One of the most important thing that one has to keep in mind is dogs are not humans. Like humans, 6 meals are necessary for them but in small amounts. It is a must to serve them with healthy and tasty foods as much as possible. We all know that some people have the habit of serving the usual left over foods to the pets. But it must be avoided as it makes the pets devoid of the nutritional values.
Dos and Don’ts
There are certain things that you need to keep in mind while serving your dog:
- The aroma, texture and shapes are some of the important features that enhance the appetite of dogs. So, you can consider mixing up certain food stuffs of different shapes, aroma and texture as it may seem adventurous for your dog.
- Certain dog foods or therapeutic foods are formalized according to specific life stage and health conditions. So you must avoid mixing up therapeutic foods without consulting a vet as it may have negative impact on the health of your dog.
- You can consider mixing up canned and dry foods available for dogs as it enhances the flavor of the food as well as increases moisture content. Adding water to dry kibble may also be considered as one of the healthy treats for dogs.
Dogs are also fond of fruits and veggies if they are served in a tastier way. The veggies, low calorie, also considered as vitamin and minerals packed stuffs proves as a great alternative to dog biscuits. So you can also encourage your dogs to have veggies and fruits.
On the other hand, garlic, grapes, raisins, onions, tomatoes, fruits with pits such as cherries, plums, and nuts must be avoided completely as some of them contain chemical compounds and properties that are toxic to the dogs.
Apart from fruits and veggies, you can also serve meat as dogs are quite fond of it.
Best way to serve the treats
The best way is to steam or bake the foods, cut them into small pieces and feed them in small amounts. You can mash the fruits and veggies and make a puree and serve it to your dog.
Thus, it is extremely important to have an idea of healthy treats for dogs in order to maintain their proper health. If you ever notice any change in appetite, eating habits, food preferences and weight of your dog, you must not delay and immediately consult a vet.