Did you know that Fido’s favorite holiday is just around the corner? February 23rd is Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day! If there’s one thing dogs unanimously get excited about, it’s snacks! Here, an Omaha, NE vet discusses doggy treats.
There are actually some pretty great reasons to give Fido treats regularly. For one thing, this is a great way to make your pooch feel loved and safe, and brighten his day a bit. This is also a great way to bond with your pup, and get that cute tail wagging. Plus, treats are great training aids, and are a wonderful way to reward your furry friend for behaving well.
Fido really isn’t very picky when it comes to food. In fact, our canine buddies will eat pretty much anything and everything. Just be sure to offer your dog only safe, suitable treats. Store-bought snacks are fine, though we do recommend sticking to products that only use ingredients you can actually identify. You can also give your pup some people food, such as cooked, plain meat, fish or poultry, without the skin, bones, or fat; shredded deli meat; certain fruits or veggies; or the occasional bite of hamburger, sausage, or egg. Don’t go overboard with fatty treats, however: you don’t want your pet becoming obese! Ask your vet for recommendations.
We really can’t talk about doggy treats without discussing Fido’s penchant for begging. Some of our canine friends are quite theatrical! We know, it’s hard to resist that adorable furry face, but don’t let your pooch convince you to spoil him. If you really can’t resist that sad stare, pull the old switcharoo on Fido, and give him a carrot stick instead of that meatball he’s eyeing.
Does your dog know how to Shake, Roll Over, or Play Dead? Have him do a little trick before he gets his snack. (Note: make sure Fido knows simple obedience commands before you teach him fun tricks.)
Never give Fido garlic, onion, scallions, or chives; grapes, currants, or raisins; chocolate; alcohol; caffeine; avocados; or xylitol. Pitted fruits are also on the no-no list, as are raw meat, yeast, or dough; meat on the bone; and fried or fatty foods.
Please call us, your Omaha, NE pet hospital, for all your dog’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!