One of the most common questions we get here at Laila and Me is “do you have any low fat treats?”
There is a bunch of reasons you might want to feed low-fat treats. Maybe you’ve got a new puppy or rescue and you’re doing a lot of reward-based training; maybe your dog had pancreatitis and needs to watch their fat intake, or maybe they’ve gone a bit hard on the treats and need to lose a few pounds.
Dogs are a bit different from humans and don’t metabolize fat in the same way as us, so it’s actually really important that they get enough fat in their diet, and it’s pretty unlikely your pooch will ever suffer from clogged arteries or high cholesterol. But overweight dogs are an epidemic these days, and excess weight leads to so many other health problems. Carrying excess weight is especially hard on their joints, it’s hard on their heart, it shortens their life, and it’s usually due to feeding highly processed foods like kibble, which has a LOT of carbohydrates (even if it has a juicy steak on the label).
We believe fresh food is king, so all of our treats are made without any salt, sugar or preservatives, but we also know that not everyone can (or wants to) go headfirst into full DIY raw feeding, so feeding healthy, natural treats is a really easy way to include some fresh foods in the diet. This is why we make a huge effort to offer a wide range of different protein sources and fat levels to boost the nutritional value of your dog’s food and add lots of interesting nutritional variety.
If you are looking for nutritious, low-fat treat options, we recommend choosing from our chicken range, including chicken jerky, parsley chicken or turmeric chicken (also great for inflammation!); from our fish range, including pilchards and whitebait, or from our freeze-dried range including roo and wild boar.
If your dog doesn’t have a specific reason to eat low-fat treats, we recommend feeding a mix of our low fat treats and regular or higher fat treats, such as mackerel, croc, and roo tails (why are animal tails so fatty?!). To get the most nutritional bang for your buck, we also recommend that you feed a range of different proteins because different animals contain different nutrients, as well as different kinds of fats and fatty acids (even the low-fat ones), like omegas 3, 6 and 9. Including treats with fur will really be the icing on the cake of improving your dog’s diet with healthy, natural snacks.
To grab some low fat treats today, check out our chicken range here:
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