Snacks: All the cool dogs are doing ‘em.
Actually, all the cool dogs are over-doing ‘em. It’s estimated that almost HALF the pet population is overweight. Everyday on our walks, see more pets in my neighborhood in need of a nutritional intervention and a little tough love. It’s time to lay off the Snausages and Milkbones. (They are smelly and gross and full of junk anyways.)
It’s no wonder our pets are over weight.
Many of the most popular dog treats are a calorie bonanza, serving up way more treat than is healthy. Most people don’t even know how many calories a day their dog should be getting n the first place. When did giving your dog a cookie become so complicated? The more relaxed pet food labeling standards make it really difficult to know just how many calories are in that canine cookie and it would take a math wiz to figure it out based on the information they give you.
I’m always a little amazed by the sky-high calorie counts.
I mean, I knew a lot of dog treats could be considered “junk food” but I never realized it was this bad – until I started to study canine nutrition. Dd you know there are:
- 300 calories in a large Dentabone
- 115 calories n a large Milkbone
- 25 calories in a Pupperoni or a Snausage
- a staggering 600 – 625 calories in a large Busy Bone or a Jumbone
- 30 calories n a Beggin’ Strip
- 45 calories n a T-Bonez Treat
That’s a whole lot of empty calories considering your dog would be just as happy, probably even happier, with some ridiculously easy to make, single ingredient real meat dog treats.
You can even make vegetable treats that dogs will love.
- 2 cups fresh or frozen green beans
- 1 cup Meat Munchie Dog Treats (find the recipe here) or Dog Jerky Treats (win some here)
- 1 tsp. olive oil
Preheat to 150F or get our your counter top dehydrator. (What?! You don’t have a counter top dehydrator?? Get one. They make the best dog treats.)