July 23rd, 2021
Keeping dog treats on hand is essential for training your four legged friend, distracting him or getting his attention, or simply rewarding him for being a good boy. While dog treats are supposed to be a reward, your dog’s health is still a priority, so you might be thinking of how healthy the treats you give to your dog are.
Pet food companies produce a range of treats for dogs to meet all different tastes. But you also probably have a number of healthy “treats” already in your kitchen that your dog will love. This can be helpful if you run out of store-bought treats, your dog has a food sensitivity, or you are looking for a low calorie and nutrient dense alternative.
8 Dog Treats You Have in Your Kitchen
While dog treats are often meat based, many dogs love fruits and vegetables. This is a good thing too since produce is filled with vitamins and minerals and low in fat and calories. You can give these fruits and veggies as treats or top your dog’s normal food:
- Green Peas - Fresh or frozen peas are a good treat with a bit of protein and iron. Frozen peas are great on warm days.
- Blueberries - High in antioxidants, dogs love blueberries. But watch out because they will stain your floors and furniture.
- Carrots - Cut carrots up into bite size pieces and feed them either cooked or raw.
- Watermelon - With a high moisture content, watermelon is also hydrating on a hot day.
- Sweet Potatoes - You can cook up sweet potatoes without seasonings and keep them in your fridge to dole out over the next few days.
- Bananas - Banana pieces are a sweet treat, but go light on these since they are high in sugar.
- Apples - Apples slices are as healthy for dogs as they are for us. They can also help clean your dog’s teeth.
- Homemade Treats - If you enjoy baking, there are also a range of recipes for dog friendly treats that you can whip up, usually with ingredients you already have on hand.
Whenever introducing a new food item into your dog’s diet - either as a treat or with a meal - start slowly to give his digestive system time to adjust and be sure that there are not any allergies. If your dog’s stomach is not upset and he likes the new treats, feel free to incorporate them into your daily treats.