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22 Top Treat Choices That Don't Come From a Box

Giving your dog too many processed treats isn't unlike giving a human an endless supply of potato chips and candy. I believe the best treats are those that provide valuable nutrition to your pet while also serving as a special treat. How many of these healthy, fresh food choices have you tried?

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  • The best treats for dogs are human-grade whole foods, like bite-sized portions of meat, fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Generally speaking, the part of the fruit or vegetable that you would eat is the part that you can safely feed to your pet as a treat
  • Apples, avocado, mangos, blueberries, raspberries and peas are just several examples of healthy treats for dogs
  • Always remove the rind, pit, core, stem and seeds, and cut foods into bite-sized pieces to avoid a choking risk before feeding them to your pet
  • Treats should make up no more than 10% of your dog’s daily food intake — any more than that and you run the risk of overfeeding or unintentionally depriving your dog of other nutrients his body needs

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