Sunday, June 22, 2014

HEALTHY DOG TREATS YOU ALREADY HAVE IN YOUR KITCHEN

We love to give our dogs special treats as a token of our love & affection, as a reward during training sessions, or maybe just because we're snacking in front of the TV and we want to share the fun!  For the most part, we've had two options; purchase expensive packaged dog treats or give our dog table food as treats.  But there is another option, right in the kitchen waiting to be discovered.

My Canine Crudites Platter filled with dog friendly snacks!

Healthy dog treats from your kitchen

Packaged dog treats from a pet store can get expensive.  In addition, they usually contain ingredients we may not want our dogs to have too much of, and some ingredients that sound downright scary.  Things like Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, phosphoric acid, sugar, salt, and starch are all things most of us don't want our dogs to eat.  Even so called healthy dog treats may contain ingredients like these.


Human Foods That Are Toxic To Dogs


Most table food is unhealthy at best and some can actually be toxic to dogs.  Chocolate tops the list of foods that are harmful to dogs.  Others include onion, garlic, grapes & raisins, macadamia nuts and alcohol.  Even if you are conscientious about not feeding your dog these foods directly, prepared foods may contain them.  Sauces, gravies, marinaded meats, dips, cookies, chips, muffins, and other dishes may contain ingredients that are harmful to dogs.

If you want to give your dog healthy treats without having to cook or bake them, just look in your kitchen pantry.  Most people already have on hand a myriad of healthy snacks their dogs would love.  Not only are these foods safe and healthy, but most dogs love them!  Step into your kitchen now, I bet you have several of these healthy treats already.  Your dog might even prefer these healthy snacks to some of those expensive treats you've been buying!


DOG FRIENDLY TREATS YOU PROBABLY HAVE IN YOUR KITCHEN


* Carrots
* Bananas
* Apples
* Sweet Potato
* Pumpkin
* Peas
* Pineapple
* Broccoli
* Organic applesauce
* Organic Peanut Butter
* Nonfat Yogurt
* Hard boiled eggs

Icy and Phoebe love boiled eggs, sweet potato and pumpkin.  I sometimes mix it with their dry dog food when Icy is being particularly finicky.  They'll both gobble up anything mixed with eggs, sweet potato or pumpkin!  Any of the above veggies or fruit with a drop of peanut butter or applesauce will make them do cartwheels!  When I have guests over, I prepare what I call my Canine Crudites Platter, pictured above.  This discourages guests from giving my dogs table food - you know how guests just love to feed our pets during parties!


Apples are one of the Healthy Dog Treats you probably have in your kitchen
Apples are one of the healthy treats Icy and Phoebe love!
These are healthy dog treats I always feel good about giving Icy and Phoebe.  They're inexpensive, super healthy and really easy.  No trip to the store needed and no baking.  Bon Appetit!

What healthy treats make your pets do cartwheels?  Post a comment, I'd love to hear from you!

15 comments:

  1. Love the idea of making this canine crudites! :) Nailah is a huge fan of carrots so I think she'd really dig this.

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    1. Carrots are a big favorite with a lot of dogs. I hope she enjoys the canine crudités. Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. My dogs like most of all those foods you listed! I'm seriously thinking about getting a dehydrator so I can dry different fruits for them and make jerky.

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    1. That's an awesome idea, Lisa. Dogs love jerky! The fruit will last longer that way too. Thanks for visiting the blog!

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  3. Also low in calories! Their little treat platter looks yummy! Shiner likes bananas, apples, sweet potatoes and eggs.

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    1. Yes, definitely great for preventing weight gain that can come with packaged treats. Sounds like a Canine Crudite Platter is in Shiner's future! Those 4 things would be great together, Isis and phoebe love them too.

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  4. Our dogs do not like raw vegetables. They like them cooked but won't touch raw. They do love hard boiled eggs, bananas and apples with some peanut butter on them though. The Canine Crudite Platter is a great idea but we would have to adjust it a bit for my two :)

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    1. Interesting, nothing raw, huh? You would probably have to boil or steam the veggies. Either way, still healthy! Thanks for stopping by Stacey!

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  5. Healthy Indeed! Happy Tasty Tuesday. Golden Woofs

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    1. Happy tasty Tuesday to you too, Sugar! Thanks for visiting us today.

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  6. Oh my dog - my babies love eggs. And I have plenty of those. Thanks for the reminder!
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    1. I'm learning that SO many dogs love eggs! I guess it's a throwback to their wild ancestry of wolves - wolves commonly raid nests and eat the eggs. Thanks for visiting, Flea!

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