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How to choose healthy treats for your dog - East Springfield Veterinary Hospital

How to Choose Healthy Treats for Your Dog

Being a dog owner, you want to make sure you are providing your furry friend with the best possible care. When it comes to treats, it’s important to choose healthy options that will benefit your pup’s health. With so many options available, however, choosing the right treats can be a daunting task. That’s why we’ve put together a guide on how to choose healthy treats for your dog. Read on for tips and suggestions!

1. Check the Ingredients

When picking a treat, always make sure to read the ingredient list. Avoid treats that contain artificial preservatives, colors, and flavors. Look for natural, wholesome ingredients, such as chicken, lamb, or sweet potato. Avoid ingredients like wheat, corn, and soy that can cause allergies and stomach issues in dogs.

2. Consider Your Pup’s Dietary Needs

Every dog has their unique dietary needs, and it’s important to choose treats with those in mind. If your dog is overweight, choose low-calorie treats or those that promote weight loss. If your dog has digestive issues or allergies, there are many limited-ingredient treats available that cater to specific dietary needs. If you’re not sure, feel free to ask us!

3. Choose Age-Appropriate Treats

Dog treats come in various forms, including biscuits, bones, and chews. When picking treats, it’s essential to choose age-appropriate options. For example, puppies may benefit from softer treats that are easier to chew, while older dogs may enjoy treats that are harder and help promote dental health. 

4. Look for Companies that Prioritize Quality

There are lots of dog treat companies, and not all manufacture their products with the same level of quality. Look for companies that prioritize quality and use only high-quality ingredients. You can also consider purchasing organic or locally sourced treats to support small businesses.

5. Make Your Own Treats

If you really want to ensure that your dog’s treats are healthy, consider making your own. There are tons of easy and healthy dog treat recipes online that you can try out. This can also be a fun activity to do with your pup!

Choosing healthy treats for your pup doesn’t have to be overwhelming, and it doesn’t mean sacrificing taste. By looking for wholesome ingredients, considering your pup’s dietary needs, and choosing age-appropriate and high-quality options, you can give your furry friend treats they will love while keeping their health in mind. As always, moderation is key – so enjoy those treats in small portions, and your four-legged friend will thank you for it!

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or want to review the best food options for your furry friend!