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Healthy veggie dog treats

Doing a Jan detox? Get your dog on a health kick too with these organic veggie treats.

I recently became a dog’s aunty. I have bruises down my legs from over-enthusiastic greetings to prove it. I’ve also been hearing all about dog nutrition. Apparently you don’t just open a tin these days. There are also sorts of rules about what to put in your pooch to give them the best diet and you the ‘perfect poo’ to pick up in the park!

Amber over at Muddy Surrey has a puppy of her own and has been trying out healthy treats. After all, why should your dog be on choccy drops while you’re doing your January detox? Over to Amber to tell you more…

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The Muddy pooch was barely out of nappies when I heard about Huxley Hound’s range of organic vegetable treats, and I was pretty new to the whole fur baby thing – but as we were using treats as part of her puppy training I wanted to be sure that what she was eating was healthy.

Mike and Zena, are the Surrey-based couple behind Huxley Hound, and – inspired by their own pooches, Huxley and Rolo, a pair of long-haired miniature dachshunds – they’ve produced a range of ‘Better Than Raw’ vegetable treats that are made from fully traceable British organic vegetables, are high in vitamins and nutrients, and low in calories.

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They come packaged in resealable brown paper pouches with a clear window at the front through which you can see the treats. They look a lot like those posh dried vegetable crisps you buy at Waitrose.

Each 20g bag is made from about 200g of fresh vegetables. The dehydration process preserves the nutrients and antioxidants but allows the goodness to be condensed into bite sized snacks.

The Muddy pup sampled the carrot and beetroot treats – a third flavour, broccoli, is still in production.

And her verdict: an excited wag of tail, a couple of crunches and down she goes. She’ll sit when she’s asked if there’s one of these on offer. And despite warnings of possible staining (carpets, floors, pooch) with the beetroot treats, we’ve seen none of that. It’s difficult to judge which are her favourites, but I’d guess at the beetroot treats.

Now if only I can get the Muddy bratlets to behave in the same way when I offer them vegetables.

The organic beetroot and carrot ‘Better Than Raw’ treats are now available from the Huxley Hound website. huxleyhound.com

 

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