Healthy Homemade Dog Treats: Ingredients to Include

Homemade dog treats are easy to make and, with the right ingredients, can be very healthy for your dog. There are also some ingredients that you should be careful to avoid.

Ingredients That Are Bad for Dogs

  • Chocolate is toxic and dangerous for dogs.
  • Raisins and grapes are poisonous to dogs.
  • Onions have the ability to cause anemia so all onion products should be avoided to be safe.
  • Cheese and milk cause issues for sensitive dogs but they are not poisonous.
  • Liver is okay in small amounts but large amounts can cause vitamin A toxicity in your dog.
  • Macadamia nuts and walnuts contain toxins.
  • Potatoes themselves are fine but the green parts are toxic and dangerous.
  • Salt in large amounts may cause kidney issues.
  • Sugar can lead to hypoglycemia and tooth decay.
  • Artificial sweeteners are toxic to dogs.

Healthy Ingredients for Homemade Treats

Keeping in mind any exceptions listed in the ingredients to avoid, here are some good ideas for homemade dog treats:

  • All purpose baking flour or wheat, rice or barley flour.
  • Meats of all kinds. Chicken, turkey, beef, liver (in low quantities), salmon and venison.
  • Fruits and vegetables are full of beneficial vitamins and minerals.
  • Beneficial fats could be used even if your dog is on a diet.
  • Most dogs love peanut butter. Consider possible allergies to peanuts, and only use a little to limit sugar and fat intake.
  • Soy milk instead of whole milk for dogs with sensitive stomachs.