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Treats are fine but in moderation

Depositphotos_19533969_m-2015We 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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Products that can prevent dental disease in your DOG

171_PawsitivelyHealthy_Dental_Health_Jan16_Flyer (2) DOGThere are numerous products on the market that can help reduce plaque and tarter buildup on your dog’s teeth.

They include dental chews and treats, dental sprays and gels, and toothpastes for brushing.  Click here for some of my favorites and a shopping list for your pet.

Each of these products offers its own benefits. And all will have some impact on making your dog’s teeth cleaner and reducing the signs of dental disease.

But NONE REPLACE AN ORAL EXAM BY YOUR VETERINARIAN.  Your veterinarian can check for signs and symptoms that these products cannot, such as:

  • Broken and loose teeth
  • Signs of gum disease
  • Oral and facial cancers
  • Root problems (why your pet needs dental x-rays!)

So before you rely only on off-the-shelf products for your pet’s dental care, make sure they have a through exam with their veterinarian.

The products are a good way to SUPPLEMENT your vet’s care.  They are NOT a replacement for veterinary care.

Using these products WILL help make you a better observer of your pet’s oral health.

By using them you will become more familiar with “what is normal” and how your pet’s mouth SHOULD look.  Then when something doesn’t  look quite right, you’ll know it.