With the holidays almost upon us, many pet owners will be stocking up on treats for their pets. What pet doesn’t like treats? They make great holiday gifts for almost any type of pet, and can be a great way to treat your best friend without spending too much or giving him/her table scraps. But not all treats are created equal. It’s important to pick out treats that your pets enjoy, but also one’s that are healthy and safe.
A lot of pet treats on the market today aren’t very good for your pets. Keep in mind that, unfortunately, a lot of the companies manufacturing products for animals main concern is making a profit. Some pet products are not just unhealthy, but can be dangerous. Some treats have ingredients that aren’t appropriate for the type of animal they are marketed for. For example, seed treats are high in fat and starches, and are inappropriate treats for rabbits. However, there are treats with these ingredients marketed for rabbits. Don’t fall into the trap of picking out treats based on their looks. Colorful treats are sold more to attract people than animals, and the dyes used to color them can be unhealthy. Pets don’t care what color or shapes their treat is, as long as it tastes good!
If your pet has any allergies, make sure to learn what they are allergic too and pick out treats that don’t contain those ingredients. Look for foods that contain healthy, digestible ingredients. Less can be more! The healthiest treats will be the ones that aren’t loaded with chemical preservatives and artificial flavors. Look for foods with natural ingredients. Simple, natural treats taste just as good, if not better, to your pet and are healthier for them too!
Whether training or just treating, if you are feeding your pet a lot of treat foods during the day, make sure to account for that when you feed them their normal meals. Cutting back on their regular meals can help compensate for the amount of calories your pet gets from treats. This way you can treat your pet without having to worry about them gaining weight.
Treats can be a great tool to reward and strengthen your bond with your pet. Animals don’t know which foods are good for them and which aren’t. They only know the pleasure of getting rewarded. That’s why it’s up to owners to pick out treats that are healthy for our pets.
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