What is a healthy treat?
Anyone with a dog knows the importance of treats. Not only are they an invaluable training tool, they also play a huge role in forging a bond between you and your pet. Giving your dog a well-earned treat is a display of affection that they really appreciate.
Because treats can play such a vital role, it’s important to make sure they aren’t having an adverse health impact. For example, too many unhealthy treats can lead to obesity, which in turn leads to health issues and a diminished quality of life.
Healthy quantity per day
Even when dog treats are healthy, they can never replace a balanced diet in the long run. Instead, treats should be seen as exactly that: an enjoyable supplement to a dog’s daily diet. It’s the canine equivalent of having a piece of chocolate after dinner.
The number of treats should never exceed 5 – 10% of the daily amount of calories that your dog is allowed to eat. We advise keeping a note of this: it’s so easy to give your pet more treats than is really good for them.