If you or your vet has decided that your pup could lose a few pounds, finding healthier options than some of the meat based treats doesn’t have to be difficult. Since we are all looking for ways to save money, making your own dog treats can be cheaper than buying them. There are plenty of recipes for baking dog cookies but if you’re not a baker (like me), why not look to buying some produce that you can chop up and share with your canine buddy?
Remember: always cut up the fruits and vegetables and give small amounts. When introducing a new food group into your dog’s diet, do it slowly, one new treat at a time, and let their body adjust to the changes. This cuts down on the chances of your dog having an upset belly.
Here’s some fruits and vegetables that can be used as treats and rewards:
1: Apples (cut up and do not let your dog eat the seeds)
Keep in mind, some of these fruits and vegetables may produce gas in your dog such as broccoli. Try feeding the stems of broccoli instead of the florets to reduce the chance of a gassy pup. All these treats are low fat, have no artificial flavoring, and provide extra nutrition in addition to their regular meals.
Pair up healthy treats with exercise and your dog will be slim, trim, and strong!