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Healthy Dog Treats Straight From Your Kitchen
Looking for a tasty treat for your pup? Look no further than your own kitchen! There are plenty of safe and healthy foods you can share with your pet that won’t upset their tummies, all of which receive Two Paws Up from our Test Kitchen Pup, Milly!
Fruit – Apples (with skin, no seeds) provide vitamins A and C along with fiber, berries (strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries) give your dog a dose of antioxidants, and bananas are just a great healthy snack. Keep your pup in mind at your next picnic by slicing watermelon (remove the seeds!) into small chunks or use a fun cookie cutter to cut, then freeze. Voila! Easy treat they can’t get enough of!
Vegetables – You may be serving up some great salads and cooked veggies this time of year, a handful of these low-calorie snacks are a great addition to your dog’s diet too. Try feeding your dog carrots (they’re good for the teeth!), green beans or sweet potatoes. Take it up a notch by putting chopped veggies into your ice-cube trays, fill with water, and freeze. It’s a perfect cool and healthy treat!
Salmon- Salmon contains omega-3 fatty acids which are often already incorporated into what you’re feeding your dog (check out Dinovite!) The omega-3 fatty acids are also commonly incorporated in diets of dogs with allergies. Skip marinated or seasoned salmon and opt to feed it to your pup plain as a healthy treat or mix with their food for a delicious dinner.
Yogurt- This one sounds strange, but the live active bacteria in plain yogurt can act like a probiotic for your dog. Make sure to read the labels to ensure probiotics are included; skip brands that aren’t fat and sugar free. Want to make it even sweeter? Try feeding it to them frozen!
Always consult your veterinarian before introducing new foods to your pet.