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Practical Feeding Recommendations For Treats Handout

Practical Feeding Recommendations For Treats Handout

Practical Feeding Recommendations for Treats Overview

The nutrition handout has information about what treats and snacks are appropriate for your pet and when you should give treats.

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Feeding Recommendations for Treats Handout Summary


Pet owners can find a huge variety of treats for their dogs and cats. Before feeding your pet just any treat, you may want to consider the dietary and nutritional factors that accompany the food.
 
  • Are the treats specifically designed for dogs or cats?
Even though your pet may love people food, it’s best not to feed them scraps. Dogs and cats can’t handle the amount of calories in our food, leading to obesity or pancreatitis.
 
  • What is the purpose of the treats you’re looking to buy?
If you’re looking for snacks used in training, make sure they are soft and can be easily chewed.
 
  • Do you want treats that will improve your pet’s teeth?
If the treats are for dental health, you’ll want to research the product and make sure it will actually improve your pet’s teeth.
 

How should I treat my pet?

  • Treats are a reward.
Never give your dog or cat a treat to distract them from bad behavior, like barking. The treat will only reinforce his or her poor behavior.
 
  • Treats are not to relieve owner guilt.
Don’t toss your pet a treat just to let yourself off the hook for coming home late or not having time to take your pet to the park.
 
  • Treats don’t have to be food.
If your looking to lower your pet’s calories, you can give treats that aren’t food. A belly rub or playing with a pet’s favorite toy can be considered a treat.


How many treats should I give my pet?

The amount of treats will vary a little between each dog and cat. No pet should be given more 10% of his or her daily caloric intake in treats. For example:
 
  • Your dog needs 1,000 kcal of energy each day.
  • Then, he shouldn’t have more than 100 kcal in treats.
  • Each of his treats is 50 kcal.
  • Your dog may have two treats each day.


Learn more

You can bring your pet to a local Banfield Pet Hospital to speak with a veterinarian about your pets diets and how many treats he or she could have daily. You can also explore our nutrition section on this website for more helpful information on pet diets.