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 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. You might not realize it by now but dog gets lots of treats within 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.
The snacks and the treats that you give to your dog is something that must contain ten percent of its daily calorie requirements. Better ask your vet about the number of treats to be given to them to be sure about it. They will make suggestions based on treats that your dog likes the most, how active your dog is and its weight. However, our dog love treats and people love giving them such because it is one way of creating bond and memories with them, which is actually a good thing. There’s nothing wrong in giving treats to your pet; just remember to do it 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 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.
Try some fruits too similar to berries, banana slices, apple slices with no seeds, watermelon and the likes. 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.
Dog treats should be easy on their teeth. 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.