As pet parents, we are often confused about whether or not pet treats are healthy for our furry family, and safe to use as part of their diet. Treats for dogs can absolutely be a healthy and safe addition to your pet’s diet as long as the right treats are used and they are used in moderation.
When you are purchasing dog treats, there are three things to keep in mind to ensure that your treats are both healthy and safe for your pets.
Choose treats that are made in the USA from ingredients only sourced in America
The biggest safeguard in choosing safe dog treats is where your treats are made. Purchase dog treats that are not only made in the USA, but sourced from ingredients that are raised in the USA. This ensures that quality of your treats and gives you peace of mind that your treats are safe for your pets.
Look for wholesome, fresh, and easily recognizable ingredients
As with any food we eat, the fewer ingredients the better. This is also true for dog treats. Always look for wholesome, fresh, and easily recognizable ingredients, and make sure you choose treats that are free from wheat, preservatives, artificial colors, and artificial flavors.
Treats should be no more than 10-15% of your dogs diet
As healthy and safe as your dog treats are, they should still only make up less than 10-15% of your pets diet. Using safe dog treats in moderation, such as when you are training your pups, is always healthiest for your pet.
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