Would you enjoy meals consisting of the same thing over and over again, for the rest of your life? No? Well, the same goes for your dog. Have you ever caught the “thanks, but no thanks” look when you gave your dog the food bowl? The good news is you can get on your dog’s good side again and here is how you can provide your pet with a variety of organic dog food of your choice.
Great treats for your dog
Carrots are a sweet and crunchy treat, which can also be beneficial for the liver, especially if your dog is undergoing medical treatment.
Bell peppers are an absolute delight. Your dog would be most pleased if you were to look for female peppers, the ones with four bumps, which are much sweeter. Carefully remove the seeds, and you are good to go.
Green beans also make a good snack, as they are a great source of fiber, vitamins, and manganese. Make sure to cut the ends off and wash them thoroughly.
Sugar snap peas are a great source of protein, fiber, folate, phosphorus, manganese, potassium and zinc.
Sweet potatoes can be used as treats also, after being boiled or dehydrated. They are a good source of magnesium, potassium, and vitamins A, B5, B6 and C.
Celery is a crunchy treat and a good source of vitamins A, B and C, potassium, calcium, sodium, iron, and phosphorus.
Cucumbers are low in calories, and an excellent source of vitamin K. Wash them, cut them lengthways and remove the seeds.
Apples are high in fiber, and a good source of vitamins A and C. Always wash them thoroughly and remove the core, stem, and seeds before giving one to your dog.
Blueberries are a great way to increase the number of antioxidants in your dog’s body, they are low in fat and contain vitamin C and fiber. They are better served outside, as they are known to stain everything, and they make a special treat if you keep them in the freezer for a while before serving them.
Bananas are high in fiber, potassium, and magnesium, vitamin B6, and C. Not all dogs like them, but if you slice the bananas first and then freeze them, they are sure to be a success.
Watermelon is always at hand in the summer days, and is a great source of water (92%), vitamins A and C, potassium and magnesium. Always be careful to remove the seeds first.
Cantaloupe contains vitamins A, B and C, potassium, and beta-carotene. Make sure you remove the seeds and rind before serving it.
The warm season is starting, and soon the markets will be filled with fresh vegetables and fruit, a healthy choice compared to store-bought snacks, which can be high in sugar, fat, and preservatives. In the hot summer days your dog will appreciate a refreshing veggie treat, but too much of anything is always bad for anyone, dogs included, so do not overdo it with the treats in detriment of a balanced diet.