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Safe Treats for Dogs

Posted on 05.24.2023

Dogs love treats and, as pet owners, we love to spoil our furry friends with delicious new finds. However, it is important to make sure that the treats you give your dog are safe. Some human foods that are perfectly safe for us to eat can be toxic to dogs. It is also important to limit the amount of treats that you give your dog, as too many treats can lead to weight gain or other health problems.

Good Human Snacks for Dogs

There are a ton of different human snacks that are safe for dogs to eat. Some of the best options include:

  • Fruit: Dogs can eat most fruits, including, but not limited to, apples, bananas, berries, melons, peaches, and pears. However, it is important to avoid giving your dog fruit seeds, as these can be harmful and may cause choking. Fruits are an amazing source of vitamins and minerals and can also help to clean your pup's mouth clean and breath fresh. 
  • Vegetables: Dogs can also eat most vegetables, including carrots, celery, cucumbers, green beans, lettuce, peas, pumpkins, spinach, and sweet potatoes. However, it is recommended to avoid giving your dog vegetables that are high in fiber, such as broccoli and cabbage. Most veggies are low in calories and high in crunch - making them the perfect snack for our furry friends.
  • Lean protein: Lean protein is an important part of a dog's diet. Some good options include chicken, beef, lamb, fish, and turkey. Lean proteins keep your pup's energy high while being relatively low in calories and fats. Single ingredient protein treats are a fan favorite and are perfect high value treats for training or rewarding. 
  • Dairy: Some dogs can tolerate dairy products, such as yogurt, cheese, and milk. However, it is important to introduce dairy products slowly and in small amounts to see how your dog reacts. These dairy products are a great source of vitamin C and protein. 

When feeding your dog human food, it is important to start with small amounts and monitor their reaction. Some dogs may be allergic to certain foods, so it is important to be aware of the signs of an allergic reaction, such as itching, swelling, or vomiting. 

Treats That Are Toxic for Dogs

There are a number of human foods that are toxic to dogs. Some of the most common include:

  • Chocolate: Chocolate contains theobromine, which is toxic to dogs. 
  • Coffee and Tea: Coffee contains caffeine, which is also toxic to dogs. 
  • Raisins/Grapes: Raisins and grapes can cause kidney failure in dogs. Even a small amount can be harmful.
  • Macadamia nuts: Macadamia nuts can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and tremors in dogs.
  • Onions: Onions and garlic can cause anemia in dogs.
  • Alcohol: Alcohol can cause intoxication and even death in dogs.

The amount of these foods that is toxic to dogs varies depending on the type and the size of the dog. If you suspect your pup got into one of these foods, monitor them closely and, when in doubt, make a trip to your vet.

How Often Should You Give Your Dog Treats?

The amount of treats that you give your dog should be limited. Treats should not make up more than 10% of your dog's daily calorie intake. If you are giving your dog treats for training, it is important to break the treats down into small pieces so that your dog does not get too many calories. For the most part, it is also important to choose treats that are specifically designed for dogs

If you are ever unsure about whether or not a food is safe for your dog to eat, it is always best to consult with your veterinarian.

Get Freshly Made Treats for Your Dog

Visit your local Treats Unleashed for fresh, human-grade treats specifically designed for your pup! We make our treats in store with ingredients you would find in your own pantry. Stop by to find everything from dog cakes to crunchy treats. We take the hassle and worry out of finding healthy treats to keep your pet happy. Not only do we bake treats with pets in mind, we provide the ingredients and nutritional value of everything we offer. We take pet health seriously, just like you!

By following these tips, you can help ensure that your dog enjoys safe and healthy treats.

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