Dog Treats – What to Look For

We all love giving treats to our dogs. Not only they are they a useful prop in training our furry friends, the excited look your pet gets on hearing the treat box rustle is simply delightful.

However, you do need to be a bit careful when choosing treats for your dog. Some ingredients can be harmful, and some manufacturers are less than ethical when it comes to manufacturing standards. If you don’t do due diligence and check that treats are suitable for canine consumption, it could end up having a negative health effect on your pet.

In this article, we take a look at the various factors that make a dog treat healthy. If you want to quickly jump to a pack of treats that’s guaranteed to meet all these standards, check out our very own Snoozzzeee Coookie Snax!

EU Approval

The EU have strict quality criteria when it comes to consumables sold in its countries, and this is no different for dog treats. When you purchase a pack of dog treats, double check to make sure it has an EU Approval Number on the side. This essentially serves as a guarantee that the manufacturing process and final product both meet EU guidelines for quality and safety. Snoozzzeee Dog has such an EU approval number on all of the cookies boxes.

Soy-Free

Many dog treat manufacturers use soy as a cheap alternative to meat protein. Unfortunately, it has no discernable health benefits and many dogs are actually allergic. Feeding dogs treats made from soy can also eventually lead to health issues associated with eating low-quality protein sources, such as listlessness and muscle loss. Check the ingredients list, and avoid if this is present. Snoozzzeee Dog does not use any soya proteins or animal products in its ingredients of its cookies Snax.

Low Salt Levels

Unfortunately, many dog treat manufacturers use a trick common to many human food manufacturers. They pack the treat with excess salt, making the final product tastier but unfortunately increasing the chance of health issues. Potential problems include increased heart rate, dry membranes and desire for excess water intake. A little salt is fine, but check any dog treats you buy to ensure it includes this in moderation. Snoozzzeee Dog Cookies are salt free.

No Added Sugar

Artificial sugar really has little benefit for your dog’s nutrition, and so should barely be present in treats. There’s a whole host of health issues associated with dogs ingesting excess sugar – tooth decay, arthritis and cataracts are just the tip of the iceberg. Be good to your pet, and make sure that any treats you buy have very low levels of sugar. Natural sugar sources are fine, as long as you follow basic nutrition guidelines when it comes to the amount of treats you feed your dog. Snoozzzeee Dog Cookies have no sugar in its Cookie Snax.

Corn-Free

Like soy, corn is often used as a meat protein substitute in dog treats. Also like soy, corn has practically no beneficial properties for dogs. Check the ingredients list, and make sure that any treats you buy don’t include corn as a primary ingredient. At best it will do nothing for your dog’s health, and at worst it is suspected to speed the rate of muscle loss in adult canines. Snoozzzeee Snax Cookies has no corn.

Quality Ingredients

Some ingredients are just simply better for dogs. Whole grains are excellent – if the treat contains oats as a primary ingredient it is likely to be good for your dog. Single source proteins such as lamb and chicken are also ideal – treats that utilise these as a prime nutritional ingredient are likely to be high quality and benefit your pet’s health.

And now a few points that you need to take into account as an individual owner:

Calorie Count

Treats form a fun part of a dog’s diet, and can be great in motivating them. However, don’t go overboard. Treats should only form 10% of your dog’s daily calorie intake. Any more, and your dog is likely to experience long-term negative health effects. Be responsible as an owner, and make sure that treats are making up a small part of your dog’s daily food intake, rather than a substantial portion.

Treat Texture

Take account of your dog’s breed, age and dental state when it comes to buying dog treats. Small and elderly dogs certainly need to be given soft treats, or trying to eat will cause them undue distress and possible damage to their teeth. Even large dogs in prime health might have personal preferences when it comes to treat texture – try a few different options, and see what they enjoy most!

Allergies

Like humans, dogs are susceptible to individual allergies. Getting to know these allergies is part and parcel of a lifetime spent in your dog’s company, and there is always going to be the occasional unpleasant surprise. However, make sure you check the ingredients list on any dog treats pack to make sure it doesn’t contain anything your dog has a history with. If – after giving your dog a new treat – it starts to show any symptoms associated with allergy, discontinue giving them the treat immediately.

And that’s about it! Remember, taking responsibility for your dog’s eating habits is one of the most important parts of being a pet owner, so do your due diligence and check the quality of anything you are putting into your dog’s body. A healthy diet means a happy dog and treats are no different. There are so many healthy and tasty options for dog treats available these days, that there is really no reason not to spend an extra five minutes checking the quality of anything you buy.

Have you got questions about the best treat option for your dog? Maybe you’ve taken a look at our Snoozzzeee Cookie Snax, and have some questions? If so, contact our friendly team at sales@snoozzzeeedog.com or call us on 01270 660 966. We’ll be happy to help!