Healthy alternatives for treats for your dog

by Akshay Mirchandani

We absolutely love pampering our little furry best friends but sometimes we tend to overfeed them with treats which can lead to excess weight gain and other health issues. So, with summer approaching, here’s a list of healthy seasonal treats you can give to your buddy:

  1. Fresh Fruits

Fruits have no added chemicals, artificial flavours or colouring, which make them perfect for your little ones! However, let your dog decide which fruits it likes since each one’s taste buds differ from the other. Avoid citric fruits as it might upset your dog’s stomach. Also, make sure you never give your dog a whole fruit with its seeds intact as it may cause gastric issues and can also be a choking hazard and instead, cut it up into slices and then feed him. The best fruits to feed your dog are apples, bananas, mangoes, pineapples and strawberries. Fruits that you must avoid at all costs are grapes, peaches and plums.

  1. Fresh Vegetables

Just like fruits, your dog will be picky with his favourite veggies. So, be patient while you make him experiment with the different flavours available.  However, here are some of the best vegetables your dog is most likely going to like: broccoli, carrots, cucumber, cabbage, cauliflower and red capsicum. Make sure you feed your dog slices of these vegetables and their stems as compared to an entire floret as that might upset his stomach. Vegetables that you must avoid at all times are onions, mushrooms and garlic.

  1. Frozen sardines

These tiny fish can be kept in the freezer and fed to your dog as a crunch little treat as they are rich in omegas and really tasty.

  1. Cheese

Most dogs love small bites of cheese, especially when you are using it for training them. However, keep the quantity to a minimum to avoid weight gain. Avoid softer, un-ripened cheese as it might upset the dog’s stomach.

  1. Pupsicles

Help your little one to beat the heat with these delicious and easy-to-make treats! Freeze yoghurt and any combination of the following foods in an ice tray for a fro-yo treat: bananas, strawberries, carrots, cucumbers, honey, peanut butter, sliced apples and plain oatmeal. Ensure that the yoghurt and peanut butter do not contain any artificial sweeteners or added sugar.

Please keep in mind that all these treats should be given in moderation and shouldn’t replace the nutritious meals you given your dogs. Also, never let your dog eat seeds, peels or cores of any fruit or vegetable. And, give plenty of time to your dog to choose his favourite from the array of treats you will be providing him with.

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