Healthy and safe options
We use treats not only to spoil our pets and show them we love them, but also for positive reinforcement training. We must, however, be careful of what we offer and how often we give it. Check the kilojoule content and factor this in with your dog’s current daily diet. Treats should only make up about 10% of your dog’s total daily kilojoule intake.
An increase in food intake will result in an overweight pet, and these foods include treats, chews and titbits. A medium-sized dog having an extra chew as a treat during the course of the day is equivalent to a person eating a chocolate bar. Or the same dog eating a small portion of cheese as a titbit is the same as a person eating a whole hamburger as an extra snack during their day.
When choosing the right treat for your dog, make sure the item is healthy and safe for dogs to eat. When buying commercial dog treats, check the kilojoule content and read the ingredients list.
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