Tips For Responsible Dog Treating
Carolyn Kennedy, Director, CK Nutrition, Global Consultants for Pet Food, consulting pet nutritionist for CLIF PET™
The ideas and suggestions written below are provided for general educational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice or care. Always seek the advice of a veterinarian before beginning your pet on a new food.
Healthy Treats for Healthier Dogs
Of course, treats are an important aspect of a dog’s diet, too. They help us train and reward our pups, bond with them, and show them our affection. But treats should only make up 10% of a dog’s daily caloric requirements. So, you will want to choose treats that are delicious, full of nutritious ingredients, and low in fat and added sugar. Better yet, choose a treat that provides fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants, too.
When providing treats for your dog, always ensure you monitor your dog the first time they have a new treat. Watch for things like:
- Is your dog eating too fast? Eating treats too quickly can increase the risk of choking as well as stomach upset. Try breaking up the treats into smaller pieces if you think your dog is eating too quickly
- Any differences in your dog’s behavior, appetite, or stool quality? If so, try feeding smaller portions of the treat to ensure you dog’s unique digestive system can tolerate it and monitor your dog with smaller pieces over a few days
- Is your dog asking for this treat all the time? Of course, they are delicious and dogs love treats! Especially treats that are natural and packed full of healthy, natural ingredients!
In addition to the above, the most important aspect of providing treats for your dog is that it should be a fun experience for both you and your pet. Treats are not the only way to bond with your dog, walking, playing, and keeping active are also ultra-important when it comes to keeping your pet healthy and at an ideal weight.