I have an overweight dog, but she loves treats and I want to reward her for good behavior. What is the best “cookie” to give her that will be healthy, too? – Jenny W.
I have been saying for years that raw green beans and raw carrots are a very good substitute for dog treats. It is amazing the amount of calories that can be cut out of a dogs diet by cutting back on the amount of treats they are given on a daily basis. I am also a big fan of treats that help minimize dental disease as well. Of course, nothing substitutes regular brushing of your dog’s teeth, but there are a number of treats and dry food on the market that are formulated to help remove dental tartar/plaque. I have no personal connection to any certain brand, but Hill’s Veterinary Diet makes a food called T/D. It seems to be palatable for dogs while at the same time working as an abrasive to help remove tartar from dogs’ teeth.
It is always a good idea to keep up on recalls in veterinary medicine. Recently there have been numerous implications about certain types of jerky treats causing serious illness and even death in dogs. Check the FDA website for recall information to ensure that no products you are giving your pets are currently under watch or have been recalled by the government.
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