Not only are our pets our fur babies, but they are also an investment. We want the very best for them just like we want the best for our children. We want to make sure they stay healthy, happy, and feel loved. It is important we ensure that they receive the proper amount of nutrition and exercise. It is also important that they feel safe and secure in their home. If pets feel unsafe they will suffer from health conditions such as anxiety, overeating, and stomach distress just like humans. We also like to reward our fur babies for good behavior.
People give treats for a variety of purposes such as, from training rewards to a way to keep them occupied, and even to reduce anxiety. The reason treats are given really doesn’t matter your fur baby is likely to be very happy to have a delicious treat. As much enjoyment the canine gets. Dog owners should heed exactly how many treats they are giving. Too many dog treats can lead to health and behavior issues such as obesity, decreased appetite for healthy food, and an array of other conditions. Obesity in dogs can also lead to decreased mobility and joint issues. Dogs require a nutrient-fortified diet that contains the proper amount of caloric intake that will enhance a normal weight. Remember treats are not necessary for optimal health, that is why they are called a treat. The majority of pet owners do not realize by giving the wrong treat or too many treats is causing harm. In fact, many dog owners view giving treats frequently is a way of bonding with their fur babies and that this is an important way of them staying bonded. Treats can be very beneficial when using for training and agility purposes or even to mask medications, they just need to be healthy dog treats.
There are many dog treat producers, the key is choosing one that is good for your dog's diet and health needs. Many dog owners have switched to using an all natural dog food and dog treat. Dog owners have also been known to give “leftovers” as a treat for their dogs. This is not recommended for this can lead to obesity and digestive issues. Many types of human foods can cause allergic reactions, upset stomach, skin irritations, and loose bowels. It is also common for dog owners to feed a grain free diet and there are grain free treats as well. It is best to have your veterinarian to recommend a good treat to give. Your veterinarian can usually recommend several different ones in case your dog doesn’t like one. Dogs are like humans they have likes and dislikes, they have feelings, they get upset, and they have good and bad days. Rely on your veterinarian for advice on how to manage a healthy amount of dog treats. He or she can give you advice on an acceptable amount of treats per day and when to and when not to give them.
Another thing to consider is the time of year. Some treats and food are more suitable in the hotter months than others. Like, peanut butter popsicles are recommended in the summer months. These can reward a certain behavior and help the dog cool down also. They are also a healthier choice versus ice cream that has high sugar content. In the winter months sweet potato jerky, apples, or other fresh winter vegetables are recommended as they provide a good source of vitamins and fiber. When giving treats daily also remember to make sure your dog is staying hydrated some treats can increase thirst so ensuring water is available is important.