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Dog Health Advocate #17 – Dog Treat Tips
January 31, 2015

Don’t you love giving treats to your dog? Me too. The question is, do you buy junk food off the shelf or make your own?

All January and February I’m working on the class about dog treats. I’ve been studying the ingredients and exactly what they do to the body. Some of it isn’t pretty.

I’m also working on creating some new healthy recipes for dog treats so your dog can be the best he can be. In the meantime I thought I should share a few tips.

Talking about the organs and what they do isn't at the top of anyone's fun to do list but we need to have a basic understanding of a few things.

Today let's talk about the pancreas and sugar.

“Wait,” you say, “But I don’t give my dog sugar.”

And I'm here to say that you do even if you're not aware of it.

We tend to think that the pancreas only makes insulin to break down sugar and we just connect it with diabetes and producing insulin to lower blood sugar, (and glucagon to raise blood sugar) but it does other stuff too.

The pancreas also stores digestive enzymes to break down proteins, fats and carbohydrates and if a body cannot break down the food it gets, it’s going to be starved of nutrients. And if the pancreas is busy with sugar, the other components just can’t be done well.

That was a pretty quick and painless lesson wasn’t it? So what’s the point? Keeping the pancreas in top notch condition. Again you assume your dog isn’t getting sugar but guess what the pancreas thinks flours and starches are? Yup, sugar!

Now you’re wondering what this has to do with dog treats. Guess what’s in most dog treats? Poop. No, I don’t mean that literally. When looking at some top selling dog treats I noticed they are primarily flour, starch and sugar – even the ones that look like beef. Sneaky huh?

While I’ll be breaking down several commercial dog treats for you in class and giving you a list of some low and high glycemic (sugar) indexed foods, here’s a few tips for now.

Today's Tips to Increase Dog Health

Nix the Milk Bones and bake a sweet potato. Sweet potatoes actually have a lower glycemic index than its white cousins or Milk Bones with 3 wheat ingredients (not to mention the 3 different chemical preservatives).

Either stick that tater in the oven like any baking potato or follow an easy recipe at Healthy Dog Treats.

If you’re a peanut butter lover, head over to three-little-pitties and check out The Five Dangers of Peanut Butter for Dogs and How to Avoid Them.

And lastly, fat is good! or at least it should be, so check out Why Good Fats Heal and Bad Fats Slowly Kill Your Dog.

That's it for today. Back to research and class.


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