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Healthy treat hacks for your dog

Dog treats are great for helping train our pups or as a tasty thank you for our best friend, but one too many can lead to overweight pets as well as other potential health issues.

Luckily, we’re here to help and tell you that you don’t need to look much further than your own kitchen for some healthy, dog-friendly foods that can be used as alternatives to the usual dog treats.

Here’s our guide to dog-safe human foods that you could use instead:

Human foods your dog can eat safely

Finding a quick treat or crafting something for your pooch can be easy, as long as you have the right ingredients. Here are just some of the things you can feed your dog:

  • Apples (sliced and deseeded)
  • Bananas
  • Blueberries
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Cooked boneless lean meat (chicken, beef, or turkey)
  • Onion-free gravy for taste
  • Plain boiled rice
  • Plain, unprocessed oatmeal
  • Peanut butter (no xylitol)
  • Peas
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Strawberries
  • Sweetcorn
  • Watermelon chunks

Foods to avoid giving your dog

Unfortunately, not all food is pet-friendly so here are some foods that you’ll need to avoid to be sure you don’t accidentally poison your pooch:

  • Avocado
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine, coffee and tea
  • Corn on the cob (the cob can cause a blockage)
  • Cooked bones
  • Fat trimmings
  • Grapes, raisins and sultanas
  • Lemons and limes
  • Onions, garlic and chives
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Sweets or chocolate
  • Xylitol (an artificial sweetener)

Make your own dog treats

If you fancy making something for your dog to enjoy, why not attempt making some treats for your pooch to enjoy? To make a batch of homemade dog treats you’ll need:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 jar of carrot baby food
  • 313g flour

Mix the ingredients together and knead to ensure it’s all fully combined so that it’s slightly sticky and a little dry.  Roll the dough onto a floured surface and use your favourite cookie cutter to cut out the treats, and then bake at 180°C for 25 minutes.

Let them cool before you hand one over to your chief treat tester, but we bet they’ll love it!

Do you have any dog treat hacks? Don’t forget to share them with fellow owners on our

Before starting any new diet change for your dog, or if you have any concerns about what is suitable for your them, always consult a vet.

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Hello, lovely readers, I'm Catrin George. I'm a treat dispenser and walk giver to Marvel, the border collie. I'm here to give you the latest updates and low downs on anything and everything pet related, whether they miaow, woof, or neigh. The blogs will be filled with news, reviews, and charity visits with some discounts and giveaways squeezed in-between. So, keep your eyes peeled here!

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