How can dog treats be vital for healthy puppies?

August 8, 2016 at 6:00 am
Dog treats

Conventional wisdom tells us we should follow everything our vet tells us. I should know as I raised my current dog for the first year of his life mostly on wheat-based kibble pellets.

The reasoning is that all legal dog food meats the minimum level of AAFCO nutrition table standards, but these tables never address bio availability or nutrition for immune systems.

  1. Dog food companies will tell you that you must use their grain based product for the first year of a dog’s life because it is vital to their health.
    Scientific studies show that the main reason for doing this is that it limits the dog’s taste buds for recognising components of that food (mostly grain and a small portion of meat) as what food is. This makes it difficult for a dog to choose not only other manufactured dog food, but especially raw and meat-based food and treats.
    Women are told to eat a varied and healthy diet when pregnant and to introduce new foods to the baby, the same applies to your dog!
  2. If you don’t like feeding your dog raw meat (which when human grade is 100% safe), then dried meat dog treats are often the next best thing to expanding your dog’s nutrition base.  Meat based treats will have a varied protein profile much closer to the type of food their ancestors, the wolves, ate. If they have been fed grain-based dog food for a long time, you will need to introduce meat and meat treats slowly until your dog’s digestion processes catch up with natural food.
  3. Wild dogs and wolves didn’t eat grain as a major proportion of their diet. Instead, they would get accidental ingestion as part of eating the stomach. Puppies would often be left the juiciest and softest parts of the animal after the leader of the pack had their share, but they would also be given things like bones to eat and play with.
    Dried small bones are dangerous to domestic dogs because they can splinter and not all domestic dogs have incredible jaw strength. However raw small or large bones and large properly dried bones are an ideal dog treat for all dogs, including puppies. It’s important to observe how they eat them the first few times they do so.
    Besides supplying naturally balanced phosphorus, calcium and glucosamine for joint support and pain relief, bones enable puppies to use their milk teeth on something natural rather than toys that can break. Bones will clean a dog’s teeth from kibble crumbs that will cause tooth decay and they will also strengthen their gums.  Gum decay is a major source of dog tooth loss.
  4. As mentioned in my last blog, dog food tends to be low in meat and just enough to reach the dog food labelling requirements. Many breeds, especially puppies require a lot of animal protein for a healthy growth processes.
    I understand most people will by packaged dog food from major corporations and never consider a raw diet. However, feeding a dog some raw meat, cooked meat or meat-based dog treats is an excellent way of adding nutrition into their diet.

BIO:  Bruce Dwyer researches and sources healthy meat based dog treats in Australia for his own dog and others. From an original career in Electronic engineering his analysis and research skills had him well sort after in Corporate Australia until he chose to concentrate on the dog service industry. His company ‘Healthy Dog Treats’ has been in business since 2011 and was based on finding the best dog food natural supplement nutrition for his own dog (Archie the 8 year old Spoodle). Archie not only approves of the selections but is featured on many videos on site trialling these ‘treats’.  Understanding that people also enjoy dog treat news and free dog treat coupons he has a weekly email newsletter that can be subscribed on his site. Bruce is also a professional dog walker and besides his regular blog on his main website his daily dog walk adventure images and videos and dog treat news can be found on these places: | Facebook: HealthyDogTreatsShop  | Twitter: DogTreatMan |  Google+ HealthydogtreatsAu1