Simple, as in one-ingredient!
We all know the healthiest foods are sometimes the simplest of things. Below is a listing of healthy and tasty fruits and vegetables you can feed your dog as treats or snacks.
Today I decided to dehydrate a couple bananas and a sweet potato for my Terrier-mixes, Eva and Mitzi.
Banana: Dogs can eat bananas in moderation. Bananas are a good source of potassium, manganese, vitamin B6, vitamin C, fiber, biotin and copper. Bananas are low in sodium and cholesterol, but due to the sugar content in bananas, dogs should only eat them as a treat, and not as a regular part of their diets.
Pumpkin: Good source of fiber as well as beta-carotene/vitamin A. It can help keep the GI tract moving and can aid with digestive issues.
Apple Slices: Help to clean residue off a dog’s teeth, which helps to freshen her breath. Apples are a good source of fiber as well as vitamin A and C. Make sure to take out the seeds and the core before feeding to your dog, as these can be choking hazards.
Green Beans: Make a great treat for your dog since they are filling and low in calories. Select beans that have no added salt.
Baby Carrots: Good for a dog’s teeth, carrots are low calorie and high in fiber and beta carotene/vitamin A.
Sweet Potatoes: Sweet potato is safe for dogs, and can provide them a range of health benefits (and a sweet flavor they’ll love). Sweet potatoes are great for digestive health because they’re high in dietary fiber. They’re also low in fat and contain vitamin B6, vitamin C, and manganese.
Dehydrated, boiled or raw is up to your, your dog and your kitchen.
Plus, a bag of dog treats is expensive! Look at how delicious these are?!
I have had my dehydrator for around five years now and it’s still going strong:
If a dehydrator is not up your alley, no worries, you can dehydrate them in the oven at 200°F until they are done; time depends on how thick you cut them.
These are just a few of the human foods that you can toss your dog’s way. Remember to try them in small amounts. If your dog experiences any sort of reaction, immediately consult a veterinarian. Before giving your dog any people food, do your research to make sure it’s safe. Never feed your dog toxic human items such as: chocolate, onions, grapes, raisins, yeast dough, artificial sweeteners, macadamia nuts, avocados, alcohol, or coffee. Consult your veterinarian with any questions on what is safe and what is harmful.
What is your dog’s favorite food? Share it with me in the comments.