5 Healthy Dog Treats in Your Pantry Right Now!
It’s 9pm, your dog has come in for his nightly snack, lips smacking in anticipation, large eyes staring you down. You reach into the bottom of the treat bag and come up empty. All the stores are closed and your dog won’t go to bed until he’s fulfilled his late night snack attack. What do you do?!
Don’t panic! There’s a good chance your cupboard is full of healthy treats you can share with your four-legged friend.
- Peanut Butter – This classic snack, loved by people and dogs, is a great source of protein and healthy fats, as well as vitamins B and E. You can feed it to your dog on a spoon for a tongue-licking good time, or put it in a toy to keep them busy! Make sure to use natural or unsweetened peanut butters and avoid anything with artificial sweeteners that are toxic to dogs.
- Oatmeal – Looking for a warm treat at breakfast time or a lovely evening snack? A bowl of plain oatmeal is a healthy, grain-free choice. Cooked plain oats offer a fiber filled treat.
- Canned Tuna – Tuna is a great high protein treat for your pet. Make sure you pick a white-meat tuna packed in water to avoid any unhealthy fats. Feed in small quantities, but dogs who love a smelly treat with go nuts for this one.
- Coconut Oil – If this isn’t in your pantry it should be! Perfect for cooking doggie snacks and human ones or just feeding in small amounts, coconut oil offers many health benefits including improving digestion and coat health. And when you are done feeding it to your dog, you can put it on their skin and paws to make them super soft.
- Pretzels/Popcorn – Not overly nutritious, but a good low-fat option. Make sure to avoid any extra salt and, for popcorn, be sure to only feed fully popped kernels.
We can't think of a better way to end the day than to share a bowl of popcorn with a side of peanut butter with our best friend!
Samantha is the former web editor for DogFancy and Dogchannel.com and has enjoyed years of sharing her passion and knowledge for pets with the world. A lover of all things dog and an avid baker and crafter, she regularly contributes dog-friendly recipes and projects to Dogster and Lucky Puppy magazines. Sam lives in Southern California with her husband and their two dogs Huggs the Frenchie and Quinn the Aussie-Poodle.
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