How to choose healthy treats for your dog?

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Dog people know the inevitable truth – dogs are with us for a finite time. So, why not treat them to the best life possible?

In addition to a balanced diet, dogs also need the sheer joy of treats. Choosing treats for your dog should be easy, but with so many options, it can be surprisingly tough to make the right choice.

With multiple options available in the market, finding affordable, high-quality dog treats may seem even tougher.

Also see: What makes a dog food good or bad?

Don’t worry, we are here to help you decide.

Looking for homemade dog treats?

Several pantry staples make healthy treats for dogs. Many pups love little chunks of zucchini or cucumber as regular training treats.

  1. Egg – Served scrambled or cooled, Egg makes for a perfect protein-rich treat.
  2. Yogurt – Rich in Probiotics and Calcium, Yogurt helps with your dog’s nutritional needs.
  3. Pumpkins – With a healthy dose of fiber, Pumpkins help keep your dog’s urinary and digestive tract running smoothly.
  4. Fish Oil and Flax Seeds – Containing Omega-3 fatty acids, Fish Oil and Flax Seeds promote overall health in dogs.
  5. Pineapples – Rich in both Calcium and Potassium, Pineapples make for a sweet snack for your dogs.
  6. Apples (minus the seeds) – A rich source of Vitamins, Apples also work as a breath-freshener for your pooch.
  7. Potatoes – Rich in antioxidants, copper, iron, potassium, fiber, and magnesium, Potatoes contain all essential minerals that perform myriad functions in cells, from transporting oxygen to assisting in the assembly of proteins.
  8. Bananas – Rich in Potassium, Fiber, and Magnesium, Bananas have Vitamin B6 which helps metabolize proteins and regulates blood cell function so the blood can bring more oxygen to the brain and muscle.
  9. Oatmeal – A good source of fiber, Oatmeal is great for dogs with bowel irregularity issues, and it’s also safe for dogs with wheat allergies.
  10. Carrots – With Vitamin A and beta-Carotene, Carrots can be given to your dog either raw, or sliced and boiled until semi-soft.
  11. Peanut Butter – While Peanut Butter is good for dogs, be sure to check the label for ingredients. Avoid products containing Xylitol, a low-calorie sweetener, which can have adverse effects on dogs.

Looking for commercial dog treats?

When looking for commercially available dog treats, check the label for the list of ingredients. A good treat shouldn’t only be rich in proteins but also have a mix of antioxidants and herbs. It should be tasty and help in bonding with your pet.

While your dog’s taste buds may be his only test when it comes to treats, you need to look beyond that when it comes to choosing dog treats.

A. Pay utmost importance to the quality of ingredients. Single-source proteins, limited fillers and preservatives make for an ideal choice.

B. If you can, try opting for treats that also have the goodness of herbs, fruits, and veggies. For example, omega-rich Flax Seeds support skin and coat health. Blueberries are good for the eyes and Cranberries help balance pH levels in the urine, and also bolster digestion and immune function.

Among commercially available dog treats, check out Himalaya Healthy Treats.

  1. It contains chicken, a rich source of proteins. And we know how much dogs love them!
  2. The herbal actives – Flax Seeds and Gokshura –have great nutritional benefits for your dog’s overall health and fitness.
  3. Himalaya Healthy Treats are fortified with Ashvagandha which supports boosts immunity in puppies.
  4. The treats for adult dogs are enriched with Flax Seeds that are known to support dogs’ skin and fitness.
  5. Healthy Treats are tasty, highly relished, and help in bonding with your pet. You may serve them pet 2-8 daily depending on the size of your dog.

Here is to happy, healthy snacking!

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Dog Gift Guide – Gift Ideas For Dogs & Dog Lovers!

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Did you say holidays?

The festive season is here and so are the gifts it brings! You’ve zeroed in on the wish lists for everyone – from the little cousin who wants Ruskin Bond books to the nephew who demands a pet. But what about your little best friend who loves you more than anyone or anything in the whole wide world?

Gift Ideas for dogs

First and foremost, I am a four-legged friend. All I want for this festive season is your time. I don’t really have much use for fancy collars and leashes. I treasure your time and company more than any other gifts.

So with that aside, here are the other things that matter to dogs and the wonderful pet parents out there.

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Don’t forget your furry friends this holiday season!
  1. Dog food – Watch out for what you feed your dog. We can’t emphasize how important it is for the overall health and wellbeing of your dog. Here’s a ready reckoner on foods that are an absolute no for your dog.

We all know how much a furry friend love their treats. As you embark on a fresh new year, how about making a resolution to give your doggo healthy treats every day? This would make snacking a guilt-free regimen for pets as it contains the goodness of herbal actives which makes it both healthy and yummy for your pet!

2. Be a Santa for the strays – How about volunteering at a shelter near you or feeding the furry pals in your vicinity. After all, happiness is only real when shared.

Know of someone who’s looking to get a dog? Inspire them to adopt.

3. Pledge No Crackers – Remember Ted? Just like his fear of the thunder, dogs with their sensitive sense of hearing get uncomfortable around the noise of fireworks. Why not celebrate with dogs by pledging a noise-free New Year?

4. Take better care of your dogs in winter – Since the festive season comes with winters, you need to take extra care of your pets in this season. Here’s a guide on how to look after your dogs’ when the mercury drops to frigid temperatures.

5. Exercise with your dog – New Year comes with a fresh list of resolutions – hitting the gym, quitting smoking etc. How about including your dog in your fitness routine?h

Make it a point this year to spend more time in your dog’s company but taking him for exercise – it could be a jog in the neighborhood park, a trek that you take along with him or a sport that you two can play – fetching a tennis ball?

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Not only would it lead to happy bonding between you two, but it would also keep you guys’ in top fitness!

6. Take better selfies with your dog – What good is a social network sans those adorable pet pictures? However, it can be a tedious task to hold your best friend’s attention to the camera for that perfect shot. Our readers have shared this easy trick which can make pet photography easier.

Try holding your dog’s favorite toy or treat via a selfie stick or your fingers and rest assured of an incredible photo every time!

7. Watch a Movie with your dog – From Netflix to animations, there is an amazing treasure trove celebrating dogs. If you’re not sure where to begin, we’ve already compiled a list of some of our favorite doggo movies here.

Also, see this list of movies inspired by real-life good boys! And if you love the written word more, check this out.

Here’s wishing all of you wonderful pet parents out there a merry Christmas and a happy new year!

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