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Doggy Treat Do’s and Don’ts

Did you know that February 23rd is International Dog Biscuit Day? Doggy treats are definitely one of Fido’s favorite things, and they are a great way to pamper your pet and get that furry tail wagging. However, it is very important to choose healthy, suitable snacks for your canine buddy. Here, a Greenville, SC vet offers some doggy treat do’s and don’ts.

Do’s

Only offer your pooch treats that you know are safe for him. When it comes to pet products, all brands are definitely not created equal! Always check the labels when shopping for your pet. Choose brands with ingredients that you can both identify and pronounce. If you want, you can make your canine pal’s snacks yourself. There are many great recipes available online. Just be sure you are using only dog-safe ingredients. Some good options are meat, cheese, eggs, wheat-germ oil, bananas, peanut butter, and bacon bits. Treats are also great for training your pup! Use small pieces when working with your furkid: you don’t want to accidentally overfeed your adorable student!

Don’ts

Dogs are masters at getting us to fork over yummy snacks. We know, it’s hard to resist that sad, soulful stare. If you always give in to that furry face, you could be doing more harm than good! Begging is a major factor behind doggy obesity, which is very bad for Fido’s health! It’s also important not to let your four-legged buddy have dangerous foods. Garlic, onions, scallions, and chives; chocolate; meat on the bone; raw meat, dough, or yeast; grapes, currants, and raisins; nuts; avocados; and anything containing xylitol are all on the forbidden foods list. These things can make your canine companion very sick! When shopping for your pup, we recommend skipping products that were manufactured overseas. Not all countries have strict guidelines for pet products, and you don’t want to take a chance on your pooch ingesting something that isn’t safe! Ask your vet for specific recommendations.

Tips

When you want to offer your dog a treat, have him work for at least some of his treats. You don’t have to make Fido run through his whole repertoire of tricks: just have him Sit or Gimme Paw. This is great for building your pet’s confidence!

Do you have questions about Fido’s health or care? Call us! As your Greenville, SC animal clinic, we’re here to help.

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