Healthy Treat Alternatives for Dogs

Many of us pet owners think that by giving our fury friends treats this will make them love us even more than they already do. However, I believe that your pet will appreciate you even more if you give them a good pat or play with them versus offering a treat. I am not saying that it is not okay to treat your pet every once and while. Simply to be more diligent with the amount of treats we give our pets each and every day.

Now a days a lot more pets are getting overweight, and a main reason is because they are receiving too many unhealthy treats. Stay clear from any of the commercial treats out on the market. Many of these treats are high in calorie and especially if your pet is already having a hard time with their weight, this is not something we want to add into their daily portion. Instead here are some healthier, low in calorie options for treats:

·    Vegetables: carrots, celery, lettuce, cucumber

·    Fruits: oranges, apples

·    Small amounts of yogurt

·    Treats that are easily broken up into tiny pieces: liver treats (your dog won’t notice the difference between a tiny liver treat and a giant biscuit)

·    Steal some of their regular kibble from their daily portion of food

These are some of the healthier alternatives for treats. However as I said before, the best thing you can do for your pet is spend some quality time with them. I guarantee they are going to love it.

If you are curious whether a type of food maybe good to give to your pet that has not been mentioned in the list above then please consult your local veterinarian to ask about it.

By Emilie Gauthier, Certified Animal Health Technicia

Staffed by caring professionals, Animal 911 Hôpital Vétérinaire is endorsed by their many pets – starting with Dr. W and his four cats: Bubbles, Misia, Bisous and Duszek. Dr. Wybranowski – (Dr. W. for short) has been actively building their practice and range of expertise for 30 years – from his early start in a one-room practice from his home.

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