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Tips For Choosing Dog Treats

Does your canine buddy get super excited at the thought of a treat? Does he come running whenever you go near his treat jar? Treats are definitely one of Fido’s favorite things. However, there are some things to keep in mind when offering your pet snacks. Here, a Fort Collins, CO discusses giving your dog treats.

Store-Bought Treats

Given the option, Fido would no doubt happily sample every single brand of doggy treats that is out there. That’s probably not feasible, so you’ll need to pick for him. Get into the habit of reading labels, and choose products that list ingredients you can actually identify. Meat, fish, and/or poultry should make up the bulk of the ingredients. Also, be sure to choose treats that are the right size for your dog.

Homemade Goodies

If you like cooking, you can make Fido’s snacks. Just stick to foods that are safe for dogs. Plain, cooked meat, fish, or chicken are good options. You can also include things like cheese; eggs; bacon bits; peanut butter; sodium-free broth; plain yogurt; safe fruits and veggies, like pumpkin, peas, carrots, and bananas; and/or olive oil. Look online for recipes, or just make up your own.

Tricks For Treats

Many dogs actually enjoy working for their snacks. Have Fido perform a command for his snack. Once he’s mastered basic obedience commands, teach him some cute tricks, like Roll Over or Shake Paw.

Curb Begging

We can’t really talk about dog treats without discussing begging. Some of our canine patients have their humans wrapped right around their paws! If you absolutely can’t resist your pet’s sad eyes, offer him something healthy, like a carrot, instead of that meatball he’s drooling over.

Don’t Go Overboard

Although treats are beneficial, you don’t want to overindulge your pup. Generally, they should only make up about 5 percent of his daily caloric intake. Sorry Fido, you can’t have all that bacon!

Monitor Recalls

Although fortunately the odds of your dog ingesting tainted food or treats are slim, it’s always best to err on the side of caution. Monitor pet food recalls. You can do that through several websites, including the FDA site here and the AMVA site here. You can also set up email alerts.

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Homemade Holiday Presents for Fido

Have you started your holiday shopping yet? If not, you aren’t alone! Don’t forget to pick up something for your dog. Fido definitely deserves a special gift! After all, he’s loyal, loving, and super cute. Store-bought presets are fine, but if you want to save money, or just like being crafty, you can also make your pet’s things. Here, a Fort Collins, CO vet lists some homemade gifts you can make your dog.

Clothes

It may be easier than you think to make your pooch a cute little jacket. You can find patterns online that you can make from scratch. Or, you can upcycle a small sweater.

Bed

A comfy doggy bed is a great gift for your furry friend! If you have a large breed, turn over a coffee table or table with four legs. Stain or paint it, then add an orthopedic pet bed or a child’s mattress. A hard-shell suitcase, end table, or hatbox can be upcycled into a cute bed for smaller dogs. Look online for more ideas.

Rope Toys

Is Tug-O-War your pup’s favorite game? To make a rope toy for your furry pal, cut an old tee shirt or pillowcase into long, thin strips. Next, you’ll want braid those strips together. To make it prettier, use alternating colors. Then, braid the braids together. Tie the end off into a big knot. Voila! Instant happy dog.

Booties

Many of our four-legged buddies hate walking on snow. You can’t really blame them: going barefoot in freezing weather probably isn’t much fun! Salt, sand, ice, and chemical de-icers can also damage Fido’s paws. You can also buy your pet some soft booties. Or, make your own! Look online for ideas and instructions.

Treats

Do you enjoy cooking? Why not make your pup some yummy homemade treats? You’ll find some great recipes online. Just stick to the ones that use ingredients that are safe for Fido. Some suitable options include sodium-free broth; plain yogurt; liver powder; wheat germ oil; natural peanut butter; eggs; cheese; bacon bits; wheat-germ oil; and whole-wheat flour. Certain fruits and veggies, such as pureed pumpkin or squash, bananas, peas, and carrots, are also safe. Ask your vet for specific advice on safe and unsafe foods.

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Fido’s Favorite Holiday

Do you have a dog? If so, you may want to put a little paw print on your calendar for February 23rd: it’s National Dog Biscuit Day! If there’s one thing our canine friends love, it’s treats! Read on as a Fort Collins, CO vet talks about this pawesome special occasion.

Making Fido’s Treats

If you like baking, why not make your pooch’s treats yourself? Just be sure to use only healthy, nutritious ingredients. Some of the things you can experiment with are cooked, plain meat, chicken, or fish; cheese; bacon bits; eggs; whole-wheat flour; olive oil; bananas; natural peanut butter; sodium-free broth; plain yogurt; and pureed pumpkin. It’s also important for you to know what foods are dangerous for Fido. Garlic, onions, and chives; chocolate; caffeine; grapes, currants, and raisins; and nuts are all on the no-no list. Ask your vet for more information on safe and unsafe foods.

Shopping

There are dozens—if not hundreds—of doggy treats available in stores, and Fido would probably be more than happy to try them all. When shopping for your furry buddy, avoid anything with ingredients you can’t identify and/or pronounce. We also recommend staying away from items that were made overseas, as not all countries have strict guidelines for pet products.

Training Aids

Treats are a great training aid for dogs. When working with Fido, use smaller snacks, like pieces of hot dogs or deli meat. This is a great way to make sure your pooch really likes school!

Begging

Dogs have been our faithful companions for thousands of years. They’ve certainly had plenty of time to perfect the sad stare that is so effective at getting us to offer yummy treats. Begging is bad doggy manners, however. It can be particularly problematic if Fido starts acting pushy. Don’t fall for that plaintive look! If you really can’t resist, offer your pup a carrot stick instead of that piece of sausage he is eyeing.

Recalls

Occasionally, a bad batch of pet treats makes it to store shelves. This can be quite scary, as tainted food can make Fido very sick! You can track pet product recalls online on several sites, including the AVMA website here. Another option is to set up alert notifications for your email or smartphone.

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