Dogs, our furry four-legged friends are more than just pets. These over-enthusiastic individuals are those babies who would never grow up. And that’s why, we need to take extra care of what we feed them. Especially when it comes to treats as those calories go unaccounted for and often, we neglect reading the labels.
An ideal dog treat should be:
Nutritious and free from corn, wheat, and soy
Low-caloried and less processed
Made from safe identifiable ingredients – be they plant- or meat-based
Free from preservatives and artificial products (flavors, colors, aromas, etc.)
Approved by doggos
Other than that, it should be affordable, easy to find, convenient to consume, and hypo-allergenic. Now, that sounds like a tough job! So, dear dog-parent, to make it easier for you, we’ve curated a list of treats that are nutritious, free of preservatives and artificial products, made of safe identifiable ingredients and of course, dog-approved. Come, look!
(Non-veg) Treats for training: ZiwiPeak Venison Treats
ZiwiPeak Treats are bite-sized, semi-moist with a tougher texture – a great choice for dogs who love to chew, especially during training as they are easy to break into smaller pieces. Although a bit expensive, ZiwiPeak treats don’t have any added salts and true to its name, contain 98% whole venison that is grass-fed and sourced sustainably. That’s some high-quality, healthy meat treats for your jerky-loving dog.
(Veg) Treats for training: Zuke’s Mini Naturals Fresh Peanut Butter Formula Dog Treats
As these are meant for training, they are bite-sized, semi-moist and low-caloried. Just 3 calories per bite! Compared to other treats, these will keep your dog going for without hitting the 10% daily calorie limit for treats. This also makes it safe for senior dogs if weight gain is a concern.
Compared to the previous meat-based, it is relatively easier on the pocket and as high quality as they were. That’s quite a feat considering this is a vegetarian dog treat.
Treats for teeth: Greenies Petite Natural Dental Dog Treats
Most dog parents are overly concerned about their pets’ dental health, which is where Greenies comes into the picture. It is recommended by vets for easy home-based oral care. Just one treat a day will do the trick and keep your dog’s teeth clean and fresh. It’s chewy texture and great taste ensures that the dog looks forward to having Greenies.
Treats for special days: Nacho Dog Treats
Baking a cake that your dog can eat on its birthday, is difficult. More difficult are the days when you’re catching up on a series with nachos and your dog wants to be more than a spectator. You can’t share your nachos, but you can’t also bear your dog’s “puppy-face”. Nacho Dog Treats were made for that occasion. They are low-caloried, healthy and chewy which keep the dog engaged for a longer time making sure that calories don’t pile up.
Treats for senior dogs: American Kennel Club Hip & Joint Chicken Soft Chew Supplements
Taking care of an aging dog isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Making sure they make the best use of their remaining years and enjoy them without falling sick is a huge task. Therefore, their treats formula must contain ingredients like glucosamine, Organic Turmeric, and MSM additionally for helping with hip and joint issues.
American Kennel Club Hip & Joint Chicken Soft Chew Supplements contain all the healthy ingredients for aging dogs, are easy on their gums and suitable for dogs of all breeds.
We hope that this list helps you find your way from cluttered aisles of pet foods and treats and helps you make healthier choices for your dog-child. Don’t forget to tell us what you like to feed your dog and how you made that choice. Your tips might help other dog parents.