We love eating foods and this is the same way that our dog feels in form of treats however much like us, they consume more calories than what’s recommended in a day from these treats. If you would not be careful, there is a chance that these treats significantly increase the amount of calories in their body which can affect their health in the process. If you will try to observe it, your dog is actually getting plenty of treats in 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. To have a ballpark figure of how many treats you should give to them in a day, better ask your vet 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. Giving treats is a way of establishing bond to your pet which is totally a good thing so we can’t blame why people give such to their pets and why their dog loves it as well. 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. Preferably, give them some veggies which are available in treats. Green beans, broccolis and baby carrots have almost no calories, which is something you should be giving them. After all, dogs do not care much if you are not giving them something fatty and meaty, they just want you giving them something. Apparently, dogs are open to any type of foods so vegetables can surely be a good alternative snack for them.
It will be smart of you as well to give them fruits including berries, banana slices, apple slices with no seeds, watermelon. Try to avoid onions, raisins, chocolates and grapes or anything that contains caffeine as it can be toxic to your pets. 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.
The dog treats you are about to give is something that must be soft and easy to chew. 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.