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Choosing Healthy Dog Treats for Your Pet

Now a majority of people are concerned about the type of food they give their dogs. Dogs have definitely become part of the family and as such most people want to feed them food that is healthy. The same goes for dog treats. Most of us give our dogs treats for one reason or another, as a reward for good behavior, for training purposes, or just because we love them!

For many years the old fashioned milk bone was the treat of choice for most dog owners. Nowadays, there is much more variety when it comes to choosing healthiest doggie treats. You can now find gourmet dog treats that are delicious as well as healthy with ingredients that are good for your dog. These healthy treats will most likely cost you more than the cheaper, less healthy treats.

It can definitely save you money in the long term. If you feed your dog healthy food and treats, they are more likely to have fewer health problems and therefore you will have fewer vet bills. It is really not that much different than with people. The food we put into our bodies plays a major role in our health. Why wouldn't it be the same for our dogs?

Confusion can set in though with the large variety of gourmet dog treats to choose from on the market today. So how do you choose a good dog treat? How do you know which are the healthiest? Here are some tips for choosing a healthy dog treat.

1. Look at the Ingredients

This is probably the most important thing you can do. Don't think you can ignore the ingredients just because it's only a treat. Treats play a significant part in most dogs' diets. You want to look for all-natural or organic dog treats. They should be made with natural or organic ingredients. Look for treats made with whole grains such as oats or brown rice and single-source proteins like chicken or beef. 

2. Calorie Count

Make sure you look at the calories of the treat. An overweight dog is an unhealthy dog and you will end up paying more in vet bills later on if you indulge your dog with fatty treats. Luckily, most healthy dog treats take calorie count into consideration, and therefore most are low in fat and calories.