Offering your pet some tasty treats is a great reward whenever they do something good but it can also be a way for you two to bond and to simply make him happy.
There are those who use treats as a distraction when they want their pet to stay occupied for some time and there’s nothing wrong with that, as long as it’s not too often. It’s important, especially at the beginning of your relationship, to vary the treats you’re offering in order to learn what kinds are your pet’s favourite – just like among people, pets can have different tastes. And remember about moderation – for many animals, it’s impossible to get enough when it comes to eating so it should be your job to know where to stop.
Here are some ideas for magical treats to offer to your pets:
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1. Peanut Butter Treats
Not many people know that peanut butter is actually completely harmless for dogs and, what’s more, they really love its taste. One of the best things you can do for your pet is a peanut butter popsicle.
Mix one cup of peanut butter (no salt nor sugar, ideally) with mashed banana and some water, then freeze it on wax paper or in a form or a toy. You can give it to your dog when it’s frozen – it will truly please him and cool him when it’s hot.
Peanut butter is a tasty source of protein, heart-healthy fats, vitamin B, niacin, and vitamin E. Only make sure that you don’t use an artificially sweetened peanut butter – particularly xylitol is extremely poisonous for dogs.
2. CBD Treats
CBD has been growing in popularity these days and not only among people. The vets are mostly being moderate but pet owners got crazy about Cannabidiol, and for a reason.
There are no contraindications when it comes to animals and CBD, as long as you don’t let your pet overuse. Moderately applied, it can help with anxiety, chronic pain and inflammation, arthritis and many various health issues.
Many people decide on CBD oil but not all pets are fine with applying the oil on their tongues or directly into the food. Though it’s the most effective way to get CBD into your pet’s system, you can try different ways, for example, CBD gummies that come in a variety of flavours – peanut butter or bacon one can turn out to be not only beneficial but also tasty and pleasing.
Navigate to this website to know more about it and choose the best kind of a treat for your best friend.
3. Sweet Potato Jerky
It’s an option if you really care about what you’re feeding to your pet – you can actually control what he’s eating. Buy or grow some potatoes, scrub them clean, cut into strips and bake in an oven for a couple of hours until they’re crispy.
Sweet potatoes are perfectly safe for dogs and they bring a lot of health benefits as well, for example, they support a healthy digestive system. What’s more, they’re low in fat, naturally sweet (hence, tasty) and full of essential vitamins – A, B6 and C.
Just remember to be moderate when it comes to sweet potatoes – too much of a vitamin A can cause bone and muscle weakness, plus if you don’t bake them enough, you can cause some digestive problems to your dog.
If you want something that is as healthy as sweet potatoes but even lower on calories, you can use pumpkin which is full of carotenoids, beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, zinc, iron, potassium, and vitamin A, and can help you with your dog’s upset stomach.
4. Catnip Grow Kit
Every cat lover knows that catnip is the best gift you can get for your beloved pet. And there’s no need to buy some from time to time – you can grow it and keep your cat happy (moderately). Plus, you will be sure that what you’re giving to your best friend is fresh and healthy (no pesticides and other supplements).
Watermelon is 92% water so it’s a perfect treat to keep your pet hydrated during the heat waves and, because of its taste, it will be a tasty thing to make him happy; plus it’s packed with potassium and various vitamins so it can also give your pet strength he may need to run around.
You have to bear in mind, though, that watermelon seeds (just like apples) are no good for animals’ digestive system – they can cause intestinal blockage and other digestion issues.
These are only some of the many ideas of treats that you can offer to your pets. It’s important to try various things in order to find these that your best friend will actually enjoy. Be generous, but also reasonable and moderate – it will make you both happy and allow you to strengthen your bond.