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Monday, 4 March 2013

Choosing Healthy and All-Natural Dog Treats.

Are you giving your dog an all-natural dog treat? It makes a huge difference in terms of nutritious value between dog treats that contain all-natural ingredients and ones that contain harmful and synthetic ingredients. We always want to shower our pets we so much love and what better way to prove it than with a yummy and all-natural treat. It’s good to appreciate your dog. However, you may want to think twice about the treats you’re giving. Snacks containing high amounts of calories can make your dog obese and fatigued. Though it’s surprising, the best dog treats are made from the same kinds of ingredients that are good for us humans. Like our canine friends, we need foods that contain high amount of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, and other important nutrients. 


We should learn how to select healthy and all-natural dog treats. Always take time to read labels and identify ingredients that may harm your dog’s health. A lot of dog owners have become aware of the importance of giving their dogs with high-quality and natural diets. However, there are still some people who still give dog treats that are filled with additives, chemicals, and other ingredients that may harm a dog’s health.  

Why do we need to make sure that our dogs are given high quality dog treats when we only give small amounts of these treats? True enough, we only give dog treats in smaller portions but compared to humans, dogs have much smaller bodies and organs. Therefore, even a small amount of toxins and chemicals can harm a dog’s systems. Therefore, it is important to make sure that dogs are given only all-natural dog treats.


Though a lot of dog treat products are made of high-quality ingredients, it is important to take note of some ingredients to avoid. Since dogs can’t choose their food, it is our job as dog parents to choose the best for them. But many whether we like it or not many dog owners tend to buy a product that’s appealing to the eyes. One of the problems is that we are not 100% sure if these products are indeed safe for our dogs. Thus, it is important to read labels before putting a bag of treat in your shopping cart.


When shopping for dog treats, avoid those that contain high amount of sugar, cheap cereal grains, glutens, meat by-products, artificial flavors and colors, and chemical preservatives.

There are many kinds of treats to choose from. You would know it is best for your dog depending on a few things like your dog’s age, physical or activity level, dental health, and other health issues like joint problems, allergies, or blood sugar disorders. Dogs like variety in their diet and it also keep them from getting bored. Thus, get different types of dog treats and mix them. And also, rotating the sources of protein and ingredients can help in the prevention of food sensitivities. Always remember not to allow dog treats to make up more than ten to twenty percent of your dog’s calorie intake daily.   


 About the Author: 

Jihan Cuevas is mom to two wonderful kids, Gabriel and Jacob. She also blogs at http://www.dogfond.com/. She loves to travel and spend time at the beach with her kids and dogs.


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