Pets love treats! So why not treat them with nutritious and healthy snacks. Healthy treats for pets can be baked, mashed, steamed, given raw and even cut up into smaller pieces. There are many healthy snacks and recipes to give your pet and keep them happy and healthy.

Did you know dogs can smell a treat from over 20 yards away and can get a pretty good idea of the main ingredients..

Here are some tips for which healthy treats to give your dog!

Carrots
Keep some carrot sticks handy for a great on-the-go dog treat. You can even cook them and mash into your dog’s usual dinner for a sweet and healthy option. Why not freeze some carrots for a chilled sweet treat that will even naturally clean your dog’s teeth.

Tuna
Our readers love giving their pets tuna! Cats and dogs both love tuna. You can mix boiled rice with tuna as an alternative or bake the tuna into balls. You could also use another dry unsalted fish. A fun way for your pet to enjoy this healthy treat

Frozen Snacks
Freezing meat juices into ice cubes seems to be a popular treat for our Co-op community pets! Frozen treats are also a great way to keep your pet cool. You could even try frozen peas, frozen bananas, or frozen sardines. Keep a bag of them in the freezer for a quick fresh treat. However you must be careful. Ice cubes could obstruct in your pets throat so use precaution.

Other Fruits and Veggies
Peppers, pumpkin, cauliflower, cabbage and apples. Mix and match your healthy treats with fruits and veggies that you pet will love. Make sure you check what’s best for your pet! Not all fruits and veggies are suitable

Healthy snacks should be part of your pets normal eating routine and not added as additional food. If you are feeding your pet treats, then you make their other meals smaller.

Try a recipe from one of our readers

Homemade Pumpkin Biscuits

What you’ll need:
Tin of pumpkin puree (425g)
35g ground flax seeds
50g oats
60 ml sunflower oil
1 tbs molasses
340g wholemeal flour.

To prepare:
Preheat your oven to 180c. Mix and mash everything together except the flour. Add the flour and mix and roll out the dough the use a cookie cutter to cut them out. Bake in the oven and let cool before giving them to your dog.
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Homemade Turkey Balls

What you’ll need:
1 pound ground turkey
1 egg
1 teaspoon chopped parsley
¼ cup shredded cheese (optional)
½ cup chopped veggies (optional)

To prepare:
Preheat oven to 350oF
Mix all ingredients in bowl
Shape mixture into bite-size balls
Bake for 10 minutes or until brown
Cool and serve or seal in airtight container and store in fridge or freezer until ready to serve

 

What ingredients and information to look out for

When choosing a dog treat, make sure it’s something your dog or cat will like and something that’s suitable to feed them. Also, keep in mind your pet has a different stomach than a human and human treats aren’t necessarily good for pets!. When deciding how much your pet should eat, always take into account your pet’s age, weight and shape, as well as veterinary advice.

 

Please remember that pets have allergies too. Chocolate is poisonous to dogs and some fruits and veggies are not suitable for your pet. It is also good to chop your treats into small pieces to avoid choking, and keep your treats handy for your pet when outdoors.