Treats, glorious treats!

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It’s one of the first words that dogs learn, and it’s no wonder!

Dog treats are tasty, special little morsels that provide a break from the monotony of your dog’s daily diet. But not all dog treats are healthy dog treats.

 While treats are the “junk food” of the dog world, that doesn’t mean they actually have to be made of junk. But unfortunately, the vast majority of dog treats on the market contain a ton of filler ingredients, subpar meat products, and preservatives.

Since treats are likely to make up a fair bit of your dog’s diet, it’s important to give them the very best. When looking for a high-quality healthy dog treat, there are a few things you should look for:

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 1.     High meat content (unless the treats are vegetable or fruit based). Meaty treats are often a favorite for dogs, but they can be made of low-quality discard meat that is leftover from factory farming operations. Doesn’t seem too appetizing, does it? Look for meat products that you’re familiar with as well as “whole” ingredients. For example, look for “chicken” rather than “chicken meal,” or “wheat” as opposed to “wheat flour”.

2.     Stay away from artificial sweeteners. Honey, molasses and applesauce are all natural sweeteners that are commonly found in dog treats and are much healthier and safer than their chemical alternatives

3.     Keep an eye out for chemical humectantslike propylene glycol. Chemical humectants are commonly used in dog treats to keep them chewy and moist, and to prevent discoloration. There are more natural humectants available, (such as vegetable glycerin and molasses), and while they’re more expensive, they’re significantly healthier than their chemical alternatives

4.     Keep an eye out for allergens! If your dog has allergies, take a good look at the label before purchasing treats.  Common dog allergens such as wheat are often found in treats, even in meaty ones where you might not expect them

5.     Finally, the fewer ingredients the better. Look for treats with a few, basic ingredients (or even single ingredients!)  The more preservatives and fillers that a treat includes, the less likely it is to be a wholesome snack.

Overwhelmed? You’re not alone!

Lots of pet parents unwittingly give their dogs junky treats.  Not because they don’t care, but because it’s just one more thing to think about.

Luckily, Chi and I have done a lot of the legwork for you.

We love Life’s Abundance healthy dog treats!

They’re healthful, full of wholesome ingredients, and come in a variety of different flavors.  From Turkey and Berry to Buffalo, there’s bound to be a flavor that’ll please your pup.

Chi is particularly fond of Porky Puffs, Freeze Dried Turkey Hearts and Buffalo meat strips (just to name a few!)

They even have low-fat treats for the portly pups who are watching their calorie intake.

Check out Chi’s shop to discover all the wonderful flavors of Life’s Abundance treats!