The Benefits of Feeding Natural Dog Treats
There’s no doubt we all aim to ensure our dogs have a nutritious diet without the hidden nasties such as additives, fillers, or unrecognisable ingredients. Over time 100% Natural Dog Treats have become increasingly popular and their health benefits cannot be faltered. However, due to the plethora of treats on the market choosing the healthiest can be a minefield.
At 4 Paws and More we work hard to ensure our 100% natural treats are high quality, locally sourced, traceable, nutritious and provide the following health benefits:
Natural dog treats are free from the hormones, antibiotics, artificial and low-quality ingredients that many animals are given to aid muscle development, growth and prevent illness. Giving your pet treats that derive from these animals can lead to antibiotic immunity and hyperactivity. Our Buffalo range is sourced from Free Range Buffalo that are 100% Grass-fed and Hormone Free.
Food allergies in dogs can present as itching, red skin, chronic ear infections, and discoloration of the feet. Natural treats can prevent the triggering of allergens and the discomfort that is caused by them. Opting for grain and gluten free treats will minimise the risk of inflammation and aid digestion. For example, rabbit ears with fur, sausages and buffalo pizzle.
Low in Fat and Calories
In recent years, obesity has become the most common nutritional disorder in pets and can lead to a variety of related health problems as well as shortened life span. Natural treats contain fewer calories and have a lower fat content than many of the popular brands on the market. We all love to praise our dogs with their favourite treats and nothing is more rewarding than doing so knowing that we are contributing positively to their health and longevity. Some examples are beef trachea, puffed ears and our Antos range.
At a closer look at many commercial treats it is evident that fillers (carbs), artificial sweeteners, additives, preservatives and ‘derivatives of’ are amongst the ingredients. These all have a negative impact on your dog’s overall health, including their weight, teeth, gums and coat. All our natural treats and selection boxes consist of minimal, high quality ingredients with none of the nasties. They are high in protein sources and contain a balanced amount of fibre, fat and oils.
Promote Healthy Teeth & Gums
Any dog owner will tell you their dog loves to chew, even more so as a teething puppy, so keeping them satisfied doesn’t have to include plastic toys, shoes or table legs! Many treats today contain artificial sweeteners and harmful chemicals that can have a negative impact on your dog’s oral health. Natural treats, such as pigs ears and pizzles, can assist in removing plaque, tartar and food build-up in the oral cavity.
Promote Healthy Skin, Coat and Nails
Natural dog treats such as hooves contain Keratin. Keratin is a tough, non-mineralized protein which is found in hair, nails, claws, hooves and horns. Keratin helps promote healthy skin, coat and nails.
Natural dog treats such as Beef Paddywack, Chicken Feet, Duck Feet and Pig Snouts are high in glucosamine, chondroitin and/or collagen. These are known to help support joints, prevent and reduce the pain/inflammation caused by conditions such as arthritis. Helping a dog stay mobile leads to more ability to exercise, thereby improving strength.
Healthy, Active Brain Function
Natural treats that contain Omega-3 can support puppies’ underdeveloped immune systems in fighting off illnesses and infections and improve cognitive functions, memory and learning ability in growing dogs. Omega-3 can control inflammation, assist wound healing, support stiff aching joints and alleviate some symptoms that develop from degenerative diseases.
Canine Enrichment and Mental Well-Being
Natural treats can facilitate canine enrichment daily and prevent negative behaviours manifesting from boredom. From spreading on a LickiMat, cutting sausages into small pieces to use as a reward or scent work to long-lasting Yak Snacks, Antlers and Hooves there are endless options. In addition, natural treats promote effective digestion, reduce risk of disease, build immunity and improve energy levels.
Improved Quality of Life & Longevity
3.3 million dog owners admit to feeding unhealthy treats (crisps, cake, cheese, chips, takeaways and chocolate) every day which accounts for 46% of dogs being overweight. Opting for natural dog treats can increase life expectancy by preventing conditions such as obesity and the resulting co-morbidities, poor dental health, poor skin/coat/nail condition and behavioural issues. Natural dog treats have a pivotal role, in addition to a balanced diet, exercise and stimulation, in helping your dog remain healthy and happy for a long time to come. The saying ‘you are what you eat’ has never been so true.
We hope this has helped you understand the benefits of feeding 100% Natural Dog Treats.
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