Only The Finest Healthy Natural Dog Treats For Your Friend!
Feed your pet with top of the line healthy natural dog treats! We have extensively researched to give you and your canine companion enjoyable, as well as beneficial treats that we know they will love. So stop feeding them that rubbish and see for yourself!
The good news is; There are loads of healthy alternatives available and we have reviewed some of the best natural treats for dogs which are high in nutritional value, may even have some health benefits and best of all taste “Pawsome”.
Pooch and Mutt
Barker and Barker
Obesity in Dogs
The kennel club estimates that between 30 and 60% of dogs in the UK are overweight so it is essential that we as responsible pet owners control their calorie intake and know exactly what we are feeding our four-legged friends. Some breeds are prone to gaining weight such as Labradors, Beagles, Staffordshire Bull Terriers and Pugs to name a few but the wrong diet, feeding too many treats and a lack of exercise can cause any dog to pile on the pounds.A chubby pooch may look cute but being overweight can significantly reduce your best friend’s lifespan and lead to several serious health issues including;
Feeding natural healthy dog treats instead of calorie-laden alternatives as part of a balanced diet will reduce the risk of your pet becoming obese, with the added benefit of avoiding some of the downright dangerous ingredients that can be found in some cheap, mass-produced dog treats.
Commercial Dog Treats- What you need to know.
Like many cheaper mass-produced dog foods, the treats you are feeding Fido can contain many ingredients that are not only unhealthy but could cause allergies and serious health issues. For example; here are the ingredients found in a Pedigree Jumbone
While there are no nasties which can often be found in the treats imported from China it is worrying to note the sugar is the second highest ingredient and let’s be honest derivatives can relate to just about anything, meaning we really don’t know what we are feeding to our dogs.
Other commercial dog treats are known to contain artificial flavourings, colours and preservatives which can include ethoxyquin; used in pesticides it is a renowned carcinogen, has been linked to kidney and liver damage and is banned from human consumption.
Other ingredients to avoid are Propylene Glycol (also found in anti-freeze) Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA) - E320 and Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT) - E321 also suspected to cause cancer. If that isn’t enough many dog treats contain ingredients which can cause allergies such as wheat, soy and corn. No wonder more people than ever are turning to natural treats for dogs.
What to look for when buying natural dog treats
Ingredients are listed in descending order so the first few ingredients on the list are should be 100% natural and high in quality.
The fresher ingredients come from local sources and it is highly recommended you choose treats made in the UK, which adhere to EU regulations, always check the small print as in some cases made in the UK can mean packaged in this country, with the core product coming from China, a country with questionable regulations where dog treats are concerned.
Ingredients should be an easily recognizable, for example, you want to choose a pet treat with a specific type of meat, not meat or vegetable derivatives or meat meal
Organic ingredients are the best because they contain fewer contaminants, while 100% natural doggy treats may be a little more expensive than others the benefits to your dog’s health and reduced vet bills outweigh the extra cost.
Of course, budding bakers can make their own, this video has some great DIY Natural dog treat recipes.
Another fantastic option for nutritious dog treats is dehydrated vegetables, fruit, meat or fish and this great value dehydrator is perfect for making homemade healthy treats your dog will love.
Pooch and Mutt Fresh Breath Treats for Dogs 125 g (Pack of 3)
These low-calorie wheat-free treats are one of a wide range by Pooch and Mutt and are great if your pooch has smelly breath. Containing all-natural ingredients with parsley, chicory and peppermint oil, a natural deodouriser, they taste great and are fantastic for your canine companion’s oral hygiene.
Pet Cuisine Dog Training Snacks Puppy Chewy Natural Treats, Sweet Potato Stick, 250g
Good for dogs with sensitive stomachs, this easy to digest vegetable treat from Pet Cuisine is an ideal addition to your dog’s balanced diet, used a reward or training treat dogs will love this sweet potato snack, a great source of vitamin A.
Irish Rover Superfoods For Dogs Chicken Meat Dog Treats with Sweet potato carrot and pumpkins 750g
Made in Ireland and containing natural superfoods these delicious healthy treats come in a range of flavours and are grain-free. Easy to chew and digest they smell great and are suitable for all breeds of dog.
Whimzees Small Toothbrush Natural Healthy Vegetable Gluten Free Dog Dental Treat
Perfect for smaller dogs these fun shapes are made with natural ingredients and help keep your dog’s teeth clean, removing plaque and tartar. This pack of 24 is good value and will keep your canine companion’s breath fresh.
Soopa Dental Sticks, 100 gm, Pumpkin/Carrot
Winner of PPRA Best Pet Product Award, these hypoallergenic, pet-nutritionist approved snacks by Soopa come in a variety of flavours. Help fight bad breath and aid digestion. Using only human-grade ingredients they are packed with nutrients.
Lily's Kitchen Truly Naturals Little Liver Rewards Dog Chews 40g (Pack of 12)
These bite-sized natural dog treats are a rich source of vitamins and iron, made in the EU from 100% air-dried beef with nothing added, they have a rich meaty flavour and are perfect for using as a training aid or as a reward.
Pet Munchies Salmon Fillets 90 g
Made from 100% premium wild salmon these gourmet treats are rich in Omega-3 and 6 which is proven to be beneficial for your dog’s health. Great value for money they are naturally low in carbohydrates and calories making them an ideal snack for all dogs.
Barker and Barker Low Fat Dog Training Treats 400 Little Liver Treats pot
At only 0.3 calories per treat, these tasty snacks by Barker and Barker are perfect for small breeds and puppies. Grain and cereal-free they are made using a unique compression technique that locks in nutrients and results in a much longer shelf-life.
Healthy Paws Fruit Cookie Treats 500g Bucket: full of fruity goodness.
These fruity snacks by Healthy Paws are packed full of vitamins and are rich in potassium. They are gluten-free with no added sugar, salt or preservatives. With added sunflower oil and cinnamon these yummy cookies will please even the pickiest of pooches.
Some of these treats may seem a bit more expensive than the ones you find in bargain stores and supermarkets but the fact you are feeding Fido healthy snacks which will not cause him to become overweight, result in stomach upsets or allergies or in the worse scenario contain dangerous toxins and chemicals, will ultimately benefit your wallet with reduced vet bills.
I recommend the salmon fillets by Pet Munchies which are great value for money. If you can’t stand the fishy odour the Soopa treats come in a wide range of flavours and are loved by most dogs. After all, our faithful friends bring a lot of joy into our lives and deserve a reward now and then.