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Dog Biscuit Day

Did you know that February 23rd is Dog Biscuit Day? Nothing gets Fido’s furry tail wagging like the thought of a yummy treat! Snacks and biscuits can be very beneficial for dogs, but you do want to be careful not to go overboard. Read on as a North Las Vegas, NV vet discusses Fido’s favorite snacks.

Choosing The Right Treat

With so many kinds of doggy treats available, choosing the best one can be overwhelming. Make a habit of reading labels. You’ll want to choose products with ingredients you can identify. Meat should be the first—and most numerous—item listed. It’s also important to make sure that you choose treats that are appropriate for your pup’s size. Little dogs can hurt their teeth on treats for big pooches, while larger breeds can choke on snacks made for pint-sized pooches. Last but not least, we recommend avoiding products made overseas, as many countries don’t have very strict regulations for pet foods.

Homemade Snacks

If you enjoy cooking, you may want to experiment with making your dog’s snacks. You’ll find lots of great recipes online. Just be sure to choose only recipes that contain ingredients that are both safe and healthy for Fido. Bananas, peanut butter, sodium-free broth, plain yogurt, shredded meat, and cheese are all suitable options. Never give your pet raw foods; garlic, onions, scallions, or chives; meat on the bone; grapes, currants, or raisins; chocolate; or anything containing xylitol. Ask your vet for more information on safe and unsafe foods.

Training

Used properly, treats are great training aids. Food is a perfect way to immediately reward Fido for doing something right. Treats helps dogs associate good behavior with yummy rewards, forming positive impressions and habits. Just be sure not to go overboard. If you give your canine pal too many treats, you’ll just end up spoiling your pet!

Trick For Treat

As we all know, Man’s Best Friend is a very skilled beggar, and is very skilled at getting us to hand over tasty tidbits. Don’t give in: begging is bad doggy manners! Make your canine pal earn at least some of his snacks, even if it’s just by doing a simple trick, like sitting on command.

Please contact us, your local North Las Vegas, NV pet hospital, with any questions or concerns about your dog’s health or care. We are always here to help!

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