What ingredients should I avoid in my dog's treats and chews?
Healthy dog treats require both simple ingredients and nutrition.
"What ingredients should I avoid in my dog's treats and chews?"
First of all, it is very important to talk with your vet first. And Calgary veterinarian Julie Schell agrees. “We know and understand your pets’ needs. Each pet, depending on life stage or disease, requires certain ingredients."
Dog Treat Ingredients
The primary dog treat ingredient tip: avoid dog treats with ingredients containing artificial flavours or colours as this can contribute to allergies and digestive issues. A treat with 1 to 5 easy to understand ingredients can make a big difference. Look for real, human-food ingredients.
Dog Treat Nutrition
Just like food for kids, our dogs need treats that are both healthy and have a nutritional value. Not all 'gluten-free' stuff is good for them, nor is too much protein. Depending on their age and life-cycle, our dogs have different needs. A tasty and nutritional dog treat will have the nutritional values listed on their packaging.
As a dog lover of a pet with allergies, we made the switch to simple, all natural ingredients without fillers or preservatives. So far, this has made quite a difference. 'Atlas' went from constantly scratching at his eyes, nose and ears until he caused sores, to finally being able to eat dog treats without allergy symptoms. And he loves them!
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See Dr. Schell’s Global News interview here: https://globalnews.ca/video/rd/1019882563573/?jwsource=cl Veterinarian Julie Schell discusses some common pet food ingredients to avoid and how to read food labels.