5 Healthy Treats For Your Dog

Whether you’ve just purchased a puppy or have a furry friend who has been part of the family for years, one of your main concerns is likely feeding your pet healthy meals. While you may have found nutritious dog food for your pet’s meals, you may still be wondering which snacks are healthiest. Here are six treats that are rich in vitamins and nutrients that you can feel comfortable feeding your dog.

1. Cabbage

This vegetable is inexpensive and healthy for the entire family. Cabbage also has the ability to fight cancer. The next time your dog needs a little treat in between meals, steam a little cabbage for him/her, or add it to their dinner. Be sure not to feed your dog too much at one time. Excessive cabbage has the same effect on dogs as it does on humans—indigestion and gas.

2. Brown Rice

Brown rice isn’t exactly the tastiest treat. However, it can help your dog feel better if your furry friend has an upset stomach. Brown rice is also a good source of protein and fiber, so it doesn’t hurt to give your dog a few spoons of rice in between meals. Brown rice is also naturally gluten free, which is perfect for dogs.

3. Frozen Sardines

Sardines are rich in proteins and fatty acids, which are essential for your dog’s brain and bone health. Since the fish are so small, your dog can easily eat them whole. Just put a few in a bag and store them in the freezer if your pooch gets a little hungry in between meals.

4. Pumpkin

Pumpkin has a rich taste that is slightly sweet. These veggies are filled with beta carotene, and are also a great source of zinc and iron for your dog. Since pumpkin is low in fat but high in fiber, it can also help your dog lose weight, since it staves off hunger in between meals. The beta carotene in pumpkin can also contribute to your dog’s eye health. You can roast pumpkin and cut it into chunks for your dog to eat, or puree it and add it to your dog’s food.

5. Red Bell Peppers

These peppers have a sweet taste to them and are a crunchy treat that dogs enjoy. Bell peppers are also a refreshing source of vitamin C, and you can feed them to your pet fresh or frozen. Just slice them in strips and store them in a bag so you’ll have them on hand the next time your pet needs a snack.

These healthy ingredients will likely fit into your grocery budget, since you can buy all of these foods to make for the other members of your family. You can also combine these foods to make unique treats for your dog. For instance, combining pumpkin with brown rice and finely chopped or pureed red pepper is a healthy treat that will give your dog more energy, a shinier coat and improved vision. Or, you can chop sardines and bell peppers together for a savory treat that your dog can eat as either a meal or a snack.

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By Shondell Varcianna

April 29, 2016