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Tips on Choosing Healthy Dog Treats

A known fact is that dogs love treats, and at times they can get many calories from their treats, and if the person is not careful, the treats can add a good amount of calories to the dog's normal healthy diet. The truth is that people do not realize how many treats the dogs gets daily and most people give the dog between two to four treats at one time without considering the link  details about the dog's diet and health history.

There is ten percent rule that state that the snacks and treats only make up ten percent of the dog's daily calorie intake and to get an idea of how many treats the dog needs the person needs to ask the veterinary officer. This calculation is based on various factors like their weight, the kind of treats that the dog likes and the level of activity of the dog.

The pet owner can skip the dog treats bought from stores that are rich in sugar, fat and have many preservatives and instead they should try to offer the dog some vegetables. It is good to state that the person can give the dog a baby carrot, broccoli, or green beans that have no calories and since dogs are not that selective, they will still eat the dog treats. It is good to state that dogs are open to all kinds of foods thus even vegetables can be good treats and they are open to things like banana slices, apple slices (with no seeds) and watermelon but the person should steer clear of raisins, grapes, chocolate, onions and any other thing that has caffeine which is toxic to dogs. Other snacks that work just as well are air popped popcorn without any butter or salt and plant rice cakes that have been broken about into little pieces.

It is good to note that the person should get treats that are easy on their teeth and skip anything that is hard like antlers, bones, or hooves. Many new treats in the market fracture teeth and a general rule to follow is that if the person pushes the thumb into a treat and it leaves a mark, then the treat is safe and not too hard for the dog to chew safely. It is good to state that there is one exception for getting treats and this is concerning rawhide, which is a treat that becomes soft as the dog chews on it. It is vital that the owner keeps an eye on the dog as it gnaws on it because the treat can break into small pieces that can be lodged in the throat and when the rawhide starts getting smaller it is best to take it away. The person can rethink the treats because treats are things that are supposed to bring the dog joy, but they do not have to be food.