If you have been searching the web for information on what healthy treats to give to your dogs, you have come to the right place.
Note: Cats are obligate carnivores it is vital they are fed a meat diet as their bodies cannot produce taurine, an essential nutritional requirement found in meat.
A high balanced dog kibble diet is advisable. Examples; Hills Science plan, Royal canine, James well-beloved, Nutts Ambassador.
These are the brands of food that we stock in our practice.
What healthy human food can you give to your dog, that wont cause harm or make them gain weight.
- Carrots – Filled with vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin A, high antioxidants. Aids digestion and helps maintain healthy skin. They are also low in calories.
- Green beans – High in fiber with a good source of protein. They also act as an easy source for acquiring vitamins like A, C, K, B6, and folic acid. Full of minerals, including; calcium, silicon, iron, manganese, potassium, and copper.
- Peas – Full of vitamins especial vitamin B1,B2 & B6, vitamin K and Vitamin C, magnesium, copper, iron, zinc and potassium. Good antioxidant and good for their immune system, its low in calories so great to fed on weight loss programs.
- Broccoli – High in fibre filled with vitamins, folate acid good for memory, manganese and low calories.
- Sweet potatoes (cooked) – Good carbohydrates promoting healthy digestive system and heart. Take into consideration weight gain is possible, so remember to minus out from their daily intake in their kibble.
- Bananas – Rich in potassium, manganese, fibre, biotin, copper, vitamin C and B6. They are low in sodium and cholesterol, due to the sugar content, please don’t over feed, only as a small treat.
- Blueberries & strawberries – High in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and fibre. Give small amounts in moderation.
- Pineapple – Full of vitamins and minerals, give small amounts only as a treat, don’t give pineapple skin!
- Plain, nonfat, low calorie, no artificial sweetener yogurt (strawberry, blueberry, vanilla flavour) as a rare treat.
- Coconut oil (organic, virgin, cold pressed ) – Full of vitamins and minerals, great for skin and coat, improves digestion, and reduce allergic reactions. High fat content, too much can result in diarrhoea, and avoid in dogs with pancreatitis or that take allergic reactions to coconut. It can be used as a base for baking dog treats, or given as a treat or for covering medication. Turmeric mixed with coconut oil is a optimum snack. When using Turmeric make sure you know how to bake it correctly, check out golden paste. Turmeric works as an anti-inflammatory. Please Note: Turmeric may interact with some conditions and medications. Always check with your veterinarian.
Good quality commercial dog foods contains the right amount for their daily intake, but nutritional low calorie healthy treats are a good way to add into their meal, making feeding time a bit more fun, full of tasty greens. Instead of giving tip bits from your own dinner or treats full of calories! These can cause weight gain and potentially other health issues!
Be sensible in how much to feed these healthy treats to your dogs, change it about each day.
Also a great bowl to feed your dog from is a slow feeder bowlor even better a wobbler food ball. This means they aren’t gulping their dog food, especially big dogs, which can cause bloat or known as gastric dilation volvulus (GDV), and also help keep them mentally active.
Please seek advise if you aren’t sure what foods to feed, and if in any doubt that they have eaten something potentially poisonous, contact us asap.
Note these are only guides, every dog is different.