Just like humans, dogs love treats. From training, to simply just letting your pooch know that you love him, treats are often a big part of doggy life. While your puppy pal may love you for all of the treats that you are giving, experts say that it pays to be weary of what you allow your dog to eat.
“If you’re not careful, treats can add a substantial amount of calories to your dog’s otherwise normal, healthy diet,” veterinarian Tami Pierce told WebMD. Because treats are so small, Pierce explained that owners often do not even realise how much they are feeding their dog. “People will give their dog two, three and four treats at a time and not really think about it until they’re asked details about the dog’s health history and diet,” Pierce said.
If you are training your pup, or simply in the habit of giving fido a few too many treats, try giving him or her some of these natural foods as a healthy alternative to your high calorie treats.
It’s not just kids that love carrot sticks, but turns out that dogs are big fans too. Not only are carrots great for your dog’s teeth, but they are also very low in calories. While it may not sound like a treat to you, your dog is probably not going to be able to tell the difference between a crunchy carrot stick and a meaty or fatty treat.