Fido’s favorite holiday is just around the corner: February 23rd is Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day! It’s always adorable watching dogs get excited at the thought of a yummy snack! Read on as a Pasadena, MD vet offers tips on giving your pooch doggy treats.
Treats are actually very helpful for our canine pals. For one thing, they’re a quick and easy way to make Fido feel loved, and get that cute tail going. Everyone enjoys a yummy snack! Just don’t go overboard. Treats should only make up about 5 to 10 percent of your pup’s diet.
Chances are, Fido would be more than happy to sample every brand of doggy treat there is. However, most people stick with one or two types. Opt for products with ingredients you can actually identify. Meat, fish, or poultry should be the first thing listed on the label, and should be listed more frequently than anything else.
If you enjoy cooking, you may want to try making Fido’s treats. There are lots of great recipes online. Or, create your own by mixing and matching different recipes. This is a good way to customize your pet’s treats, which can be very helpful if your pooch has allergies or is just a bit picky. Just be sure to stick to safe, suitable ingredients.
Not everything we like to eat is safe for Fido. Avoid giving your canine buddy anything that contains garlic, onions, scallions, or chives; nuts; chocolate; caffeine; mushrooms; alcohol; pitted fruits, especially avocados; or anything that contains xylitol, which is in many processed foods. Grapes, currants, and raisins are also highly toxic to dogs.
Treats are a great training aid. Dogs actually enjoy having jobs or tasks to perform: it’s great for their doggy self-esteem. Make sure Fido knows basic obedience commands first. Then, start showing your furry buddy more advanced commands, or have him do some cute tricks, like Shake or Roll Over.
Please contact us, your local Pasadena, MD vet clinic, with any questions or concerns about your dog’s health or care. We are here to help!