We all give in to the tail wagging and begging. But when it comes to giving your dog or cat treats, too many can be bad for their health.
It’s best to view your dog’s or cat’s treat as jus
t like you would chocolate for humans. (BTW – NEVER let your dog or cat eat chocolate – it can be fatal!) You wouldn’t sit down to a whole box of Hersey Kisses – just like you shouldn’t feed your dog or cat a whole box or bag of treats.
Treats should be fed as just that – treats – and not as food. The only exception is that if you have a geriatric pet who is a finicky eater and relies on treats for extra calories. Elsewhere in this blog, we suggest treats as food replacement under these circumstances. But for a healthy pet, treats should be limited.
Pets that are fed treats as much as regular food are at risk of becoming obese which can lead to heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes and other weight-related health problems. Today, more than HALF of all dogs and cats are obese and many pet owners fail to recognize that too many pounds can take years off of Fluffy’s or Fido’s life.
So TREAT your pet’s TREATS like TREATS. And the next time your pet begs for more, get out the ball or birdie and make time for play instead.
AS ALWAYS, CONSULT WITH YOUR VETERINARIAN ABOUT YOUR PET’S OVERALL HEALTH AND WELLBEING.
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