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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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Dry foods help reduce dental disease in dogs

Dog eating food

Dog owners always have question about whether to feed their pet dry or canned foods.  This can be a daunting decision, given the number of both dry and canned foods.

High quality dry foods can easily meet the nutritional requirements of most dogs.  You will want to check labels for the amount of meat-based proteins the food contains versus grains.  Higher priced dry foods will tend to contain more meat-based proteins than their lower-priced competitors.

The added benefit of dry food is that chewing on it reduces the buildup of plaque and tarter on your dog’s teeth.  Dogs that eat only a wet or canned diet are more prone to dental disease if the diet is not balanced with treats and toys for chewing.  Some dogs – if raised on only canned food – will refuse to eat dry food at all – so it’s important to start your dog early on at least a partial dry diet.  In many cases, we suggest waiting until the dog is of senior age before giving a preponderance of canned foods.

NOTE: The above does NOT pertain to cats who have different nutritional needs.  See other blogs on cat nutrition.

AS ALWAYS, CONSULT WITH YOUR VETERINARIAN ABOUT YOUR PET’S OVERALL HEALTH AND WELLBEING.

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Products that can help Fido get physically fit

In case you missed our Pawsitively Healthy workshop on “Are your furry friends too fat?, we handed out some great information to help your dog lose weight.

Our handout on  Products that can help Fido get physically fit includes high nutrition, low-calorie dog foods along with toys that will help keep your dog active.

We recommend that any pet weight loss only be done under the supervision of your veterinarian.

See the handout here: Handout — products to help your DOG lose weight

More than half of all dogs and cats are overweight. Sign up your pet for our Pound Patrol weight-loss challenge!

poundpatrolregPound Patrol is a veterinarian-guided weight-loss challenge that we are sponsoring at our White Lake (Highland Rd.) store for dogs and cats, to help them reach their ideal weight.  There is NO COST to participate.

Pet owners who sign their pets up for the challenge will bring their pets to Pet Supplies Plus of White Lake at 6845 Highland Rd., on Thursday, October 29th from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 pm for a no-cost evaluation and weigh-in by veterinarian Andrea Putt, DVM, of Commerce Village Veterinary Hospital.  PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  Pick up a Pound Patrol registration from at our register or from any Pet Supplies Plus / White Lake store team member.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This evaluation does NOT include a pet wellness exam which is recommended to be performed at least annually — twice annually for senior pets — by your regular veterinarian.