There are a lot of dog treats on the market today. Depending on what store you go to, there may be countless different brands, names, and sizes. So…How do you know which ones are Healthy? Do you go by the delicious description, or scrumptious picture on the package? Wow…My pup would LOVE these. That’s the “tempting” way to choose treats for our pups, but, our pups can’t choose whether to eat healthy or not…It’s up to us to choose for them.
If you buy your doggie treats with organic ingredients. That’s all the better! They are less likely to be altered or contaminated if they are organic, and the organic ingredients always receive a more in depth analysis from the inspectors.
Visit our FRIENDS (owner Kim Stites) with Give, Treat, Love. They are more than just another dog treat company. Give, Treat, Love makes a treat that was healthy for your companion animal, good for the environment and gives back to homeless dogs. FOR EVERY FIVE BAGS OF TREATS PURCHASED, they DONATE ONE BAG OF TREATS TO DOGS IN SHELTERS.
Healthy Dog Treats without the Extra Calories:
We all love to see our pups wag their tail in excitement. Roll over, give us paw, sit, lay down. Do all the tricks. Just to get that treat. To our pups that treat is a special sense of approval from us.
But then there are the calories that go with them. One treat turns into rolling over again with that adorable, irresistible look, and another treat, and more calories. Have you ever had your vet tell you your dog needs to lose weight?
As a rule, treats and snacks should only make up 10% of a dogs daily calorie intake. That’s not to say you can’t give them treats. Giving our dogs treats is a way of bonding. Try fruits and veggies. Most dogs are not the picky eaters that some humans are. It’s the idea of you giving them a treat that matters to them…
Try a baby carrot, a green bean, or maybe even a piece of broccoli, or fruit. How about a slice of banana, watermelon, berries, or apples? Avoid grapes, raisins, onions, chocolate, and anything with caffeine.
Don't forget- Quality dog walks can be scheduled with Lucky Dog VA as part of your healthy choices for your dog!
Want to try a new recipe?
Peanut Butter Dog Treats
· 2 cups whole wheat flour
· 3/4 cup toasted wheat germ
· 1/4 cup brewer’s yeast
· 1/3 cup natural chunky peanut butter
· 1 large egg
· 3/4 cup low sodium chicken broth
· 3 tablespoons canola oil
How to Make It
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a large shallow baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Combine the flour, wheat germ and brewer’s yeast in a medium bowl. Whisk together the peanut butter, egg, broth and oil in a separate bowl. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir with a spoon or rubber spatula until a rough dough forms. Knead the dough in the bowl 5-6 times until it comes together.
3. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and roll to a 1/4-inch thickness. Cut out treats and transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Press all the scraps together, kneading once or twice, then roll out to 1/4-inch thickness and cut out more treats; repeat if necessary.
4. Bake treats until lightly browned and fairly hard, rotating the pans from top to bottom once, about 30-35 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool completely; biscuits will harden as they cool. Store in an airtight container.