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Healthy dog treats should be tasty and wholesome, with only premium 'good-for-your-dog' ingredients, but finding the right ones can a bit of a challenge.
There are so many different types of treats that it can be tricky to figure out which ones not only taste good to your pup - but ARE good for him too.
With formulas to suit puppies, 'seniors', training, vegetarian diets, health conditions, dental care, allergies and so on, there's quite literally something for dog.
But do stay away from anything highly colored, artificially flavored, or with high fat, salt or sugar content because they're bad news for your pet.
On this page you'll find:
Just scroll down to find all the tips and advice you need to choose healthy treats that your pup will love....
Only Natural Pet HealthTreats Poultry Crispies Dog and Cat Treats Chicken Crispies
Crunchy, bite-sized natural dog treats made from 100% USDA cage free chicken. Oven baked.
No antibiotics, steroids or hormones. No grains, gluten or fillers. Available in chicken and turkey flavors.
Wellness Pure Rewards Chicken & Lamb
Natural moist, protein-packed jerky treats that contain 95% real meat (no by-products). Grain free, wheat free, no artificial ingredients.
Can be broken/torn into even smaller pieces making these ideal dog training treats.
Also available in beef, venison and lamb, venison varieties.
Newman's Own Dog Training Treats Chicken & Rice 6 Pack
Tasty treat 'sticks' that can easily be broken up into half-a-dozen small pieces. Tasty, wholesome and easy to handle... the perfect dog training treats.
Natural, organic ingredients - no corn, wheat or artificial colors/preservatives.
High protein, low fat, easily digestible and gentle on the tummy. Great choice.
Etta Says! Freeze-Dried Treats Beef Liver Treats
Voted the 'Best Treat' in CityDog Magazine's readers choice poll.
Tasty, freeze-dried meaty dog training treats made from premium, human-grade ingredients.
Grain free, no fillers or artificial additives or preservatives. Soft without being crumbly - perfect for puppies or older dogs.
Available in 3 flavors - beef liver; lambs liver; chicken liver
If a treat in the table below has a pawprint in the 'Health' column, you can hover your mouse over it to see which condition it is suitable for.....
|Only Natural Poultry Crispies|
|Wellness Pure Rewards|
|Natural Balance Healthy Bones|
|Wellness 'Just For Puppy'|
|Newman's Own Training Treats|
|Only Natural' Fresh Kisses'|
|Dogswell Minis for Vitality|
|ZiwiPeak 'Good Dog' Treats|
|Freeze-Dried Liver Treats|
|Planet Dog Seafood Treats|
|Dogswell Happy Hips Dog Treats|
|Greenies Dental Chews|
|Ark Naturals 'Brushless-Toothpaste'|
|Zukes Hip Action Treats|
|Dogswell Happy Heart Treats|
|Cinna-bone Functional Foodz|
|Dyna-Bone Functional Foodz|
|Sojos Grain-Free Treats|
|WildSide Grain Free Dog Treats|
|Barkwheats Grain Free Biscuits|
|Honest Kitchen Ice Pups Treats|
|Justin's Organic Peanut Butter|
Your puppy or dog isn't going to be getting most of his nutrition from treats, but the ingredients are still very important, and the 'rules' that apply to making the best puppy food choices hold true for choosing dog treats too.
You don't want to fill your pup full of 'junk' and artificial stuff, you want to see healthy, wholesome ingredients!
Ingredients you want to see in healthy dog treats......
Natural or organic ingredients
Single high-quality protein sources (meat/fish)
Age-appropriate or health-condition appropriate formulas
'Puppy' treats or 'Senior' treats
Look for special treats suitable for dogs with diabetes, arthritis or those who are overweight etc.
Older dogs or very young puppies may prefer soft treats, others love the crunchy ones
Some of the best healthy dog treats are fortified with added vitamins (such as Vitamins A or E) or contain Omega fatty acids, Glucosamine and Chondroitin (for joint health) etc.
Treats especially designed to help freshen breath or clean your pups' teeth are good for occasional use, but shouldn't be used as training treats.
Treats with a low calorie count are healthy, and good for puppies and dogs of all ages!
Ingredients to avoid.....