Does your dog come running when he suspects that he is getting a treat? If we were able to ask Fido about his favorite things, we suspect that treats would rank pretty high on the list. While your canine pal may happily gobble down almost anything you offered him, there are a few do’s and don’ts to keep in mind when offering snacks. A Seminole, FL veterinarian lists a few of them in this article.
Treats are fine, but be careful not to give your pooch too many. As a general rule of thumb, treats should make up less than 5 percent of your pet’s total daily caloric intake. Any more than that, and Fido could become overweight, which would be very bad for his health.
When shopping for Fido, pay attention to what’s on the label. Choose items that list mostly specific types of meat, fish, or poultry. Ask your vet for specific advice.
Make Fido do a trick for his snack. This is a great way to reinforce your pup’s training! Dogs often love to please their humans. Getting praised and rewarded for performing a trick or command can make your canine buddy feel happy and proud.
Some people foods are safe for Fido. Most types of meat, fish, and poultry are fine, provided that you’ve removed the skin, bones, and fat. However, you should limit fatty meats, such as bacon and sausage; organ meats, like liver; and anything fried or processed. Certain fruits and veggies, including apple slices and bananas, are also safe. Never give Fido anything that contains garlic, onion, scallions, or chives; grapes, currants, or raisins; chocolate; caffeine; alcohol; avocados; nuts; xylitol; or a lot of salt, sugar, or fat. Meat on the bone is also dangerous, as it can fracture into dangerously sharp shards. Ask your vet for more information.
We can’t not at least touch on the topic of begging here. Our furry friends are very, very cute. They are also very, very good at getting us to share yummy snacks. Don’t let your pooch boss you around. Begging is bad manners. It can also be dangerous, as Fido could convince someone to give him something that isn’t safe. Hold your ground!
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