There are lots of healthy treats for dogs. But what's safe and what's not?
Dogs enjoy a wide variety of treats, but it is important to stick to healthy, nutritious snacks. If you are going to give your dog a treat, why not pick something that is good for him?
If you want to check your pet is healthy, then there is a checklist you can use here and some information here. But feeding him healthy treats will help to put a spring in his step.
Here is my list of healthy foods you can use as treats - just watch out for feeding your pet any of the dangerous dog treats such as grapes, raisins or apple seeds. And be sure to introduce any new foods slowly to make sure it doesn't cause your pet any problems.
Dogs love vegetables, both raw and cooked. Chopped carrots, broccoli and peas all make easy homemade dog treats. You can also feed your dog green beans and sweet potatoes.
Strawberries, rasberries, melon, apples and bananas are all favorites. Blueberries are very rich in vitamins and make a healthy treat. Try these healthy blueberry and banana biscuits. You may also like to try your dog on cranberries - particularly if it has a urinary infection.
Although you may have to watch what your pet eats if it has a wheat allergy, many dogs enjoy rice and pasta. Rice cakes make a quick and easy treat - but check they are a brand that doesn't contain a lot of salt.
More healthy treats
Popcorn is a good treat - but use natural popped corn - no salt or sugar. And pop it in a very small amount of oil.