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Top 5 Healthy treats for pets

Virginia Chavez is a Phoenix-based freelance writer covering pets and lifestyle in the Southwest. In addition to regular contributions both online and in-print, Virginia locally owns and operates two pet care and supply businesses. For t...

Celebrate National Dog Treat Day

Celebrate what might just be your pet's favorite holiday of all time, National Dog Treat Day. On this special day, show your pup some love with wholesome snacks that let them know you care.
Lab puppy eating treat

Before you kick off the day's festivities, remember that health and nutrition should always stay top-of-mind. Make sure your four-legged friend takes part in all the treat-day goodness she deserves. This healthy treat roundup will let you and Fido rejoice in a scrumptiously guilt-free treat day.

Best Oral Health Treat

Dogswell BreathiesDogswell Breathies

Stinky breath is not only unpleasant but also a sign of poor pet dental health. If you're tired of unsuccessful tooth-brushing attempts, Dogswell Breathies can help. These all-natural treats contain essential ingredients to improve bad breath and promote healthy teeth and gums. Available in tasty chicken and duck, your pet will gobble these minty morsels right up.

Key ingredients for healthy teeth and gums:

  • Mint
  • Parsley
  • Rosemary
  • Cinnamon

Best Joint Health Treat

Zuke's Hip ActionZuke's Hip Action

These soft and chewy treats contain joint-strength essentials in a wheat-, corn- and soy-free formula that also promotes complete health and wellness. Zuke's Hip Action Treats are an excellent addition for pets' diets and a must-have in the nutritional regimen for elderly pups. When your pet's joints start to ache, a treat a day could help keep the doctor away.

Key ingredients for healthy joints:

  • Glucosamine
  • Chondroitin

Best All-Natural Treat

Honest Kitchen Dog TreatsHonest Kitchen Dog Treats

With names like Smooches, Wishes and Nuzzles, The Honest Kitchen Pet Treats are meant for the spoiled pet in your household. Even the pickiest eaters will love these tasty, hearty treats made from quality human-grade ingredients -- you might even be tempted to sneak a bite! Try the Ice Pup treats, which can be served warm or frozen, depending on the season.

Key ingredients not found in all-natural treats:

  • Preservatives
  • Additives
  • Artificial flavors or colors

Best treat for healthy brain function

Plato THINKERS Pet TreatPlato Thinkers Pet Treat

A no-brainer for smart pet owners, Plato's Thinkers treats give dogs an extra mental boost. Once the added dose of brain power has your pooch nailing all the training commands, these soft, chewy treat sticks can also be broken up and used as training rewards.

Key ingredients for healthy brain function:

  • Ginko biloba

Best treat for healthy eyes, skin and coat

Blue Buffalo Exuberance! Blue Buffalo Exuberance!

Your canine companion will look and feel amazing with Blue Buffalo Exuberance! Treats. Made with absolutely no fillers, byproducts, antibiotics or hormones, your pet will savor the flavor of only farm-raised chicken. The added boosts for healthy eyes, skin and coat will keep your pup looking just as good on the outside as she feels on the inside.

Key ingredients for healthy eyes, skin and coat:

  • Vitamin A
  • Omega 3
  • Omega 6

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