Dog Health & More
Monday April 27th, 2009
When you're doling out these little gifts, you feel good about rewarding him and he feels good about pleasing you. This goes a long way toward strengthening the bond between you and your dog.
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. Nearly half of all pets in the United States are overweight which puts them at higher risk for a number of health problems.
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 his regular daily diet can push him into overindulgence. If your dog is overweight, save treats for very special occasions only or choose low-cal treats.
It's hard to resist those pleading brown eyes under the table but if you give in, you may create a monster who begs constantly, even when your boss is visiting. Table scraps tend to be high in fat and sugar and can upset your dog's digestion as well as ruin his appetite for the nutritionally balanced food he should be eating.
Table scraps also contribute to obesity. It may be best to keep your dog out of the dining room when the family is eating.
You don't want to deprive your dog but how do you choose the proper treats for him?
With the vast array of dog treats available, do your best to make wise choices. Check ingredients and fat content. Ask your veterinarian about the right kind of treats for your pet. If your dog is healthy and eating a balanced diet, an occasional healthful treat will enrich his life.
Source: Adapted from the American Animal Hospital Association