Want to make the best healthy dog treats yourself? If you spend time on the internet researching the topic of dog treats, you'll quickly become overwhelmed! Some of these recipes might produce tasty dog treats that smell good to your dog, but are they really healthy for your domestic carnivore?
I have spent a lot of time researching recipes for healthy dog treats.
I wasn't able to find many that are really healthy. Frankly,
dogs don't care if dog snacks are healthy, or not. It's all food to
them, but I care. Do you care?
Call me crazy, but what would be the point of feeding your dog the best dog food you can afford, and then spoiling that by giving him dog treats that have the potential to cause dog health problems and contain ingredients such as...
Dog treats must be considered part of your dog's diet because they are an additional source of calories. Are you giving dog snacks because it makes YOU feel good? Are you really thinking about your dog? Have you considered the possible ill effect all those treats may be having on the health of your dog?
So, ask yourself...why am I giving my dog treats? Have you ever asked yourself that question? Your dog needs a treat because...
Now, don't get me wrong, I love my dogs too, but what's more important? The way YOU feel, or the health of your dog? Is it all about YOU, or is it about doing the right thing for your dog? Dog treats add extra calories to your dog's daily intake.
More often than not, dog treats are made with poor ingredients that lack nutrient value. That's a double whammy! Extra calories and very few nutrients. If you have an overweight dog, or one who has health problems, you might want to stop for a moment and think about what I'm saying.
Here are some ideas for how to upgrade the food quality of the treats you give your dog to increase nutrients and keep calories low.
There is very likely a grocery store not too far from your home, right? At the grocery store you can easily find these perfect, healthy dog treat ingredients. Simple whole foods which are very economical. Even if you are a kibble feeder, you can add some of these healthy dog treats into your dog's daily food intake without fear. They are...
Chicken gizzards ~ fresh, frozen, dehydrated
Sardines ~ canned or fresh
Chicken hearts ~ fresh, frozen, dehydrated
Beef heart ~ sliced fresh, diced, frozen, dehydrated
Dehydrated chicken gizzards
dehydrated chicken hearts
Beef tongue ~ sliced fresh, diced, frozen, dehydrated
If you are lucky enough to own a high quality food dehydrator like I do, the sky's the limit. You can make doggie treats for your beloved dog, using meat and organs meats easily found at the grocery store. You can provide your dog with healthy snacks that are nutrient rich and carnivore specific. Dehydrated meats and organ meats have a great crunch too. Dogs love the crunch, and that's good for teeth too.
Dog treats should be given on special occasions only and not all the time, as a matter of habit. Give treats infrequently and only for a specific reason when your dog has been very, very good.
These are only a few great ideas for healthy dog treats you can prepare at home. They are real food, remember that!
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