Does your pooch perk up when you go near his treat jar? Does Fido wake from a dead sleep at the sound of a cupboard or food wrapper opening? Man’s Best Friend is very fond of snacks, and who can blame him? We enjoy them, too! However, there are some things to keep in mind when giving your canine companion his treats. A Roanoke, VA vet offers some tips on this below.
Offer Safe Options
There’s really only one hard and fast rule for treats: be sure to stick with safe foods. Never let Fido have meat on the bone, raw dough or yeast, or anything that contains grapes, raisins, chocolate, xylitol, or pips or seeds. Fatty and salty foods are also off the menu, as are alcohol, avocado, caffeine, and anything that contains garlic or onions. Ask your vet for more information.
Be Cautious With Rawhide
Rawhide may be one of Fido’s favorites, but it can be problematic. Sometimes pups tear pieces off, which can cause choking and/or intestinal blockages. Ask your vet for more information.
Safety also applies to store-bought treats. Check labels, and avoid anything that’s loaded with fillers, such as high-fructose corn syrup. You may also want to keep an eye out for recalls. You can monitor them at the FDA site here or the AMVA site here. Or, set up email alerts.
Make Fido Work
Have Fido do a cute trick for his snack. This will help him feel proud and accomplished. Our canine pals love soaking up praise and rewards! Treats can also be a great help with training. Once your pooch has mastered basic commands, such as Sit, Stay, Heel, Come, and Lay Down, teach him something cute and fun.
Don’t Overdo It
This is probably the biggest pitfall. You aren’t doing your furry pal any favors if he starts packing on extra pounds from all those treats! Keep goodies to about 5 percent of Fido’s daily caloric intake.
Nip Begging In The Bud
We know, it’s hard to resist that cute face. However, begging is bad petiquette, and can also lead to behavioral issues. If you can’t help but give in, offer something small. Or, give Fido a string bean instead of that meatball he’s angling for.
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