When we hear “treat” we think: something we probably shouldn’t be eating (you know what I mean: all the high sugar, high fat – usually both – stuff we “sometimes” spoil ourselves with).
No wonder we hesitate to “treat” our pets. We think we have enough trouble without pushing our guilty pleasures on to our dogs and cats.
Of course, some treats are really not healthy. Many store-bought treats are high in sugar and fat.
Once, we were in a bit of a pinch and bought some yoghurt buttons from a pet shop to use as decorations. In my usual clumsy fashion, I accidentally dropped some melted buttons on to my hand. Without thinking I licked it up – and was shocked to find it tasted sweet, like white chocolate!
Not all treats are like this. You might be surprised to know that some treats are healthy for pets.
The key thing is to look at the ingredient list. You may be surprised by what is actually in there!
So what’s in a healthy treat?
When purchasing treats – whether store-bought or homemade – here are some things to look for:
- No Added Sugar (NAS) Yoghurt
- No Added Sugar (NAS) Carob
- No sugar
- No salt
- No additives
- No preservatives
How does a Doggie Bakery homemade treat compare?
Well, of course ours are the yummiest, healthiest and the best (according to our loyal puppies ;)).
In all seriousness, here are our points of difference:
NAS carob and yoghurt - While this costs us more to use, we opt for NAS for a very simple reason: we wouldn’t give our own dogs sugar, so we’re not going to give yours any either!
Free range and organic - We purchase free range or organic items where possible.
Locally produced - We source our meat from local producers.
Why are treats important at all?
Giving your dog healthy “treats” assists with training and maintaining obedience - which in turn helps strengthen the bond between you. If my stubborn huskies are lying on the couch when it’s bedtime, all I have to say is “chicken” - and they will come running and do whatever I ask.
So don’t be afraid to give quality treats which have no sugar, salt, additives, preservatives or fillers.
And yes, try ours!