You do everything right.
You feed your dog a low carb, keto diet. You implement fasting days a few times per month. You walk them regularly, with weekly sessions of high-intensity exercise.
And yet, when it comes to treats, you’re still left wondering…
What is the best treat for my dog?
If this is you, don’t worry. Visionary Pet is here to help!
Read on to learn everything you need to know about the best treats for your dog!
Let’s start with the basics. Here’s the most important rule when selecting the best treat for your dog.
Keep Carbs Low.
If you only remember one thing, make it this. Choose treats that are low in digestible carbs.
In humans, low-carb diets have been shown to keep insulin levels low and reduce inflammation. Studies like this and others show that keeping carbs low is a great choice for optimal human nutrition.
But here’s the most interesting part...
Low-carb diets actually make more sense for dogs! That’s because dogs have no nutritional need for carbohydrates.
So remember, when evaluating the best treat for your dog - make sure to keep carbs low!
Dogs should be powered by fat and protein - not carbs.
If you’re a Visionary Pet Parent, you already do an amazing job feeding your dog a low-carb, keto diet.
Make sure to maintain the same nutritional standard when selecting treats. Here’s how.
Feed Visionary Treats - Most of the Time.
If you do feed treats, the easiest way to maintain your dog’s ketogenic diet is to use our Visionary Keto Pet Food.
We recommend our Freeze-Dried Keto Beef Medallions. They’re lightweight and shelf-stable at room temperature - making them the perfect treat for your dog.
Store them in any cabinet or pantry. Then, when it’s time for a treat, feed them straight from the bag or break them into bite-size pieces for smaller dogs.
You can also rehydrate a handful of them with water and serve in a bowl. Whether you call this a treat or a small meal is up to you. Your dog will simply know it as delicious and nutritious low-carb, keto dog food!
If your dog is highly active, then we’ve got another rule for you. It’s the final piece to your dog’s nutritional puzzle...
Feed Protein Treats, Some of the Time.
Dogs are super athletes. And if your dog is highly active, then you’ll want to increase their protein from time to time.
How do you do this?
You can source lean proteins direct from your local grocery store. Chicken and turkey are great options for lean meat. Feed raw or lightly cook if that’s more comfortable for you.
You can also find a brand of pre-packaged dog treats that are high in protein and very low in digestible carbs. I like this brand, but there are a ton of options when it comes to single-source protein treats.
And there you have it. The definitive guide to the best treats for your dog.
If you still have questions, don’t worry. We’re here to help!
Contact us today or post your question in the comments below!