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Healthy Guide: Which Dog Treats Are Safe and Which Are Not?

Like buying sweets for kids, we sometimes think snacks that are specially packed are the best treats available. On top of that, what harm can a tasty treat do anyway?  

What many pet owners don’t realize is that these tasty-looking treats are like pieces of candy. While they aren’t harmful in small quantities, they provide no nutritional value either.

Just as we tell our kids to eat fruits and vegetables instead of sweets, we also need to foster  a love of healthy treats in our pets.  Low fat, low calorie, vitamin and mineral-packed “treats” certainly are great choices compared to those  packaged kitty chews and dog biscuits.

Some people love to lavish their pups and older canines with treats. As a rule of thumb, treats should only make up 10% of your pet’s daily calorie intake.  Below is a list of healthy treats to guide you so  that you know what goes well with most pets and also what to avoid.

Apples

Salmon

Broccoli

Blueberries

Strawberries

Watermelons

Cantaloupes

Frozen bananas

Pumpkins

Green beans

Carrots

Sweet potatoes

Squashes, zucchinis

Lettuce

Catnip or cat grass

Popcorn

Spinach

Chocolates

Grapes and raisins

Garlic and onions

Tomatoes

Avocados

Mushrooms

Fruits with pits, such as peaches, cherries, and plums

Nuts

Another key for maintaining your pet's ideal level of health is to let them drink plenty of water. Waters helps digestion and washes away natural and unnatural substances.

Bear in mind though that no two dogs are the same, so try these types of food in small amounts. If your dog has a reaction to any specific type of food, seek advice from a veterinarian.

Keep your pets happy, healthy, & safe.

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