Dog Treats: Do's And Don’ts
When you sit down to enjoy some of your favourite snack foods it is quite hard not to be tempted to share them with your favourite four-legged friend, especially when they are looking at you with their big beautiful hungry eyes. But as the human digestive system works quite differently to those of our four legged companions offering our pets treats off our plate is providing extra calories in their diet that will add up to extra kilos.
As in people, pets carrying extra kilos of weight place extra demands on virtually all the organs of their bodies. Animals that weigh over 20% of their ideal body weight are considered obese. The health risks to overweight pets are serious and every pet owner should be aware of them. An overweight pet may be susceptible to health problems such as:
- Damage to joints and bones
- Heart disease and high blood pressure
- Liver problems
- Reduced life span
Treating your dog
Dogs that are fed human snack foods can become dependent on them. Dogs will often refuse to eat their regular complete and balanced dog food. Feeding human snack foods may also lead to bad behaviours like constantly begging for food at meal times, scavenging in the rubbish bin or even stealing food from your plate.
It is always recommended that when you are looking for suitable treat, look for treats that are made with real ingredients. LUCKY DOG Meaty Chews are long-lasting chews, perfect for keeping your dog occupied.
* Based on average activity level of desexed dogs up to 20kg.
** Based on Goverrnment daily Calorie intake of an adult human 2080 kcal and medium breed dog 1059 kcal.