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Just like the rest of your family, your dog no doubt appreciates healthy treats. These are a few yummy possibilities.
Apples are the perfect healthy treat for your dog. Most dogs can’t get enough of the sweet taste of fresh apples. Apples are also a great source of vitamins and nutrients, including calcium, vitamin C and vitamin K.
Remove the core and cut the apple into slices before you give it to your dog. Apple seeds and stems contain cyanogenic glycosides, which cause hydrogen cyanide to be released when chewed. Also, slicing the apple beforehand makes it easier for your dog to eat without the possibility of choking.
Pumpkin is another popular choice when it comes to healthy dog treats. Every pumpkin contains vitamin A and beta-carotene, which helps dogs stay healthy and strong. Vitamin A is especially important to young dogs. Why? It helps to maintain a healthy growth rate.
Pumpkin is also a source of other nutrients, including fiber, iron, potassium and zinc. If you feed your dog fresh pumpkin, it’s best to bake it first to soften it. Another option is canned, unsweetened pumpkin purée.
Carrots are also a great source of beta-carotene, making them another snack that’s great for younger dogs. Cook them, mash them and mix them into dry dog food, to add a healthy twist to your dog’s usual dinner.
Or, cut them into smaller pieces and take them with you on trips for a healthy treat on the go. Baby carrots are perfect for this, because they’re already a size that’s easy for most dogs to manage.
Being a bit bland, brown rice may not seem like something your dog would be excited to eat. But, rice is a healthy source of energy, making it another great addition to their usual mealtime routine. It’s also very gentle on your dog’s stomach. So, it’s ideal for when he’s experiencing tummy trouble.