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Choosing Dog Treats

Does your four-legged pal come running when he hears the sound of a food wrapper? If so, he’s not alone. If there’s one thing that our canine patients are pretty much unanimously enthusiastic about, it’s food. However, while Fido would probably happily wolf down anything you hand him, it’s important to stick to safe, suitable snacks. A local White Rock, TX vet discusses dog treats in this article.

Buying Snacks

When buying treats for your pooch, get into the habit of reading labels. You’ll want to pick things that contain mostly whole foods that you can actually identify, such as beef, pork, chicken, turkey, and/or fish. Meat, fish, or poultry should be the first ingredients listed, and should make up the majority of the ingredients. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Homemade Goodies

If you like cooking, you can try your hand at making your dog’s things. The good thing here is that you can customize your pup’s treats to suit his tastes and/or dietary needs. Just stick to pet-safe ingredients. Meat, fish, and/or poultry are all good options. You can also include things like cheese, eggs, natural peanut butter, bacon bits, liver powder, wheat germ oil, and/or sodium free broth. Certain fruits and veggies, such as bananas, apples, peas, carrots, cooked squash or pumpkin, and blueberries are also fine.

Dangerous Foods

Fido decided a long time ago that he really, really, really likes our food. However, be very careful with what you share. Many people foods are toxic to pets! Garlic, onions, scallions, and chives area all unsafe, as are nuts, chocolate, caffeine, pitted fruits, and grapes, currants, and raisins. You’ll also want to avoid giving your dog meat on the bone; raw meat, eggs, or dough; and anything that contains xylitol.

Tricks For Treats

Why not have Fido perform tricks for his snacks? Many dogs actually like working for their snacks. Once your pup has mastered basic obedience commands, like Sit, Stay, and Lay Down, show him some cute tricks!

Portions

As mentioned above, dogs get very excited about treats. It’s natural to want to spoil your adorable pet a bit. However, you aren’t doing Fido any favors by overfeeding him. Keep treats to about 5 percent of your canine buddy’s daily food intake.

Please contact us, your White Rock, TX vet clinic, anytime. We’re also happy to offer advice on Fido’s diet and nutrition.

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