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Tips for Giving Fido Treats

May 1, 2021

Does your canine pal like snacks? If not, you may want to make him an appointment, as this is decidedly unusual. Most pups absolutely love treats! However, there are a few things to keep in mind here. A local Chesapeake, VA vet lists some of the do’s and don’ts below.


D  on’t Overdo It 

First and foremost, don’t spoil Fido with food. It’s probably safe to say that overfeeding treats plays a role in the skyrocketing rates of doggy obesity. Snacks should not make up more than about 5 percent of your furry buddy’s daily caloric intake.


Labels

All treats are definitely not created equal. Many brands contain things like wheat flour, food coloring, and corn syrup, which really aren’t great for Fido. Read the ingredients, and opt for things that contain mostly meat, fish, and/or poultry.


Be Cautious With Chews

Rawhide chews may be one of Fido’s favorite thinge, but don’t go overboard. These can cause intestinal blockages, which can be very dangerous. They can also break off into small pieces, which then become choking hazards. Additionally, products made overseas are often treated with chemicals. Ask your vet for more information. 


Make Fido Work For It

One of the many things we love about our canine buddies is the fact that they really like to please their humans. Have Fido do something for his treat! Treats are excellent training aids, as they’re just a great way to reward your furry pal for getting something right. Once your pooch has been trained, you still can use treats to reinforce his ‘petucation.’ 


Avoid Unsafe Foods

Dogs are masters at getting us to share our food. However, this can be dangerous, as Fido could end up eating something that isn’t safe for him. Some unsafe foods include garlic and onions; grapes, currants, and raisins; meat on the bone; raw dough; nuts; chocolate; alcohol; caffeine; avocado; anything with seeds or pips; and anything that contains xylitol. As a rule of thumb, your pup can have most types of plain, cooked meat, fish, or poultry, without the skin, bones, or fat.


Consult Your Vet

Every dog has unique needs, so what works for one pup may not work for another. The next time Fido comes in, ask your vet about his treat regimen.


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