The Health Boosting Treats Dogs Go Crazy For

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Nutrition is one of the most important factors in keeping your dog at its healthiest.

Whether your pet’s diet is keeping illnesses at bay, providing energy or nurturing your dog, having a healthy diet is of utmost importance.

Food should not only be nutritious, it should also be something that your pet looks forward to and actually eats. Providing food that is unprocessed and rid of pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, artificial preservatives, genetically engineered ingredients and artificial ingredients is a good start.

Dogs are like children, so why not feed them like you would a child?

All dog lovers know that feeding your dog too much ‘people food’ can make your dog ill and overweight. With that in mind, there are some foods however, which can be added as a treat (in moderation) to your dog’s diet to provide that extra nutritional boost.

Here are some health boosting treats that your dog will go crazy for…

1. Yoghurt

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Yoghurt is an amazing source of calcium and protein. When choosing yoghurt for both you and your dog, make sure that you pick one that is rich in live bacteria with no sugar or additional sweeteners.

Having yoghurt with live bacteria is a great way to get probiotics into your pooch, helping their guts work at an optimal level. If you have an overweight dog, find a fat-free version, however make sure that it does not contains other fat substitutes such as Simplesse or Olestra. On a hot summers day, why not freeze the yoghurt and serve to you pup as a nice, healthy treat to cool down?

2. Salmon 

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Salmon is quite a fatty and oily fish, which is known for its amazing source of omega-3 fatty acids.

These fatty acids help to support the immune system and can extremely beneficial for your dog’s skin and coat. Omega-3 fatty acids also help to reduce inflammation from conditions such as allergies, inflammatory bowel disease and even help with arthritis.

Omega-3 fatty acids also help to support dogs that are suffering with high blood pressure, kidney disease, heart disease and even cancer. You can either give your dog fresh salmon or supplement with fish oil, however if you choose fresh, then make sure it is well cooked as raw salmon can carry a parasite that can make your dog sick.

3. Pumpkin 

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When we think of pumpkin, we usually think about Halloween. However, pumpkin can be extremely beneficial to dogs.

Not only is pumpkin a really good source of fibre, it is also packed full of beta-carotene, which is a source of Vitamin A.  The fibre in pumpkin is great for keeping your dog’s bowels moving and we all know that a constantly moving bowel is great for overall gut health.

If your dog is suffering with itchy skin and a dull coat, then this is a sure sign that your dog may need a boost of vitamin A. Vitamin A is the tissue builder within the body and acts like motor oil for the kidneys, liver and lungs, ensuring that they work to their optimum levels.

Vitamin A helps to ward off diseases such as hepatitis and pneumonia. Adding vitamin A to your dogs diet will also help to treat and prevent liver disease.

4. Apples

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Apples can be a delicious and healthy treat for your dog. Apple skin is full of phytonutrients (plant chemicals) that have been thought to be protective against certain types of cancers. Apples are a great source of Vitamin A and C as well as providing a large amount of fibre to keep your dog’s gut healthy. However, you should never feed your dog a whole apple as the seeds inside contain cyanide, which is extremely toxic to dogs. Whilst a couple of seeds will unlikely cause harm, it is the accumulative effect of a few seeds here and a few seeds there, which can build up in the system and can cause issues if consumed regularly.

5. Kangaroo Meat

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Kangaroo meat is becoming more and more popular amongst dog owners.

Not only does kangaroo meat provide an amazing flavour for your dog, it will also surprise you to know that it is really nutritious and full of health boosting benefits for your pet pooch.

Here at Pet Snacks, we sell unprocessed and organic wild meat based treats, meaning that the meat does not go through processing or farming. Kangaroo meat is also highly regulated meaning that only top quality meat is used in both people and dog food.

It is by far the healthier alternative to the standard processed meat that you buy in a supermarket. You can either have kangaroo meat as the main part of your dogs diet or you can use it as a healthy snack.

Our kangaroo treats that are not only great for your dogs health, but also help to keep your dog’s teeth in tiptop shape as well as relieve boredom and help to reduce the effects of allergies. Why not try them out today?

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