Healthy Halloween Dog Treat Ideas for Your Overweight Dog

From training rewards to merely keeping them busy, your dogs are bound to be happy when given some healthy Halloween dog treats

By Guest Blogger, Cynthia Garcia

From training rewards to merely keeping them busy, your dogs are bound to be happy when given something tasty to munch. And as much as giving them treats can be fun; you need to know the number of calories in all the treats that you are feeding your pets. Some of these treats with high-calorie content are the main reason why your pooch is overweight. So, instead of giving them high calories treats this Halloween, why don’t you help him lose weight by giving him these special dog treats?

The Best Halloween Treat for Your Overweight Dog

1.   Apple

Several commercially manufactured treats are high in calories, and some treats can halt weight loss. So why don’t you substitute them with some safe fruits like apples? Other than being naturally sweet, apples are high in calcium, fiber, and vitamin Cake. Just make sure you remove the core and seeds before feeding your dog. The fiber present in this fruit will help your pet feel full all day long. One of the main benefits of giving your pooch vegetables and fruits is that they have fewer calories. Fresh fruits can be a better option this Halloween as the cookie-type treats are high in calories. For more information on affordable low calories dog food, you can read more here.

2.   Raw Carrots

Dogs love fruits because of their unique sweetness, but what about a vegetable snack? Well, since dogs can digest veggies, you can try and give your pooch carrot snacks this Halloween. Carrots are known for their high fiber content and vitamin A. raw carrots are nutritious and delicious, but make sure you chop into small pieces before giving them to your dogs.

3.   Low-Calorie Carrots Treat

Other than being delicious, this low-calorie carrot treat can help your dog lose some weight. To prepare this treat, you need an egg, wheat flour, finely shredded carrots, half a cup of broth, a tablespoon of chia seeds, and some unsweetened applesauce. Start by preheating your oven to 350°F and then line up your tray with a silicone baking mat. Mix the flour and shredded carrots in your bowl, and then stir it. Add an egg, applesauce, and chia seeds. Continue stirring as you add the bone broth until the mixture sticks together.

Use your hands to form the dough and then roll it out using a rolling pin until it is about 0.25 inches thick. Finally, you can cut the treat into small pieces and bake them for about 20 minutes. You can store this treat in an airtight jar in your refrigerator and surprise your dog on Halloween’s day.

4.   Air-Popped Popcorn

Air-popped popcorn is a tasty low-calorie treat that can have your dog jumping and running all over as you toss them in the air. But, make sure you don’t prepare them with salt or butter. Remember, partially popped kernels can choke them or get stuck on their teeth, so try and keep them away from your curious pup.

5.   Low-Calorie Pumpkin Spinach Treat

This unique treat skimped on fat and calories but not taste. For this treat, you need some eggs, whole-wheat flour, finely chopped parsley, wheat germ, finely chopped baby spinach, pumpkin puree, and pink Himalayan salt. Pour the flour into a small bowl and mix it with salt. Put the eggs, pumpkin puree, parsley, and spinach in a bigger bowl and mix them well using a wooden spoon. And then, add the wheat germ to this mixture and continue stirring.

Add the flour into this mixture and then use your hands to create the dough. Roll the dough to about 0.25 inches thickness and cut into desired shapes using your cookie cutter. Finally, you can bake them at 350°F for about 35 minutes.

6.   Pumpkin Banana Dog Treat

The pumpkin banana treat is an easy treat to make, and the dough is quite manageable. All you need for this treat are ground flaxseed, barley malt syrup, pumpkin puree, mashed ripe banana, and whole-wheat flour. Put the barley malt syrup, pumpkin, and banana in a huge bowl and mix using a fork. Mix the ground flaxseed with the flour in a different bowl and then combine the two mixtures using a wooden spoon.

Once the dough is ready, you can place it on a table and roll it out to 0.25 inches thickness using a rolling pin. Cut your treat into the desired shape before baking them for about 12 minutes at 350°F. Remove them from the oven and allow them to cool before giving them to your dog for Halloween.

7.   Parsley, Apple, Pumpkin, and Mint Dog Treat

This nutritious treat recipe will introduce a hint of freshness to your pooch’s breath. The main ingredients in this recipe are eggs, finely chopped mint leaves, a coarsely grated apple, pumpkin puree, whole wheat flour, and finely chopped parsley leaves. Start by mixing the eggs and pumpkin puree in a huge bowl, and then add two and a half cups of flour as you stir. Add mint, apple, and parsley to the mixture and stir to the mixture.

Continue adding more flour to the mixture while stirring until you create a workable dough. Finally, you can roll it out using your rolling pin and then cut your dough into the desired shapes using a cookie cutter. Put the treats in the oven and bake them for 25 minutes at 350°F. Remove the treat and allow them to cool before storing them in an airtight container.

Final Thought

The excess weight can affect your dog’s longevity and health negatively. Overweight pups are at risk of developing numerous diseases, including diabetes mellitus, cancer, hypertension, osteoarthritis, and heart diseases. So, instead of giving him unhealthy treats this Halloween, why don’t you introduce your pooch to these healthy treats? These delicious treats have low calories and fat levels, so you won’t have to worry about your dog gaining weight this Halloween. Plus, they are relatively easy to prepare, all you need are some readily available natural ingredients, and you are good to go.

about the author

Cynthia Garcia,     Content Creator and Blogger,  Passionate about animals and animal rescue     cynthia@cynthiagarcia.me

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