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Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day

Fido’s favorite holiday is just around the corner: February 23rd is Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day! Treats are a great way to bond with your pup and get his cute tail going. They also make wonderful training aids! However, there are some things to keep in mind when your furry friend gives you that adorable expression he puts on when he wants a snack. A Sugar Land, TX vet discusses doggy treats in this article.

Store-Bought Products

Man’s Best Friend isn’t particularly choosy about his snacks, so he’ll probably be happy with anything you bring home. When buying treats, it’s a good idea to read the labels. Try to choose products that use ingredients you can actually identify. Meat, fish, or poultry should be the first things listed on the label, and they should be listed more than anything else. Also, be sure to choose snacks that are appropriate for your canine buddy’s age and size.

Homemade Goodies

If you enjoy cooking, you may want to try your hand at making Fido’s treats. Cooking for your pet can be beneficial, in that you can customize his treats to suit his tastes and needs. There are dozens, if not hundreds, of recipes available online. The main thing here is to be sure that you’re only using ingredients that are safe for your furry friend. Some good options are plain yogurt, sodium-free broth, organic baby food, liver powder, bacon bits, pureed pumpkin, natural peanut butter, wheat germ oil, plain meat, fish, or poultry, bacon grease, sweet potato, and small amounts of cheese. You can also add peas, carrots, spinach, strawberries, or other safe fruits and veggies.

Unsafe Treats

Not everything we eat is safe for dogs. Never feed Fido anything that contains garlic, onions, scallions, or chives; alcohol; caffeine; nuts; grapes, currants, or raisins; avocados; chocolate; or high amounts of salt, sugar, or fat. Other unsafe foods include meat on the bone and raw meat or dough. Ask your vet for more information.

Portion Control

Obesity is at near-epidemic proportions among our canine pals. We know, it’s hard to resist that adorable furry face. However, you aren’t doing your pet any favors by overfeeding him. Keep treats to about 5 percent of Fido’s daily caloric intake.

Do you have questions about your pet’s diet or health? We can help! Contact us, your local Sugar Land, TX vet clinic, anytime!

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