Dogs are man’s best friend, they are easily a strong member of the family. Most dog owners are giving their dogs treats from a package. Homemade dog treats are actually a healthier alternative to packaged treats.
We spend a lot of time looking at packaging and labels and we try to be health conscious about what we put in our bodies, why not be conscious about what your giving your furry friends?
What are the Health Benefits of Homemade Dog Treats?
Many dog treat companies use chemicals such as BHA, BHT, Sodium Metabisulfite and TBHQ. This are all ingredients that contain known carcinogens and have been proven to cause loss of consciousness, kidney problems, brain damage, and asthma.
Homemade treats are made with ingredients that contain less fat and even fewer chemical additives. This helps improve their heart function and it combats obesity. Homemade dog treats are made with your own ingredients that are not only helping internally, but externally as well.
Most homemade treats can include simple ingredients that enhance your dog’s coat and help control tartar build up on their teeth. These treats are healthier, and they are inexpensive to make! Most dog treats cost a small fortune (especially if you are getting the healthier brands).
Baking treats at your house is an inexpensive option. You can buy ingredients in bulk or you can look at the ingredients you already have in your pantry. You will be surprised at how much your dog will enjoy homemade treats over packaged treats!
What are some Healthy Treat Ingredients?
Now that you are aware of how many toxic chemicals are processed into treats it’s a good idea to know what to put in your treats!
Pumpkin: Pumpkin is very healthy, and it is full of healthy antioxidants and vitamins. Vitamin C and E are known to help with eye conditions such as cataracts and other problems relating to the heart. This is a good food to help aid in the digestion process and it tends to be soft on the stomach if your dog is sensitive to foods.
Peanut Butter: Most dogs adore peanut butter! It is a healthy snack that is also beneficial to their health. Peanut butter is full of healthy fats, protein, vitamin B and E, and niacin. Make sure that you are using unsalted raw peanut butter!
Yogurt: This is a delicious way to add a little extra calcium and protein to your dog’s diet, it contains bacteria that acts as a probiotic.
Cinnamon: This is a great flavor addition to any homemade treats. Cinnamon has anti-inflammatory properties and it helps regulate blood sugar. This is especially great for dogs with arthritis/joint problems and diabetes.
Eggs: Eggs are a great protein source and they contain boflavin, which adds its own natural flavor to the treats.
Oatmeal: Oatmeal is great for dogs who have a sensitive digestive tract! It provides dogs with a fiber and it is a great alternative grain for dogs with grain sensitivities.
Salmon: Salmon is one of the best fish for pups! It is full of Omega 3 Fatty Acids which help support the immune system and aid in a growing and keeping a healthy coat!