What do most of us look for in dog treats? Treats that are healthy. And due to allergies, some pet parents look for treats that are wheat, corn and soy free. With that in mind, a good place to start is with the label or perhaps making healthy dog treats rather than buying them makes the most sense for your dog. There are a lot of ingredients to steer clear of like sugar and artificial colors.And don’t be intimidated by labels as there are key items to look out for (some items to avoid altogether):
5 things to look for on the label
- Items that are just simply not good for dogs including artificial colors, sugar, flavors, and preservatives
- Lower-quality ingredients like meat by-products
- Avoid anything with salt, syrups, and molasses
- Pet parents that have dogs with allergies should avoid wheat, soy, and corn. There is typically a grain free section in most pet stores or simply ask the staff.
- Look for these ingredients: whole meats, grains, fruits, and vegetables
Don’t forget about veggies and fruits like banana slices and carrots as both are great snacks and low in calories (be careful of anything toxic to animals).Look for treats that have extra ingredients like Omega fatty acids! These enrichment ingredients are a good reason to add some brands to your shopping basket.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkoJQ67Wa0cParker did some taste testing at the store this week. He frequently helps us decide what makes a great treat! With all this in mind, perhaps making treats yourself is the best option for your dogs and you can avoid having to look at labels (under a microscope) altogether.
Five Homemade DIY Healthy Dog Treats
Animal expert, Dr. Dobias has some great tips for choosing healthy dog treats. “Dehydrated, baked or cooked pieces of organic meats are great,” explains Dr. Dobias and he suggests looking for recipes that you know your dogs will like. We found a handful on Pinterest that are healthy and made with practical ingredients that can be found just about anywhere.Fave DIY Homemade Recipes:
- Apple Sweet Potato Bread
- Homemade Carrot Dog Treats
- Homemade Blueberry Frozen Treats
- Apple Slices in Chicken Broth
- Apple Cinnamon Donuts
These are a handful of recipes that meet our criteria for healthy dog treats that are simple to make. As we head towards the holidays, it’s nice to make treats for your dogs and perhaps “guest” dogs coming over to stay. Please ask our staff if you have any questions about the treats we sell at the store. They would be happy to talk you through labels or simply the treats they really like for their pets. And you can always ask Parker!