Healthy dog treats, what to look for - Part 3

Wednesday, 24 October 2018  |  Kate

Know Your Healthy Dog Treats

All dogs should be able to enjoy a healthy, natural dog treat once in a while but lots dogs have specific requirements that preclude them from enjoying most mainstream dog treats. We have many different treat ranges for dogs with special dietary requirements so you can pick out something they'll really enjoy.

Wheat and gluten allergies can make finding treats a real hassle so ALL our dog treats are wheat and gluten free. We have a selection of vegetarian dog treats available as well for those dogs that are intolerant to meat. We have many kinds of treats to chose from including a range of natural dog biscuits.

Finding treats for dogs with allergies is also a common complaint amongst dog owners so all of our dog treats at My Itchy Dog are hypoallergenic meaning there is a treat you dog is sure to love.

Avoid Toxins and Cooked Bone

There are foods we eat that can be fatal to our dogs so it's best to avoid feeding your dog the following

  • Avocadoes - contain Persin, a fungicidal toxin that can poison dogs and cause diarrhoea and vomiting.
  • Chocolate - contains Theobromine, fatal in a high doses and the smaller the dog. Dark chocolate contains the highest levels to theobromine.
  • Grapes and Raisins - found to cause renal (kidney) failure in dogs.
  • Macadamia Nuts - known to cause a toxic reaction called macadamia nut toxicosis in dogs so steer clear.
  • Onions - known to cause anaemia in dogs.
  • Xylitol- a sweetener found in sweets chewing gum and toothpaste. If a dog eats xylitol it can elevate blood pressure and even cause seizures.

Finally, cooked animal bones are to be avoided at all costs! When bones are cooked they become brittle and pieces can break off when they're chewed. If these pieces are swallowed they can puncture vital organs with can be fatal.

Make Your Own Treats

There are several benefits to making your own dog treats. If your dog has allergies or a food intolerance then you can avoid their triggers by making dog treats so they can enjoy their treats in peace. Every dog is different so it can be hard to find treats that are specifically tailored to your dog's dietary requirements. If you make your own treats you'll know exactly what's going into your dog's goodies which can be difficult when buying commercial dog treats.

If you'd like be able to understand the jargon on pet food labels read our free guide. You will also find plenty of healthy dog treat and dog dinner recipes in my bestselling book The Dog Diet