Dogs and cats will like finding these treats in their holiday stockings
Crunchy? Chewy? No matter a pet’s preference, surprise them with a sweet or savory present.
With the holidays just around the corner, dogs and cats everywhere will look forward to the treats left in their stockings.
But with so many options on the market — from natural chews to those with nutritional supplements — it can be hard to know which is the best choice for your pet. Here are some suggestions for gifting — or for surprising them any time of the year.
Treats for dogs
Dogs enjoy spending time with their treats — lying in the corner, chewing on a bully stick for hours — but they also like smaller, bite-sized morsels that they receive as rewards.
• Crunchy treats
Few dogs can resist munching on biscuits and other baked goodies — especially when they are flavored with meat, chicken or peanut butter. In addition to packing a powerful crunch, these treats can help dogs clean their teeth and gums. But not all crunchy treats are the same. Give your dog the best by providing options that have all-natural ingredients and are fortified with vitamins.
• Gourmet treats
While most dogs won’t realize the difference between a packaged treat and one from a pet-friendly baker, it doesn’t matter. Owners like gourmet goodies just as much — if not more — than their dogs, and can choose from a wide range. Some are shaped as holiday cookies while others resemble cupcakes. Best of all, many of these treats are made in Michigan, which ensures high quality and freshness — not to mention helping to support local businesses.
• Bully sticks and natural chews
Bully sticks and other all-natural chews are a pet favorite — full of flavor and able to provide a long-lasting experience. Consider your dog’s size when purchasing. Large dogs should have large sticks and chews, while smaller pups should have size-appropriate ones as well.
• Dental and hard chews
Products such as Greenies dental treats help to control bad breath, remove plaque and give your dog something to chew on for a while. These treats, which come in a variety of different flavors, are recommended by vets for at-home oral care. Look for those with ingredients that incorporate natural enzymes to break down tartar and reduce bad breath — those without these ingredients will only mask the problem. Also be sure to find the right size for your dog. They usually come in small, medium and large.
• Dehydrated treats
Dehydrated dog treats might not look appealing — but for dogs, they taste wonderful. Choose from a wide selection of foods including sweet potato, lamb lungs, cod skins and banana.
• Chewy treats
Few dogs can resist chewy sticks, bacon strips and steak-shaped treats — especially those made with real beef, bacon, liver, cheese or even filet mignon. A bag of these makes a perfect stocking stuffer, but be sure to reward your pet with them sparingly — too many at one time can lead to weight gain.
• Frozen treats
Although frozen concoctions such as dog ice cream shouldn’t be left in the stocking overnight, they do make a wonderful midday treat. And despite being called ice cream, they’re often packed with protein and vitamins. Look for those that don’t have added sugar or artificial flavors.
• Treats with supplements
Ideal for older dogs and those prone to joint issues, treats that have supplements such as glucosamine can help with joint health.
Treats for cats
No matter which treat you choose, there is one that every cat will enjoy. From catnip and cat grass to soft chews, cats will enjoy finding one — or more — in their stockings.
Whether you grow it yourself or purchase it from a pet store, catnip entices almost every curious feline. Some cats even prefer when it is stuffed inside their toys. You can sprinkle it on the floor or on scratching posts, but avoid putting it in your cat’s bowl — too much catnip can cause digestive issues.
• Cat grass
Often grown from a mixture of barley, wheat, oats and rye, a small bed of grass is a favorite of indoor cats. And in moderate amounts, it’s healthy for them. Cat grass contains folic acid and can work as a laxative — especially helpful for pushing out hairballs.
• Crunchy treats
Perfect for rewards or just a midday snack, crunchy treats are a cat favorite. Look for salmon, turkey, beef and catnip flavors. Some brands even have hairball control.
• Freeze-dried treats
Cats will enjoy finding freeze-dried surprises in their stockings. With flavors such as shrimp, chicken and trout, they’re also generally healthy — low in calories and made with only one or two ingredients.
• Lickable treats
Lickable cat treats come in different textures and flavors — from chowders and stews to purees. They’re ideal for hand feeding or as a topping on dry cat food. They also provide excellent hydration.
• Dental treats
Oral health is just as important for cats as it is for dogs — and, of course, for humans. That’s why dental treats and chews are a great snack option for your cat. They help reduce plaque and tartar — and they taste good, too.
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