Giving treats to our pets is a sign of affection. While treats are basically empty calories and should be given in moderation, there are special types of treats that will give your furbaby supplemental nutrition. These are called ‘functional treats’ and are formulated to provide additional benefits to your pet during treat time when given on a regular basis.

When choosing a functional treat, you should think of what you want your furbaby to get out of it since these types of treats cater to a specific need. We listed down some products that you can choose from depending on what need you want to target:

 

Dental: Greenies Dental Chews for Dogs and Greenies Dental Treats for Cats

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These types of treats are designed to clean your pet’s teeth by fighting both plaque and tartar build-up, freshening breath, and maintaining healthier teeth and gums. These treats from Greenies are the #1 Vet-Recommended Dental Chews  for a number of reasons: it is made from natural ingredients, it is proven to be effective, it has added vitamins and minerals, it has five unique sizes, it is low in fat, it is easy to digest AND it has a taste that pets can’t resist!

 

Skin & Coat: Cloud Star Dynamo Dog Functional Soft Chews Skin & Coat: Salmon for Dogs and Greenies Healthy Skin & Fur Smartbites® Treats for Cats

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Animals with dry, flaky skin and rough, brittle hair can benefit from the added omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids that are found in these treats. These fatty acids come from flaxseed and fish oil and work along with vitamin E help give your pet soft shiny fur and supple skin, which are visible signs of over-all health.

 

Hip & Joint: Cloud Star Dynamo Dog Functional Dental Bones Hip and Joint Formula and Cloud Star Dynamo Dog Functional Soft Chews Hip & Joint: Bacon & Cheese or Chicken

Functional treats for Hip and Joint is good for big, heavy or older dogs which have trouble getting up and down. Provide them with extra ingredients for joint care like glucosamine, chondroitin and green lipped mussels that are found in these treats from cloud star to help promote healthy hips and joints. Plus, the dental bones also promote oral health.

 

TummyCloud Star Dynamo Dog Functional Dental Bones Tummy Formula and Cloud Star Dynamo Dog Functional Soft Chews Tummy: Pumpkin & Ginger


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If your dog has issues with a touchy digestive tract, providing some extra fiber might help to balance things out. These treats from Cloud Star contain probiotics, ginger, and fiber from pumpkin to help ease digestion and soothe sensitive stomachs.

 

Puppy: Cloud Star Dynamo Dog Functional Soft Chews Puppy: Chicken & Sweet Potato

Since puppies need more nutrients than adults to be able to grow properly, these gluten-free treats from Cloud Star made especially for puppies, contain extra nutrients and probiotics to support your puppy’s development, while being gentle on his stomach.

 

Hairball: Hairball Control Smartbites® Treats

This veterinarian-designed treat from Greenies contain natural fibers and premium proteins to provide the balance of fibers cats need to help minimize the formation of hairballs in their digestive tract to promote healthy digestion and metabolism.

 

Sources: Pet360