Choosing The Right Dog Treats
All dogs deserve an occasional treat! Treats can be a good thing. Some are designed to enhance canine dental health or a favorite food can also provide great motivation for your dog during training or when you want to simply encourage good behaviour. Treats are a great way too strengthen the bond.
Many of the treats dogs love the most are high in fats or sugars. These can be a hidden cause of weight gain as it is easy to lose track of the amount of treats you hand out over the course of a day or during training sessions. Depending on his level of activity, a 20-pound dog may burn only 700 calories a day. If one large dog biscuit contains 100 calories, just 2 or 3 of these added to the regular daily diet can push him/her into overindulgence. If your dog is overweight, save treats for very special occasions only or choose low-cal treats.
- Choose treats formulated especially for dogs – these are designed to please the palate without upsetting his tummy. Offer treats that have added nutrients or dental benefits. Try giving your dog fresh veggies such as carrots, green beans or broccoli. These are low in calories and high in fibre.
- Keep track of calories in the treats and subtract these from your dog’s total daily diet to prevent overindulgence.
- Make sure your dog eats his nutritionally balanced food before filling up on treats.
- Try to keep treats to under 10 percent of his diet.
- With the vast array of dog treats available, do your best to make wise choices. Check ingredients and fat content
Happy Pets Doggy Day Care Centre stock a wide range of treats including a pure range made from 100% meat. We also sell grain free and wheat gluten options to suit all palates.
We sell directly: Cheese & Ham Bites, Salmon & Potato Cookies, Fish Cubes, Black Pudding Bites, Pure Goat, Pure Duck, Pure Liver & Turkey Necks. You can visit www.k9magictreats.co.uk for more local, scrummy, healthy & low calorie treats.