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Giving Your Dog Treats

Does your dog come running when he hears you open the fridge? Has Fido perfected that adorably sad stare that is so effective at getting us to feed him? One thing we can say about all of our canine patients is that they are very, very enthusiastic about food, especially treats. However, there are some things to consider when feeding Fido snacks. A Green Bay, WI vet discusses giving your pooch snacks in this article.

Choosing Safe Treats

When shopping for your canine pal, get into the habit of reading labels. You’ll want to look for things with ingredients you can actually identify. Meat, fish, or poultry should be listed first and more frequently than anything else.

People Food

There are some things you can share with your pooch. Plain, boneless, meat, fish, or poultry is always a good bet. Fido may also enjoy a bowl of sodium-free broth. Certain fruits and veggies, such as spinach, sweet potato, squash, peas, cooked beans or peas, carrots, pumpkin, blueberries, strawberries, and/or banana, are safe as well. Dogs can also have plain yogurt, cheese, or peanut butter.

Homemade Goodies

If you like cooking, why not try making your furry buddy’s treats? You’ll find lots of recipes online. You can also experiment by mixing and match any of the ingredients we’ve listed above. Homemade treats can be very beneficial for people whose pets have specific food sensitivities and/or allergies, as you’ll know exactly what Fido is eating.

Unsafe Foods

Most dogs will eat pretty much anything and everything they can get their paws on. It’s up to you to make sure Fido doesn’t scarf down something that could be harmful to him. Never let your pup have anything that contains chocolate; caffeine; garlic, onions, or scallions; mushrooms; nuts; grapes, currants, or raisins; or alcohol. Meat on the bone is also unsafe, as are raw meat, dough or yeast; pitted fruits; and anything containing xylitol.

Rule Of Thumb

Treats are actually an important part of your pup’s care regimen. They’re a wonderful reward for good behavior. They also brighten up Fido’s day and make him feel loved. However, you don’t want to go overboard. Generally, snacks should only make up about 5 percent of your canine friend’s daily caloric intake. Ask your vet for more information.

Please contact us, your Green Bay, WI vet clinic, anytime. We’re always happy to help!

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