Top 10 Healthy Snacks for Dogs

by Connie on March 8, 2012

Have you ever wondered if there’s a healthy alternative to pre-packaged dog treats?  If so, you’ve come to the right place!  There are ten different snacks that you can please your dog with, which are both healthy and tasty!

1. Cottage Cheese

It may be a surprise to you, but most dogs actually love cottage cheese.  One thing to keep in mind when purchasing it though is to buy the nonfat and low-sodium kind.  The regular cottage cheese contains high sugar and fat percentages.

2. Sweet Potato

Natural sugar is always better; that’s why sweet potato is one of the best healthy dog treats.  Its’ sweetness and unique texture makes this snack popular among dogs.  But not only is it delicious, it’s also a great source of vitamin C, vitamin B6, and fiber.

3. Baby Carrots

All types of carrots are good for your dog, but baby carrots are often times sweeter and crunchier.  If you have a puppy that is teething, you can give the pup carrots to help alleviate the symptoms.  Also, carrots contain Beta Carotene, which helps maintain a healthy coat.

4. Apples

Filled with vitamin A, vitamin C, and fiber, apples are definitely healthy snacks.  One thing to remember before feeding your dog apples is that the seeds are highly toxic for them.  Never feed your dog apple seeds, the core, leaf, or stem.  As long as these parts of the apple are avoided, your dog can enjoy this sweet and crunchy treat.

5. Green Beans

Green beans are a good source of vitamin K, manganese, and vitamin C.  They are also low in calories and can be fed to dogs that are on a diet.  The majority of dogs like to eat green beans frozen.

6. Eggs

Never feed your dog raw eggs; it is very unhealthy!  On the other hand, boiled eggs are a great source of protein, selenium, and riboflavin.  They can be given separately or in combination with your dog’s food.  For dogs that are prone to gaining weight, it is best to only feed the egg white, as the yolk contains all of the fat.

7. Yogurt

Although some people believe that yogurt, cottage cheese, and other dairy products are harmful for dogs, it all depends on your dog’s reaction to the food.  Most dogs do fine eating yogurt, and it can be a healthy snack as long as it is given moderately.  Staying away from artificial flavors, high sugars, and high fat yogurt is also helpful.  If your dog is tolerant to yogurt, it is a great source of calcium and can even be good for the digestive system.

8. Rice Cakes

Who doesn’t like rice cakes?  Well some of you may not, but your dog will love them!  They are crunchy, tasty, and healthy!  But of course, sticking to the natural (plain) kind is better; you will avoid the unnecessary sugars and artificial flavors.

9. Banana Chips

Banana chips are great for using when training your dog.  They’re the perfect size so you can carry them around for your pet as well as for yourself!

10. Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is the all-time classic dog snack.  Yes, it is healthy and dogs undoubtedly love it, but don’t over feed your dog peanut butter as it can lead to weight gain.

Now that you know which snacks are healthy for your dog, it’s time to see which ones your dog loves the most.  Keep a list of the snacks that your dog likes so that you can feed them in the future.

 

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