By Andrew Fischer
Best Natural Snacks for Labradors
This is the list of the most popular Labrador treats that are totally natural.
Remember to be cautious if it’s the first time you give your Lab some of the following treats. The first time you give your dog something new it should always be in a very small quantity. You never know if it will upset your dog’s stomach or not.
Even fruits, vegetables and other natural snacks can contribute to weight gain so remember the 90/10 rule. This rule states that treats shouldn’t comprise more than 10% of your dog’s daily caloric intake.
Also, not every Labrador will love all items on the list below. Try to experiment with textures to find out what your dog likes.
Labradors love raw eggs.
You can try to crack a raw egg twice a week to your Labrador’s bowl.
You can first mix the egg a bit with a fork and then pour some over your dog’s favourite dry kibble.
Pig ears can be bought in many pet stores.
Dogs love them because they are very chewy so they manage to enjoy it for quite some time.
Make sure they are natural and don’t contain any additives.
You should also consider giving your Labrador a frozen carrot. They are great for the health of your dog’s teeth.
All frozen treats are also great to cool your pup off in hot summer days.
Also, carrots are rich in fiber and antioxidants which protect against certain diseases.
Cucumbers are loaded with vitamins, potassium, magnesium, and other healthy elements.
They are also high in water which helps hydrate your dog.
Offer few slices of cucumber to your Labrador on hot summer days. He will love it.
If your pup has bad breath, cucumbers may also help. They contain phytonutrients that fight the bacteria that cause bad breath.
Bananas are one of the most popular treats for dogs nowadays.
They are high in fiber and contain magnesium vitamin C, fiber, potassium and other nutrients that contribute to the health of your dog.
Remember to serve bananas in moderation as they are quite high in sugars.
You can read more about how to serve bananas to dogs HERE.
Celery is rich in vitamins which help to boost your dog’s immune system.
Celery also reduces inflammation and supports digestion. Especially the fiber in celery can support your dog’s digestive and cardiovascular systems.
Since watermelons consist of 93% water, they offer another great opportunity to rehydrate your dog, especially in hot summer days.
Watermelons are also packed with vitamin C, A and B6.
It’s recommended to avoid giving your dog watermelon seeds and rind as they may cause gastrointestinal upset and other digestion problems.
Cooked Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are high in fiber, minerals and vitamins. They also have cancer-fighting properties and support brain function.
Cooked sweet potatoes are quite easy to prepare.
It’s best to keep them plain.
Offering raw potatoes to dogs is not recommended.
Broccoli is a great source of iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium and selenium. It also contains vitamins A,E,C and K and folic acid. Broccoli is also a great source of fibre and protein.
A few small pieces of broccoli is another great treat for most of the dogs.
Dogs love raw, roasted or boiled broccoli.
Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin B9 and potassium.
They improve your dog’s blood sugar levels and heart health.
Like bananas or apples, they are also high in sugar, so make sure you don’t give too much at once to your dog.