Types of Bland Treats for Dogsby Amy Brantley
If your dog has a sensitive stomach due to food allergies or is simply under the weather, there are treats you can feed him that won't upset him. The best part is that these treats are in your kitchen and don't require any special preparation, such as plain popcorn or steamed vegetables.
Low-Fat Chicken Broth Ice Cubes
Low-fat or fat-free chicken broth is easy on a dog's stomach and when frozen into ice cubes, it becomes a toy as well. This treat adds protein to your dog's diet, but is also low in fat and calories. This is a treat you'll probably want to feed your dog outside because it can be a bit messy. If you want to make the treat more interesting for your dog, freeze blueberries in the center for her to work at while she's enjoying her treat.
Unsalted, unbuttered popcorn is high in fiber and low in fat. Make sure to air-pop the corn so that you don't have to rely on oil for popping. Feed the popcorn to your pup a piece at a time to make sure he doesn't choke and store the leftovers in an airtight container.
Cottage cheese is bland and it's also high in calcium and protein. Some dogs do have trouble with dairy products so make sure to only feed her a small amount to see how she handles it. You can also purchase low-fat or fat-free versions of cottage cheese if you're worried about your dog's weight.
Plain yogurt is another bland treat that is actually beneficial to your dog's health. Yogurt contains live cultures that keep your dog's digestive tract in check. If your dog has an upset stomach, yogurt can help. If your dog won't eat plain yogurt, opt for vanilla, but be careful of highly flavored and sugared fruit flavors.
Dogs love vegetables. While your dog may not love every vegetable you feed her, there's a good chance she'll like a few. Raw vegetables can be hard on the stomach and may cause gas. If your dog is experiencing stomach problems, opt for cooked vegetables, but avoid those that are high in fiber. Steamed zucchini can be tasty to your dog and easy on the stomach.
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