As I read about dogs becoming ill or dying from cheap treats, I vow to buy Honey only the best.
Then I see the unit price of high quality treats in our local pet supply.
Meat treats cost more per pound than lobster. Salmon jerky is more expensive than the smoked salmon I buy myself. And those cute cookies shaped like bears? A pound of them costs more than imported Italian cheese.
Maybe it’s time to start buying dog treats from the grocery store again. But not from the pet food aisle.
Cheap (Safe) Grocery Store Treats
Here’s my list of the best dog treats you can find in the grocery store that won’t kill your dog or break your budget.
|Carrots||Slice and store in ice water in the fridge so they stay crispy.|
|Turkey Hot Dogs||If you don’t like handling them raw, put slices in a dehydrator or on a cookie sheet in a 170 degree oven (76 degrees centigrade) until they puff up and lose their moisture.|
|Cheese||Use sparingly because too much will cause diarrhea.|
|Apple Slices||Slice them ahead and spritz with lemon juice to keep them from browning but I find most dogs don’t care that much.|
|Liver||Slice into thin pieces and dehydrate (see turkey hot dogs). Because the liver detoxifies the body, you may want to buy organic liver to avoid the chemicals and antibiotics used in conventional agriculture.|
|Liverwurst||Otherwise known as dog crack. Great high value treat. Use sparingly.|
|Sweet Potatoes||Peel or wash with skins on. Slice thinly and dehydrate in the oven (see turkey hot dogs).|
|Popcorn||Skip the butter and salt.|
|Chicken||Easiest cooking method is to use the crock pot until meat falls off the bone. Use the resulting stock in other recipes.|
|Frozen Yogurt||Add 2 tablespoons of peanut butter to a cup of yogurt. Mix and freeze until set in tartlet pans.|
|Cheerios||My dogs have always tolerated oats well.|
|Blueberries||Most dogs love them as much as cherries but you don’t have to pit them.|
There’s no reason your dog’s treats have to be dog treats.
Whether training or giving Honey a midday treat, human treats are tasty for both of you.
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