When choosing treats for your dog, you should consider the ingredients more now than ever before. Not all dog treats are created equal and your dog doesn't really care what's on the package – so it is up to you to read, research and choose sensibly.
Next time you are shopping for a “gourmet” dog treat, think about what your dog considers “gourmet”. You'll be surprised at how your dog will go crazy for treats that are also canine healthy.
You may not want to serve beef trachea or chicken feet to your family, but your dog will think it's a delicacy. And, the best part is that treats like trachea, liver and beef hearts are naturally bursting with minerals, vitamins and the amino acids that promote better canine health.
Just like choosing treats for your family, less is often better. Look for treats that have simple and wholesome ingredients – not ones that are packed with preservatives or artificial color and flavor. It's especially important if your dog eats commercial kibble or canned food. Most commercial foods have essential vitamins added but much of that benefit is lost due to the heating process in producing the food.
From a nutritional point of view, some treats will not only serve as a reward but will also have added health benefits. Here we've listed a few really good options.
Better Joint Health
Glucosamine and chondroitin promote healthy cartilage in joints and are often given in the form of supplements. Beef tracheas are a natural occurring source for these essentials. Dogs love dried beef tracheas and they are safer than rawhide for long lasting chew treat. Easily digestible, these treats provide essential benefits that dog food (commercial kibble and canned) often loses due to the heating and extruding processes.
The enzymes in beef hearts are believed to improve cardiovascular function and defend against heart disease. As a gluten free treat, beef hearts are perfect for dogs with grain allergies. Beef hearts also contain high amounts of CoQ10 which is responsible for energy production at the cellular level.
Long Lasting Energy
Liver is a nutrient-rich organ meat and can provide your dog with protein, fat and vitamin A, all of which help him stay healthy. Liver is also a good source of copper, iron, niacin, phosphorus and zinc. It provides many B vitamins, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, and essential amino acids your dog needs from his diet to keep him running strong.
Low Fat, Increased Antioxidants
Sweet Potatoes are a low fat, low carbohydrate chewy treat that are high in antioxidants. Easy, safe digestion. A great source of plant pigments, copper, potassium, iron and dietary fiber.
Why use dried meat products?
Just like the beef jerky you buy, dried dog treats can be made from a variety of meats and after they are produced, they have a long shelf-life without refrigeration. At K-9 Kraving, our dried dog treats are simply sliced and dried with no added preservatives, coloring or dyes, sugars, cereal grains, glutens, nitrates, chemicals and soluble carbohydrates.