Choosing Dog Treats

If there’s one thing we can say for sure about dogs, it’s that they love treats. In fact, nothing gets that cute tail going like the promise of a tasty snack! While treats are definitely beneficial, there are some things to keep in mind when choosing Fido’s snacks. A Lafayette, LA vet discusses doggy treats in this article.

Shopping For Fido

Although your furry buddy will no doubt be delighted with any treats you bring home, it’s best to stick with healthy options. When shopping for your canine companion, be sure to read ingredient labels. (Tip: meat, fish, and/or poultry should be named first, and should be listed more frequently than anything else.)

Cooking For Your Pup

More and more people are trying their hand at making treats for their pets. There’s nothing wrong with this, though you will need to be careful. Stick with ingredients that are safe for your furry friend. Some good options are plain, cooked boneless meat, fish, or chicken; sodium-free broth; plain yogurt; bananas; natural peanut butter; wheat germ oil; liver powder; bacon grease; pureed pumpkin; and cheese.

People Food

Many popular foods are toxic to Man’s Best Friend. Never give Fido garlic, onions, scallions, or chives; chocolate; caffeine; alcohol; grapes, currants, or raisins; pitted fruit; raw meat, dough, or yeast; mushrooms; nuts; or anything that contains xylitol. Anything high in fat, carbs, or sugar should also be on the no-no list. It’s worth noting that some foods are fine in small amounts, but should not be fed too often. Organ meats, such as liver, fall into this category, as do fatty treats. Ask your vet for more information.

Tricks For Treats

Did you know that many dogs like doing ‘jobs?’ Have your canine buddy work for his snacks. You’ll want to start with simple obedience commands. However, once Fido has these down, show him some cute tricks. (Hint: Roll Over will always be adorable.)

Begging

Dogs have been our pals for a long time, and they’ve gotten pretty good at manipulating us. Fido may put on his most heartbreaking, ‘sad puppy’ expression when he sees you eating. Don’t let your pooch manipulate you into overfeeding him! If you can’t resist that adorable furry face, offer him a healthy snack, like a piece of kibble or a carrot.

Please contact us, your Lafayette, LA vet clinic, anytime. We’re always happy to help!

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