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Healthy Snacks for Dogs

Check out these healthy treat suggestions and learn you what to avoid when cooking for your pet.

Packaged dog treats often have little nutritional value and may be high in calories. Many dog owners want something better for their pets but they don't know where to start. 

Fruits and vegetables are often great additions to a dog's diet, both for improving nutrition and assisting with weight loss. Switching away from packaged treats may make a positive impact in your dog's level of fitness. While some fruits and veggies work best as additives to your dog's food bowl, some, like pieces of raw carrot, work well as training treats or stand-alone goodies. Many dogs beg for baby carrots every time the bag comes out of the refrigerator!

Not all foods that are safe for humans are safe for dogs. Some foods, like grapes, can be toxic. And, often, foods that are safe for pets contains seeds and pits that are not.

Consult your veterinarian to ensure that your healthy treats are, in fact healthy. Read PetMD's nutrition article for more information, including a lists of safe and unsafe foods.

Photo courtesy of Kimberly Wilson.

March is National Nutrition month. Check back for more articles on pet nutrition.


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