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Facts About Dog Treats


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Facts About Dog Treats

  1. 1. ==== ====Natural dog traing treats that your pet will love ====Now more than ever people are concerned about the type of food they give their dogs. Dogs havedefinitely become part of the family and as such most people want to feed them food that ishealthy. The same goes for dog treats. Most of us give our dogs treats for one reason a reward for good behavior, for training purposes, or just because we love them! Formany years the old fashioned milk bone was the treat of choice for most dog owners. Nowadaysthough there is much more variety when it comes to choosing treats. You can now find gourmetdog treats that are delicious as well as healthy with ingredients that are good for your dog. Thesehealthy treats will most likely cost you more than the cheaper, less healthy treats. But, it candefinitely save you money in the long term. If you feed your dog healthy food and treats, they aremore likely to have less health problems and therefore you will have less vet bills. It is really notthat much different than with people. The food we put into our bodies plays a major role in ourhealth. Why wouldnt it be the same for our dogs?Confusion can set in though with the large variety of gourmet dog treats to choose from on themarket today. So how do you choose a good dog treat? How do you know which are thehealthiest? Here are some tips for choosing a healthy dog treat.1. Look at the Ingredients: This is probably the most important thing you can do. Dont think youcan ignore the ingredients just because its "only a treat". Treats play a significant part in mostdogs diets. You want to look for all natural or organic dog treats. They should be made withnatural or organic ingredients. Look for treats made with whole grains such as oats or brown riceand single source proteins like chicken or beef. The first few ingredients are the most importantand make up the bulk of the treat. Make sure its not sugar or fat which are not good for your dog.Watch out for the word "by-product", such as chicken by-product. A by-product is basically a partof the animal that is not fit for human consumption. But these are often seen in many dog foodsand treats. If by-products are not good for you they are most likely not good for your dog!In addition to a single source protein and whole grains, look for treats that have oxidant richvegetables such as spinach, beans or kelp. Vegetables in general are great for your dog. You caneven find treats for the vegetarian dog! Other ingredients to look for are Omega 3 for healthy skinand coat and vitamins A and E for healthy eyes and skin.2. Calorie Count: Make sure you look at the calories of the treat. An overweight dog is anunhealthy dog and you will end up paying more in vet bills later on if you indulge your dog withfatty treats. Luckily, most healthy dog treats take calorie count into consideration and thereforemost are low in fat and calories.3. Texture: This might not seem very important, and indeed ingredients and calorie count are moresignificant when it comes to choosing a healthy or organic dog treat. But texture is worth
  2. 2. mentioning. A more firm or hard treat is much better for your dogs dental health than a soft treat.When dogs chew on a hard treat they are also reducing the plaque build up around their teeth.This being said though, the older or senior dog may have a more difficult time with hard treats. Ifthat is the case with your dog, a softer healthy dog treat is the way to go.No matter what treats you end up giving your dog, the most important thing to consider is theingredients. Its worth repeating here. Make sure the treats are made with natural or organicingredients and have no by-products. If you want to steer clear of treats that contain meat, thereare some wonderful peanut butter dog treats as well as fish or vegetable dog treats to choosefrom. A good tip is to look for bite sized treats that are low in calories and made with naturalingredients. Your dogs health will benefit in the long run if he eats healthy, wholesome dog treats.==== ====Natural dog traing treats that your pet will love ====