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Last week, we took you to a grocery store to show you that dog treats don’t have to be purchased in the dog food aisle. You don’t even have to go to a pet supply store. Instead, we invited you with us to shop for real food to use as treats that you may not have thought of before. You can read the article here.
What was on last week’s dog treat hacks? Matzoh crackers, dehydrated or baked lean meat, unsalted cashews and even brown rice cakes!
This week, we asked for YOUR input on your dog’s favorite treats and snacks that you can purchase right from the grocery store. You inspired us! So for Part Two, we bring to you some of our fan favorites!
Organic Pumpkin Seeds (Unsalted) Herbalists have discovered that the seeds of the pumpkin work as an effective deworming agent against tapeworms and other intestinal parasites in dogs and humans. Pumpkin seeds contain the amino acid called cucurbitin, which paralyzes and eliminates the worms from the digestive tract. We like to sprinkle about a tablespoon on Brickle and Digby’s dinner and also give them as a stand alone energy boost during the day.
Raw Fruit and Vegetables. There are many dog friendly fruits and vegetables. We often reference the ASPCA’s guidance online to double check each veggie. Brickle’s favorite veggie? Green bell pepper. Digby’s favorite veggie? Green beans! Many of you told us how much your dog loves carrots or bananas! With fruit, make sure to limit quantities due to calories.
Coconut Chips. This is a snack we fight over! Make sure the coconut chips are unsalted, with no sugar or flavorings added. Coconut is great for their skin and coat!
Organic Greek Yogurt (No sugar or sweeteners added). Yogurt is high in calcium and protein. It also can act as a probiotic, which can be good for the digestive system. The probiotics in Greek yogurt also fight yeast infections, which can help dogs with recurring ear or skin infections.
Not every dog will love every snack. As you can see, Brickle hates carrots! But with just a little creativity and a new mindset, you can save money and time by shopping for your dog’s food the same place that you shop for yours. Don’t our dogs deserve real food? Why let dog food and dog treat companies tell us that the only food we can give our dogs are ones that are labeled as such.
We all know that these same companies try to scare us into thinking that we can’t feed our dogs real food. And yes, there are certain precautions we need to take such as researching which ingredients are dog safe. But once you get the hang of it and you see the difference in your dog’s health and happiness, we can guarantee that you will never go back. Never!
We won’t bore you with a history of dog food and why it came to be sold. But do your own research. And then decide if you want others to tell you what is best for your dog. I sure don’t.
DISCLAIMER: AS WITH ALL TREATS, LIMIT QUANTITIES FOR YOUR DOG AND BASE ON ACTIVITY LEVEL. NO ALL TREATS ARE SUITABLE FOR ALL DOGS. CONSULT A VET BEFORE MAKING ANY CHANGES TO YOUR DOG’S DIET
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