Buying Dog Treats Like a Responsible Owner
Just like us humans, pets especially dogs love receiving treats and similar to us, they are sometimes consuming big amounts of calories from treats they eat. If you aren’t careful, treats can actually add considerable amount of calories to the already normal health and diet of your dog. If you will try to observe it, your dog is actually getting plenty of treats in a day. A lot of owners are actually giving their dogs around 2 to 4 treats per day and not think much about it until the time comes that its vet ask them for quick details of their dog’s diet and health history.
Snacks and treats as well that you give to your pet must make up 10 percent of its daily calorie needs. To have a ballpark figure of how many treats you should give to them in a day, better ask your vet about it. They will make suggestions based on treats that your dog likes the most, how active your dog is and its weight. But dogs do love treats and their pack and other people love giving them such as it’s a way of establishing bond with them, which is a good thing. This is all true but be sure to do everything in moderation.
You might want to skip buying snacks from stores as these are oftentimes high in sugar and fat content that also contain preservatives. Fortunately, there are treats that are made from vegetables. Try to give them as well green beans, broccolis and baby carrots as such have almost no calories. Your dog actually doesn’t care whatever you give them as they will gladly accept it even if it isn’t fatty or meaty. Well apparently, dogs are actually open to nearly any foods available which is something you must use to your advantage to give them vegetables as alternative snacks.
It will be smart of you as well to give them fruits including berries, banana slices, apple slices with no seeds, watermelon. However, try avoiding onions, raisins, chocolates and grapes as well as anything that have caffeine as this could be toxic to your dogs. Other snacks that work nicely as a dog treat include air popped popcorn without butter or salt as well as plain rice cakes that are broken to pieces.
Dog treats should be easy on their teeth. A general rule to follow here is, try pushing your thumbnail in treats and if it leaves a mark, it is a good and safe treat.