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International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day

One of Fido’s favorite holidays is just around the corner. February 23rd is International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day! Treats are actually very beneficial for dogs. First and foremost, they are a great way to keep that cute tail wagging. They’re also a wonderful training aid. Plus, giving your canine buddy treats will help strengthen the bond between you. However, there are some things to keep in mind. Here, a Cameron Park, CA vet offers some tips on giving your pup snacks.

Choosing Treats

Given the option, Fido would probably be absolutely thrilled to taste test every treat in pet stores and grocery stores across town. However, unless you want a truckload of doggy snacks delivered to your home, it’s up to you to choose. Get into the habit of reading labels, and opt for products that list meat, fish, or chicken first and most often on the label. Try to avoid anything with an ingredient list that reads like a lab experiment.

Rawhide Treats

You may have heard that there is some debate about whether rawhide chews are safe. The issue here is that some dogs are very strong chewers, and can break off and ingest small pieces. This can cause serious internal injuries. Ask your vet for specific advice.

How Many Treats?

The same rules of thumb apply to giving dogs treats as they do for people. The main thing is not to go overboard. Generally, treats should only make up about 5 percent of your canine pal’s daily caloric intake.

Recalls

While recalls fortunately aren’t an everyday occurrence, they do happen, and they are something to keep an eye on. You can follow recall alerts at the FDA site here or the AMVA site here. You can also set up an email alert.

Homemade Treats

Do you enjoy cooking? If so, you can make your furry friend’s snacks. You’ll find great options online, but you can also make your own. For a base, you can use combinations of any of these foods: natural peanut butter, ripe bananas, pureed pumpkin, plain yogurt, organic baby food, olive oil, or sodium free broth. You can also try adding things like cheese; bacon bits; liver powder; boneless meat, fish, or chicken; or safe fruits and veggies. Ask your vet for more information.

Please contact us, your local Cameron Park, CA vet clinic, anytime. We’re here to help!

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