure to feed your dog cooked, not raw eggs — while dogs can consume raw eggs without getting sick, you’ll run the risk of salmonella exposure if you happen to come across a bad egg — which isn’t great news for you.
4. Blueberries, raspberries & blackberries
Berries are a rich source of antioxidants, making them great for your dog’s health.
Just be mindful to limit their intake depending on your dog’s weight and size — you don’t want to overdo it and end up giving your a bout of loose stool.
As a general rule of thumb, a large dog can have 6-10 berries a day, but a smaller one should have around 3-5 at most.
Watermelon is rich in vitamins A and C, making a nutritious (and safe) treat for your dog.
The rinds and seeds can be choking hazards, so just in case you’re tempted to leave them intact for your dog, be sure to slice your watermelon so its free of both.
A tablespoon or two of corn per day is safe for your dog to consume.
However, you should only feed your dog plain corn. No butter or salt should have been added to your dog’s corn however delish they are, since salt can leave your pooch dehydrated.
Bananas are rich in potassium as well as vitamins B6 and C, and safe when eaten in moderation by your dog.
It’s also high in fibre, which can help your dog be more ‘regular’ if constipation is an issue.
Again, remember to peel and slice the banana so that your dog doesn’t choke while eating it.
8. Peanut Butter
If you love peanut butter, you’ll love that you can share yours with your pooch.
However, be sure to pick the plain, unsalted variety.
Looking to add a peanut-butter doggy treat to your dog’s diet? We love Old Mother Hubbard’s Crunchy Classic Natural Dog Treats.
They’re oven-baked, packed with the taste of peanut butter, molasses, apples, and carrots — all of which are ingredients that are safe for your dog.
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