The Right Way of Buying Dog Treats
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 are not carefully enough, these treats can add large amount of calories in what seems to be normal health and diet. Well, you might not realize it but your dog gets plenty of treats within a day. Many owners are giving their dogs 2 to 4 treats in a day and not thinking much about it until they are asked for the 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. Better ask your vet about the number of treats to be given to them to be sure about it. What the vet will do to know the recommended number of treats you should give to your pet is check its weight, see if it is active and things it like most. 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 may skip on the store bought snacks which are often high in sugar and fat and oftentimes contain preservative. Fortunately, there are treats that are made from vegetables. Try giving them green beans, broccolis and baby carrots as these virtually have 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.
You might want to try fruits as well like berries, banana slices, apple slices with no seeds, watermelon and so forth. On the other hand, food items which contain caffeine can be toxic to your pet, so better avoid it as much as possible. Other snacks that you may give them as dog treat include air popped popcorn without butter or salt and even plain rice cakes that are broken into pieces.
Dog treats must be easy on their teeth and anything that is hard such as antlers, hooves or bones is something that you should avoid giving them. As a rule of thumb, push your thumbnail in the treat and if it left a mark there, then it’s a good and safe treat to give.