What types of treats can my dog eat?

Commercial treats from companies that you trust or homemade treats prepared with the guidance of a board-certified veterinary nutritionist, are of course, two options.

Veterinarians, including those from the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA), recommend fruits and vegetables because they’re high in nutrients and low in calories. Here are some choices that, fed in moderation, will do your dog’s body some good.

Apples

An apple a day may not keep the vet away, and that’s probably for the best— vets are really important!—but apples are great, and make a healthy snack for dogs. Apples are relatively high in fiber, which can aid in your dog’s digestion. They’re also a good source of antioxidants (vitamins A and C), which can help protect against free-radical damage. An added benefit: They can help remove residue from teeth to keep your dog’s mouth healthy and their breath fresh.

Caution: Apples contain amygdalin, a form of cyanide that’s poisonous if consumed. So always remove the seeds and core before offering them to your pup.

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