Fall is here, and with it the promise of crisp air, fall colors and most importantly, fall flavors! The people in your household aren’t the only ones who can enjoy the cozy tastes of autumn. Check out our list of healthy fall treats that you can enjoy with your furry friend, too.
Few things are better than crisp, juicy refreshing apples, especially in autumn when they are in season and the local farmers markets are overflowing with apples in every color. While you are busy making pies, ciders and cobblers for your family, your dog may enjoy a slice or two as well. Apples are a good source of fiber for Fido, which can help keep them regular and less lethargic. Just be sure to steer clear of the seeds, as those are poisonous.
When it comes to a satisfying crunch, few healthy options are as good as the humble carrot. Adding carrots at mealtime or as treats can be a low-calorie way of rewarding your dog, and the vitamins and fiber they bring to the table can’t be beat! Even better, they can help keep your dog hydrated and their texture may help keep teeth clean. Just be sure to cut carrots into bite size chunks appropriate for your pup, so they can eat them safely. Bonus points if you mix peanut butter and chopped carrots and freeze in a sturdy treat-dispensing toy for long-lasting enjoyment.
Pumpkin spice everything is all the rage come fall, but did you know that pure, pureed pumpkin is great for dogs’ digestion? Not to be confused with pumpkin pie filling (which is full of sugar and all kinds of ingredients to avoid) pureed pumpkin can be a healthy, vitamin-rich addition to your pup’s fall diet. Here at PEAK CITY PUPPY, our personal favorite way to serve pumpkin is to put it inside a sturdy treat-dispensing toy and freeze for a long lasting treat your dog will be crazy about. Mixing 2 Tbsp in with his food daily is a great all-time-of-year new habit. Why not start this fall?
Sweet potatoes are a fall food staple, especially going into the holiday season. These superfoods are a great treat option if your pet needs a little extra fiber and a few less calorie-dense snacks from the treat jar. Try adding blanched sweet potatoes to your dogs meals, or give a slice or two as a healthy treat alternative. Our tip: cut sweet potatoes into long strips and dehydrate in the oven for a healthier alternative to rawhide chews!
If your pup has put on a little summer weight, these fall foods can all be incorporated into setting up a healthy new routine for him in addition to increased exercise now that temps are cooling. Our professional dog walkers can help you start and stick to a routine with our daily service that starts at $15/visit. Learn more about all the ways our service can help keep your dog happy at www.PeakCityPuppy.com.