Natural Dog Treats
At Holistic Hounds we believe all dogs deserve a treat every now and then. Giving treats can be a pleasant experience for both you and your dog, and can often be a great way of rewarding good behaviour or training success.
When it comes to the health of your dog, treats can be a good thing, however some can be bad for your dogs health, quite often despite claims of the opposite!
There are a wide variety of treats out there, some incorporate herbs for dogs and act as a natural pet medicine. Whilst Holistic Hounds obviously supports using herbs for dogs as a natural pet medicine, we tend to prefer the unprocessed treats for our dogs.
When dealing with processed treats, such as those that are designed to enhance dental health, you need to be aware of the sugar and fat content. In addition to the potential weight gain that can occur, there is also the fact the the sugar counteracts any benefits on the teeth that the treats may have had.
A moderately active dog, who weighs around 10kg, will burn around 700 calories a day. If one dog treat contains 100 calories, just 2 or 3 of these per day can lead to obesity.
If weight is a problem for your dog, try giving some vegetables as treats. Unlike fruit, vegetables tend to be low in sugar and many dogs enjoy a carrot, a sweet potato or even broccoli! Apple or watermelon make a good treat too, just remember to watch your dog’s sugar intake. Remember to do your research before giving your dog something new. Never feed your dog onions, chocolate, grapes, or raisins as these are severely toxic to dogs.
Natural animal products are our favourite choice of treats for the Holistic Hounds dogs. Pigs Ears, Rabbits Ears, Cows Ears, Turkey Feet, Duck Feet, Pigs Tails and Lambs Tails are always found in our cupboards and are always very popular!
Fur on treats (such as furry rabbits ears or cow ears) are a great natural wormer and can be really good natural pet medicine for your dog’s digestive health.
As with our own diet, you need to make sure your dog is getting all of their vitamins and minerals and eating a balance diet. Treats are a great way of rewarding your dog and showing your affection, but they shouldn't form the bulk of your dog's diet.