Healthy dog treats - 4 tips to help you choose the right one

2 CommentsWednesday, 27 February 2019  |  Kate

Healthy dog treats – everything you need to know.

All dogs love a treat but when is a natural dog treat not a natural dog treat? Here is everything you need to know about healthy dog treats and how to spot one.

Choose the right ingredients

If you know your dog doesn’t like certain flavours, or can’t eat a particular food, and maybe needs wheat gluten free dog treats then stick with a single ingredient treat. Listed below are our best sellers by a country mile, they come all shapes and sizes to suit all dogs. Our most popular include:

Always read the label.

When looking for healthy dog treats my golden rules are: Reject the hype on the front and flip that packet over to the ingredients list. Always buy treats made in the UK or EU from ingredients grown or raised there and NEVER buy treats made in China, or the US for that matter. We make the best treats right here.

Ingredients to avoid and those to embrace:

Awful ingredients
Never buy a treat which lists it’s ingredients by category – meat and animal derivatives, derivatives of vegetable origin, oils and fats, and sugars for example.

Fabulous ingredients
Always choose a treat with a clear list of recognisable foods – oats, egg, parsley; duck, sweet potato and flaxseed; or yak’s milk, cow’s milk, lime juice, salt.

Ingredients you could buy in the supermarket, although I admit the yak’s milk it a bit of a stretch.

Where to get the best dog treats

From us! My Itchy Dog has the largest range of healthy dog treats anywhere in the UK, possibly Europe. Our range is constantly evolving and there’s a treat to suit every breed, size and dietary requirement. All our treats are wheat gluten free, don’t contain any added sugars or added colours, preservatives and flavours.

Choosing a functional treat

If you’re looking for a functional dog treat with added supplements e.g. for bones and joints, or skin and coat be aware that unless there’s enough of the functional ingredient in the treat it won’t make much difference to your dog’s condition.

If enough glucosamine and chondroitin (for joints) is added it may help with a mild problem. For long term or moderate to severe conditions, arthritis or itchy skin for example then you’re better off with a good supplement and the treats to compliment it. Functional treats are great in and of themselves and can certainly help as an add on. Gnawrolls for teeth plus duck and neem treats for itchy skin will go down a treat (sorry, couldn’t help myself.)

It makes me sad to see owners throwing good money at unhealthy treats containing cheap ingredients simply because the marketing is so good. It’s not the customers fault, companies like Pedigree dog treats have more money to throw at advertising than just about anyone. It’s time that stopped.

If dog food is your thing and you’d also like to know what the ingredients on pet food labels mean here’s our piece on just that. You will also find plenty of healthy dog treat and dog dinner recipes in my bestselling book The Dog Diet.

Tracy Wedge
Tuesday, 23 April 2019  |  14:47

Could you recommend a low fat treat for a dog with kidney disease and a high fat intolerance? She also has IVDD, epilepsy and dementia she is nearly 15 but would love something she could sit and gnaw as I worry for her quality of life as she cannot walk far these days thank you

Tuesday, 30 April 2019  |  14:51

Hi Tracy

For a low fat treat she can gnaw on, I'd probably suggest something veggie. Have a look at our Soopapet Dental sticks in either Carrot and Pumpkin, Peanut Butter and Banana or Kale and Apple flavours: