Dog treats are a lot like snack foods for people: Fun in moderation—as long as you pick ones that are made with clean, wholesome ingredients.
Problem is, most conventional dog treats don’t exactly fit that bill. It’s not uncommon for those store-bought biscuits and chews to contain sketchy additives, colors, or preservatives. (You didn’t think those bacon bites were naturally bright red, did you?) They also tend to be high in low-nutrition fillers that can make it easy for your pup to put on extra weight, says Carol Osborne, DVM, author of Naturally Healthy Dogs. Think corn, soy, and refined carbs. (Check out these 5 terrible ingredients in pet food.)
Of course, there are plenty of all-natural treats out there made with real ingredients. But they’re not exactly cheap—and there’s still no guarantee that you’ll be thrilled with the ingredients list. (Even natural treats can be high in sugar, after all.) Going the DIY route is easy and inexpensive, and you get to control exactly what goes into them. Plus, watching your pup happily gobble up a snack that you made from scratch will put a smile on your face—promise.
Here are 5 clean, simple recipes to try.
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