Pet treats aren’t just about indulging in dessert. They’re are actually a lot more useful than say, a piece of chocolate cake. Unlike our “people treats,” most treats for pets aren’t made just for taste. Giving treats can help strengthen the emotional bond you have with your cat or dog, and actually be pretty healthy for them!
5 Different Types of Pet Treats
You can use treats for positive reinforcement with your pet or just offer them as rewards throughout the week. Either way, it’s a good idea to look for high-quality pet treats and ingredients that serve more than one purpose. Obviously, you want the treat to taste good for your pet—but what other benefits can it bring to the table?
- Pet Treats to Mask Medicine
If your pet needs some extra encouragement to take their prescription medicine, you might try hiding their pill in a treat. Chewy pet treats are great because you can usually mold the treat around the medicine. Nutro Chewy Treats come in apple, banana, blueberry, and peanut butter varieties to satisfy even the pickiest of pets. Choose a flavor your dog or cat loves so they’ll take their medicine without a fuss.
- Dental Treats for Cats and Dogs
Lots of dogs enjoy chewing, and certain pet treats are specifically designed to make chewing even more fun and useful for your pup. Having a bag of dental chews on hand for your dog lets you give them a new activity in the evening after a walk or playtime. Crunchy treats can act like a “toothbrush” for cats, too. The texture of these Halo Cat Treats will help clean their teeth and freshen their breath—while they get a yummy taste of something new.
- Joint Support Treats for Pets
Unique ingredients in certain pet treats help with joint comfort, and glucosamine in particular can support movement and flexibility. Ark Naturals Joint Rescue treats are neat because you can adjust the serving size to fit both dogs and cats. If you want an extra benefit for your kitty, check out Zuke’s G-Zees Cat Treats. These treats are formulated to support both joint health as well as urinary tract health.
- Hairball Prevention Cat Treats
Regular brushing can help your cat have a shiny coat. In addition, some cat treats can also help prevent problems with hairballs. Treats with probiotics, dietary fiber, and natural lubricants like fish oil and olive oil can help hairballs pass through your kitty’s digestive system safely. We like the Get Naked Furball Relief cat treats. They’re semi-moist, so cats of all ages can enjoy them!
- Low-Calorie Pet Treats
Even if your pet is on a limited diet, you can still reward their good behavior with low-calorie pet treats. Tiny 1-3 calorie portions are ideal for training treats with pets. Wellness Kittles Crunchy Cat Treats are made with cranberries and your choice or salmon or tuna. For dogs, take a look at Fruitables Crunchy Treats for 9 calories and less, or their Skinny Mini Chewy Dog Treats (at only 3.5 calories each). Low-calorie treats are a smart and tasty rewards for your pet.
Find Your Pet’s Favorite Treat with Grateful Pet
Giving treats to your pet should be an enjoyable experience for your both. Just remember the 10% rule to keep your pet’s diet balanced. Treats should not exceed 10% of your dog or cat’s regular daily diet. Follow that guideline, and you’ll help keep your animal active and happy for years to come.
Grateful Pet is happy to offer Free Local Delivery all across the greater Indianapolis area. Once you place your order, we’ll get your pet treats delivered fast. If you have any questions about our pet treat options, please send us a message. We look forward to helping you enhance your pet’s quality of life—one healthy and delicious treat at a time!