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Dogs can eat their veggies or play with them — either way is good with us!
Is your pup getting bored eating the same thing day in and day out? Simply top off your dog’s usual kibble with Frenchie’s Kitchen’s Tasty Toppers for Dogs for an added bonus of veggies and chicken or turkey. Made in a USDA human food facility with 100-percent human-grade ingredients, the stews are taste-tested by founder Sara Kuris Morgan’s French Bulldog, Romeo, who ensures that the Toppers are as tasty as the name claims.
$6.95 for 24-ounce. Frenchie’s Kitchen; frenchieskitchen.com
There are few things my dog loves more than chasing wild rabbits in my backyard each spring. While I’m grateful she hasn’t caught one yet (whew!), I could totally get behind her playing with this furry substitute — the Zippy Burrow Bunny ’n Carrot plush toy from ZippyPaws. This enrichment toy can help keep dogs’ minds engaged while they enjoy chewing. Each carrot-shaped burrow comes with three small bunnies (with squeakers, of course) to hide inside, allowing dogs to fully interact with their chew toys.
$13.99. ZippyPaws; zippypaws.com
Let your dog enjoy nature’s bounty with this colorful collection of adorable veggie-shaped chew toys. (Seriously, who knew fruits and vegetables could be so cute?) These Garden Fresh squeaky plush toys from P.L.A.Y. are made of safe eco-friendly filling and double layered to ensure extra durability.
$6.90-$13.50 (individual) or $39.90 (set). P.L.A.Y.; petplay.com
Does your dog prefer his fellow critters as friends, not food? Endorsed by Instagram celebrity Manny the Frenchie, Evanger’s Vegetarian Complete Dinner contains all kinds of fruits and veggies and meets AAFCO nutritional standards, making it a great option for dogs with allergies or pups who need to lose a few pounds. The dinner can also be portioned out as a side dish if your pooch is a real meat lover.
$2.99 for 12-ounce. Evanger’s; evangersdogfood.com
While veggies don’t always have to be diet food, they can be a big help if your plump pup is trying to become a lean, mean, playing machine. Zuke’s pumpkin and sweet potato-flavored Skinny Bakes have only 10 calories and are made with whole food ingredients like carrots and oatmeal. The best part? A portion of every purchase goes towards The Dog and Cat Cancer Fund.
$6.99 for 12-ounce. Zuke’s; zukes.com
Kale isn’t just for health-conscious humans. Even if your dog can’t stand leafy greens (mine spits them right back out), he can still gobble up the superfood with Dogs Love Kale. These treats come in a variety of flavors, including wheat- and grain-free options, with only seven ingredients in every treat. There are even flavors with chicken and beef for dogs who aren’t ready to commit to a fully vegetarian treat.
$8.99-$9.99 (7-ounce). Dogs Love Kale; dogslovekale.com
A sweet treat doesn’t always have to be a guilty pleasure. Natural Value Sweet Potato Krisps from Loving Pets are made of only two ingredients: sweet potatoes and rice flour. They’re an all-natural snack that’s low in fat and calories and are completely wheat-, gluten-, and soy-free.
$1-$1.99. Loving Pets; lovingpetsproducts.com
No one wants poochie breath when getting doggie kisses. Luckily, WHIMZEES, a vegetarian dental chew, combines oral health with snack time. The Veggie Collection comes in two types of dental treats — Veggie Strips and Veggie Sausages — and uses clove-bud oil to not only freshen up your pup’s breath, but more importantly to help keep teeth and gums healthy.
$16.99-$19.99. WHIMZEES; whimzees.com
— Melissa Kauffman and Sarah Becker