Here at v-dog, we know it’s irresistible when our dogs squeal with joy and perk their ears at just the sound of “treat” - or a word that rhymes with it. Plus, treats are effective training tools and sweet ways to show affection to our pets (pun intended). But it’s also important to note that there can definitely be too much of a good thing. In fact, some studies show that more than 50 percent of dogs are overweight or obese, and a big culprit in this statistic is - you guessed it - too many treats.
According to Cummings Veterinary Medical Center at Tufts University, many treats are loaded with potentially harmful bacteria, unnecessary calories, and other ingredients that can upset your dog’s stomach. Luckily, there is no shortage of ways to treat your dogs with nourishing dog snacks that are made with their health in mind.
From homemade recipes with superfoods to our v-dog wiggle biscuits - we’re sharing wholesome and healthy options you can be proud to serve your dog. See below for dog treats and snacks for easy nourishment on the go!
Yum On-The-Run: The Best Wholesome & Healthy Dog Treats
1. Wiggle Biscuits: Peanut Butter & Blueberry Dog Treats
Our wiggle biscuits check all the boxes! They come in two flavors: blueberry and peanut butter, and no matter which you choose they’re packed with organic, non-GMO, and 100 percent plant-based ingredients. They’re also less than 10kcal per treat - and each bag comes with approximately 100 biscuits. You’ll be stocked for quite some time! We’re also proud to partner with rePurpose Global to remove twice as much plastic from nature as we use to make our treat bags. Learn more about our commitment to being plastic negative.
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2. Breathbones: Sweet Potatoes, Carrots, and Chia Seeds
We combine sweet potatoes, carrots, chia seeds, broccoli, and even more nutritious ingredients to make our v-dog breathbones. They’re hard chews that become soft and break apart as your dog licks and chows down, so they’ll keep your dog busy and full of feel-good fuel. You can order them in two sizes: mini (69kcal) and regular (122 kcal).
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3. Vegan Pumpkin Dog Treats (Recipe)
Give your dog a good source of nutrients and fiber with Vegan Pumpkin Dog Treats. They’re made with banana, pumpkin puree, oats, and flaxseed. Flavorful, healthy, and easy to whip up in a pinch!
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4. Fresh Breath Dog Cookies (Recipe)
These Fresh Breath Dog Cookies will give your pup’s mouth a much-loved refresh. Between the mint and parsley, they’ll make your BFF’s kisses extra enjoyable after a few bites of these yummy treats!
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5. Baked Tempeh Strips (Recipe)
The perfect balance of sweet and savory, these homemade Baked Tempeh Strips are made with only a handful of ingredients including tempeh, olive oil, and maple syrup. Your dog will love all the flavor and chewiness!
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Are dog treats good for dogs?
As mentioned above, it’s important to serve treats in moderation. They’re called treats for a reason! There’s a common “10 percent rule” that essentially means treats shouldn’t make up more than 10 percent of your dog’s diet. However, we know this number can be a bit fuzzy. We suggest chatting with your veterinarian to hear their specific recommendation for how many treats your dog should consume. Your dog’s age, size, breed, and individual issues will play a role in this number.