When it comes to treats, there are a lot of amazing ones that are being sold on the market. There are also a variety of good ones that can be found in our own homes. The dilemma now is choosing the right ones for our pets. Can you feed a dog the same food you eat? Instead of finding out through trial and error, we’ve laid out the guidelines for you.
To find out more, here’s an article discussing the different treats we can feed our dogs as well as what to avoid and how we can share the delicious experience with them. Keep reading.
The veterinarian’s recommendations
Keep in mind that food that might be healthy for us isn’t automatically also healthy for our pets. There are specific ones that dogs should stay away from. Then there are those that can be given but only with limitations.
Dogs, unlike cats, aren’t complete carnivores. They are actually omnivores. Opportunistic ones. Not only can they eat fish and meat but they can also consume controlled amounts of fruits and vegetables.
Before offering your dog a treat, keep in mind that obesity is a very common case for household dogs. When you buy commercial snacks, always check the number of calories they have. This will help you decide how frequent you can give a dog that treats.
Here is another thing to note about positive reinforcement using treats. You can use petting and praise too instead of just giving them treats. This is not feeding, this is rewarding. So keep the treats to a reasonable frequency.
What treats to use
Pet shops and supermarkets sell a lot of doggy treats. There are also stores online that sell them. What you should look for are those that are considered high quality, natural, and organic.
By choosing the healthier options, you will prevent your dog from experiencing stomach issues like diarrhea. The right treats will depend on your dog’s needs and level of acceptance to treats. Special treats also exist for dogs experiencing obesity.
Treats that consider a dog’s size and weight also exist in the market. How about if you don’t want to give commercial treats? Don’t worry there are other alternatives.
You don’t have to buy snacks when there are healthy alternatives you have at home. Crunchy snacks like carrots, green beans, and pears are good treats to offer. They are also pretty cheap options you can obtain.
You can bake liver and add some sugar and salt. Cook the liver strips in an open oven to achieve crunchy results. Peanut butter made with exclusive peanuts is also a healthy choice.
Soft treat options include red fruits like blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries. These are great antioxidants. They are also very tasty too.
Potatoes and sweet potatoes are awesome when baked but they can also be prepared in other ways too. Dogs are really adaptive concerning food so you don’t really need to spend that much for treats. When in doubt, ask your vet.