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10 Simple, All-Natural Dog Treats

It’s obvious that all dogs like treats. But have you ever thought about what your pet’s choice snack contains? Some dog treats have preservatives that may harm your dog’s health (such as BHT, HA, TBHQ, Propyl Gallate, and Ethoxyquin). These extra ingredients may trigger dog allergies, lead to annoying coat and skin problems, and even be much more detrimental than beneficial.

The following are ten 100% natural, healthy treats you can feed your dog, rather than feed him store-bought snacks.

Cabbage

A cruciferous vegetable, cabbage helps to fight cancer. Try to steam some cabbage and include it in your dog’s dinner–however, add just a little so you don’t cause flatulence or upset his stomach. Too much cabbage can cause gas.

Frozen sardines

These small fish contain lots of omega oils and are tasty. You can feed them whole since they’re very small. Freeze them for a crunchy, cool little treat.

Pumpkin

Not many things are as tasty as cooked pumpkin. Add pumpkin to your pet’s diet for a healthy amount of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, omega fatty acids, fiber, and riboflavin. But be sure to feed him steamed or roasted pumpkin because pumpkin pie is high in harmful refined sugar and preservatives.

Quinoa

This ancient grain is perfect for dogs that are sensitive to grain and is good for settling an upset stomach, just like brown rice.

Apples

Many dogs like tasty, crispy apple slices. This is great because apples contain vitamin C, vitamin K, pectin (solution fiber), and calcium. However, remove the seeds and core as they contain harmful substances known as cyanogenic glycosides.

Carrots

Pack 1-2 baby carrots for a perfect dog treat while you’re on the move. Or you can cook the carrots and mash them into your pooch’s dinner for a tasty, healthy addition. You can also freeze a few baby carrots to get a sweet, cool treat that will clean your pet’s teeth naturally. There are lots of options.

Cheese

Most dogs really love cheese, which makes it an ideal reward for training. But check the calories and bear in mind that unripe softer cheeses are very likely to trigger stomach upsets.

Dehydrated apricots

Dry apricots are a tasty, healthy treat ideal for indulging your pet’s sweet tooth. Mind the portion size though. Dried apricots have all the nutrients contained in fresh ones but don’t have water, so only feed bits to prevent stomach upsets.

Watermelon

Watermelon contains a lot of lycopene, an antioxidant that maintains healthy eyes and helps to fight cancer as well.

Sweet potato

Sweet potatoes are nutritious and tasty. They contain B vitamins, vitamin C, niacin, magnesium, and potassium. You can serve your dog dry sweet potato treats, or steam them and add to your his supper.
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