No. When a food-approved dog treat is consumed, it becomes a part of the normal protein and fat distribution throughout the body, thereby making canine health a top priority. So whether you are a doctor or a dog lover, your dog will benefit from regular veterinary visits and professional veterinary care. As a side note, I’ve personally done many cases with dogs who used food-approved treats and then developed severe kidney disease. The food-approved treats may have prevented some of the diseases but were the cause of many.
If I don’t have any dog food treats, can I make my own?
No. Not just any food product, but the foods mentioned above, as well as the ones mentioned below, must be approved by the FDA. Otherwise, you will need a veterinarian licensed in your state. Your vet will probably charge much more than buying dog treats from stores, and you may need special training or supervision to make it work. You should know that you are breaking the law and if you are not sure about the law, you can speak with a local police or jail (law enforcement) that deals with dog bites. If the cops don’t catch you, you can take the matter to the court.
A word on the nutritional values of dog treats
All dog treats are made up of high density carbohydrate, protein, and fats that are not the same as a human food. This is to keep the dog healthier and happy.
If you’ve eaten any treat and believe it to be safe, then buy it. Unfortunately, if you believe it to be unhealthy, then it isn’t. It is illegal to sell a dangerous treat without first getting the FDA approval or getting animal welfare approval to be sold in the US, so this would be a wise thing to do.
If you want to read the official FDA food composition tables for foods, it is also there for those interested.
Dog Treat Ingredients
What if I’m not sure of what a treat is?
Ask yourself if it is something that you would normally give a dog (like kibble or dry food) or something that a dog is likely to eat. A well made treat is probably better than nothing if it means that you’re feeding your dog one he can actually enjoy and be OK with, and that you are not just sitting around watching him eat. So please ask yourself the following questions:
Has my dog eaten this before? If so, what have they done with it?