How to Choose Dog Treats and Eats

Wondering how to choose dog treats – and eats – that will make your furry friend jump for joy AND keep them healthy? We get it; there are SO many options! Our concise guide is here to help!

Just like us, dogs enjoy treats, but the overwhelming options and questionable ingredients in some treats might leave you wondering what your critter is consuming!

Dog treats come in various shapes and sizes, often designed to charm both our pets and their owners. And that’s perfectly fine. However, it’s crucial to ensure that the treats not only make you happy but are also safe for your canine companion. 

Let’s demystify the process of choosing delectable snacks and training rewards for your four-legged friend.

Here’s what you need to consider when selecting dog treats.

Knowing how to choose dog treats starts with what’s inside

When choosing dog treats, the first step is to scrutinize the ingredients. If you’re purchasing from a local pet bakery, ask for the ingredient list, and if the treats are packaged, carefully read the labels with these points in mind:

Avoid treats with fillers like 

  • Corn
  • Wheat
  • Soy
  • and all the various “meals”
  • artificial preservatives (though ascorbic acid, a natural preservative, is generally acceptable)
  • unnecessary additives. 

Choose treats that align with any special dietary needs your dog may have. Start with those made with high-quality, natural ingredients such as

  • proteins like chicken, liver, beef, or legumes, 
  • whole grains like brown rice, oats, or quinoa, 
  • and fruits and vegetables like sweet potatoes, carrots, peas, and apples.

Health Tip: Steer clear of common allergens like corn and soy, and consult your veterinarian if your dog shows signs of sensitivity or allergies.

Another consideration: Why are you offering your pup a treat?

Different treats can serve various functions:

  • Training treats should be small since they are given frequently.
  • Purpose-specific treats may include dental cleaning ingredients or joint support supplements.
  • Tailor the size of other snacks based on your dog’s breed.

Health Tip: Be mindful of treat calories, as they can add up quickly. Consult your vet for personalized recommendations based on your dog’s activity level and calorie needs.

Know Your Pup’s Preferences

Observe your dog’s excitement level for different treats and pay attention to preferences:

  • Textures: Crunchy, soft, or chewy?
  • Flavors: Beef, peanut butter, or cheese?
  • Longevity: Quickly devoured or lasts all afternoon?

Health Tip: Monitor any changes in your dog’s stool or behavior after trying new treats, as these could indicate potential issues.

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