For inexpensive and definitely more healthy dog treats, try feeding your dog broccoli and carrot slices. My dog absolutely loves them! He thinks that he is a real good dog when he gets these. He also enjoys bananas, apple slices, and peach slices. They're a lot better than store bought treats.
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For the past six days, I have been nursing a dog back to health, and I'm still not quite certain that she will make it. Our vet's prognosis is that she was getting brand name treats that have too much fat in them, and it's all unregulated by the government.
I buy my dog soup marrow bones at the grocery store. They should be large enough so you dog won't choke on them. Also, they should not have small pieces they can break off (also a choking hazard).
A healthy alternative to expensive dog treats are vegetable and fruit. Dogs love chewing on fresh carrots. Canned green beans or canned carrots are also healthy and good for them with no fillers.
My tip for pets is to feed them your vegetable scraps. My dogs personally love all kinds of things I would never dream of from carrots, to lettuce and apples just to name a few. A few words of caution, don't feed them onions, garlic, or chocolate. They are not good for them.
I would expect my vet to be pretty strict when it comes to treats and scraps for the dogs. But to my surprise, he said that you "should" share from the table once in a while!
What to give your dog to occupy them, while your a way from home. Go to the meat department, get a beef soup bone. Take it home and boil it. After it cools, take out the marrow. This it good for Rover too, but the hollow bone it what you want.
Freeze pet treats in broth to give a nice cooling refreshment. Add whatever your pet likes. I have added drained spring water from tuna, and beef or veggie broth from the slow cooker.
If you have some small ramekins or little cups, you can make some healthy treats for your pet. Fill the cups with leftovers - add a little water and then freeze. It will provide a nice icy treat for your pet and will allow them to enjoy the challenge of getting it out of the container.
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What natural treats do dogs love? veggies, etc.?
Dogs/puppies like just about all foods. However, some foods can be toxic to pets, including grapes, raisins, tea, alcohol, garlic, onions, avocados, salt, and chocolate. Call the Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 or your veterinarian right away if you think your pup has eaten something dangerous.
My vet told me to steam carrots (you can use a little butter and a sprinkle of Cinnamon if they are picky). It is good for overweight dogs as it is high in fiber and they feel full longer.
My dogs like chopped fruit. I chop apples, bananas, watermelon and pears up into very fine pieces. I peel the skin off & remove all pits (so they won't choke).
I limit the amount to 1/4 a day - they lap it up.