How to Buy Treats for Your Dog

Most dog lovers are guilty of spoiling their pets with treats. If you belong to that group, remember that too much snacking, though seemingly sweet and beneficial for the canine, isn't healthy. In fact, feeding pets excessively can put them at risk for a lot of things, like arthritis, obesity and even cancer. if you want your pet to live long, take it slow with the treats. More importantly, be sure to pick the right ones.  

Here are easy tips to keep in mind next time you shop for dog treats:

1. Stick to well-known brands.

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2. Examine the label.

The more complicated a treat's ingredient list seems to be, the more likely it's not good for your dog. Always scan for ingredients that everyone knows. Of course, anything with dyes and preservatives should be ruled out, along with those that have too much fat and sodium (salt) in them.

3. Easy on the table scraps.

If you want to give your dog table scraps, make sure you remove the onions, garlic, grapes, chocolates and raisins. These are all big no-no's for dogs (either they don't have the right enzymes to digest these foods, or they don't have enough). Keep your pet away from steaks, bacon, pork and everything fatty. Also, make it a point to put the table scraps in your pet's bowl. You don't want your dog begging at the table during each meal. Learn More

4. Control the daily amount of treats.  

Make sure to keep your dog's everyday treats to no more than 10% of his daily diet. Too much of these treats could mean that he's getting an excess of something and too little of the vitamins and minerals he actually needs.

5.Talk to the vet.  

Finally, remember that your vet is the best person to provide information regarding treats that you should and should not give your pet. Don't rely on your own theories about what pet treats should be. Don't hesitate to ask your vet any questions you may have. If you truly love your pet, take the time to ensure that he only gets the right treats in the right amounts.  

Clearly, having a pet is not just a joy but a responsibility. And one of your responsibilities as a dog owner is to keep him healthy. Treats are often overlooked because they seem like harmless additions to your pet's main diet, which is supposed to be composed of his meals. But don't be overconfident. Even treats can easily throw your pet's nutrition off balance, and that is why you have to be careful.
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