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Choosing Doggy Treats

Does your canine pal come running when he hears the sound of a cheese wrapper? Fido certainly does love his snacks! In fact, dogs love their treats so much that there’s actually a day devoted to dog biscuits. February 23rd is National Dog Biscuit Day! Here, a Livonia, MI vet discusses choosing doggy treats.

Store-Bought Treats

There’s nothing wrong with store-bought treats, though we do recommend choosing carefully. Get into the habit of reading labels, and avoid anything with an ingredients list that reads like a chemistry project. It’s also a good idea to keep an eye out for recalls. You can check them on several websites, including the FDA site.

People Foods

Fido can enjoy quite a few different people foods. Cooked, plain meat, fish, or poultry, without the skin, bones, or fat, is a good option. Your pup may also enjoy canned tuna or chicken in water; shredded deli meat; eggs; or cheese. Most organ meats are also safe, as long as you don’t feed them too often. Your pooch can also have the occasional piece of hot dog, sausage, pepperoni, or bacon, but don’t go overboard with these fatty snacks. Dogs can also have certain fruits and veggies, such as bananas; cooked squash, beans, pumpkin, or spinach; apple slices; and blueberries.

Homemade Goodies

If you like cooking, you can make your pet’s snacks. This is a great way to customize Fido’s treats! Another benefit is that you will know exactly what your dog is eating. Just be sure to use only safe ingredients, such as those listed above. You can also include plain yogurt; sodium-free broth; liver powder; wheat germ or olive oil; whole-wheat flour; and organic baby food. Look online for great recipe ideas.

Unsafe Foods

Many popular foods are toxic to dogs. Never give Fido garlic, onions, scallions, or chives; pitted fruits, especially avocado; chocolate; caffeine; alcohol; meat on the bone; raw meat, dough, or yeast; grapes, currants, or raisins; or anything that contains xylitol.

Begging

We really can’t discuss doggy treats without addressing begging. We know, Fido’s furry face is hard to resist, but at the end of the day, begging is bad petiquette! Keep your pup in another room during meals. If you do break down, offer him a carrot stick instead of a hot dog.

Please contact us, your Livonia, MI pet clinic, anytime. We’re here to help!

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